How to Become a Law Clerk?

How to Become a Law Clerk?

A law clerk is works for a judge and lawyers.A law clerk performs a wide variety of tasks such as preparing legal documents, conducting legal analysis, and conducting research. A law clerk will prepare draft opinions for cases that will act as the foundation for lawyers and judges.judge’s decision based on their research. Law clerks also significantly contribute to the formation of new case law because of their contributions to judges’ rulings.

Steps to become a law clerk

Complete 12th class

Take a entrance exam for bachelor degree

LSAT

Clat 

Earn bachelor degree or diploma in legal studies

Do an internship

Earn master degree

Earn PhD degree

Gain some experience

Judicial internships are recommended as law clerk positions require an individual to have sufficient experience in the legal field.You can work as a law clerk without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Have basic knowledge of computers, and be skilled in using legal research tools like SCC Online, Manupatra, WestLaw, LexisNexis, etc.

Be more than 18 years and less than 27 years of age.

Minimum Education required

Diploma or certificat in legal studies or law related subject.

Master of law

Personal requirements for a Law Clerk

Interested in the law

Good knowledge of the English language

Able to work accurately with attention to detail

Able to think logically and clearly

Maintaining chambers library and supervise chambers staff

Making recommendations on the disposition of appeals

Taking sworn statements from witnesses

The majority of individuals that wish to work as a law clerk will complete a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of law school.

Degree required

LLB 

Diploma in legal studies

Master of law

PhD of law

The law firm or court will instruct clerks on basic processes related to their systems. Training may also include learning about specific types of software or computer systems.

The job of a judicial clerk is a contractual position, that ends in one year. The court does not guarantee, and in most of the cases does not provide any opportunity for employment after the period of contract is over. Nevertheless, a judge can extend a candidate’s clerkship period if his or her work is impressive and is of value.

Salary 

Law Clerk with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of ₹291,179 per annum.

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