Inside Law Clerk Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"So Much Goes On Behind The Scenes...
I was surprised at how tedious the tasks I do are. I was surprised how much work goes on behind the scenes for a simple, short hearing before a judge." (Law Researcher; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in South Carolina, female
School: Studied History at University Of Florida in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2012

"More Than Meets The Eye...
There is much more to our court system than what you see. Most of the work done involves a man sitting at a desk and many papers." (Probate Clerk; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, male
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Central GA Tech in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 2011

"Working As Quickly As Possible...
Most people are surprised on the amount of work that is put into this career, since the court typically requires that a transcription is completed as quickly as possible. Often times we stay up all night completing the transcription." (Court Reporting; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Court Reporting at Stenographic Institute Of WNY in New York; completed Certificate degree in 2012

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Law Clerk: "The best part of my job is that I have the ability to work from home and I can make my own hours when I do not feel like going into the office. I bill my time hourly, so if I work at night or on weekends, I just give my time sheet to the office manager, who then bills the clients, and pays me weekly. Another good part about my job is that I can continue my education in the field through practical on the job experience, and am also able to take courses at night to further my education in general." (2011)

Career Tips

"Think About Your Decision...
Do internships and shadow judges and lawyers before deciding to go into the law field." (Law Researcher; 2014)

"Always Connect With Others...
In order to be successful at court reporting, it is good to make connections with clients who may potentially hire you in the future. You can achieve this by starting out your career at a large company who will assign contacts for you." (Court Reporting; 2013)

"The Mighty Pen...
With so much paperwork involved, I would advise anybody following my career path to brush up on their handwriting skills. It truly slows down the system when somebody with bad handwriting has to be constantly asked to redo their work." (Probate Clerk; 2013)

"Read Books On Legal Research...
I would advise someone looking to be a law clerk or work in the legal profession to take psychology and economics courses, including accounting. There are many books on how to conduct legal research, and enrolling in a degree program for law studies or paralegal training is also a plus. Additionally, you should always have a writing sample prepared to show to potential employers. Keep your resume up to date, and try to take on legal internships or volunteer in legal organizations to get experience." (Law Clerk; 2011)