What does a Document Clerk do?

Law clerks are attorneys who work for judges in the municipal, state, and federal court systems. They are called upon to draft memoranda and opinions and to perform tasks for judges, including legal research. As the right-hand assistants to their judges, law clerks make recommendations about the disposition of cases and appeals. They have the ability to heavily influence a judge's decision based solely upon their research, which lends to their potential to contribute to the formation of new case laws.

Law clerks verify legal citations, attend hearings, and provide support for their judges during any and all court hearings and proceedings. In assistant roles, clerks prepare files for hearings and manage their judges' filing systems. Through their research, law clerks assist judges in making informed legal decisions. They prepare the documentation used within legal proceedings alongside various legal documents that will be used later on or in proceedings. To be a law clerk, most judges prefer to hire recent law school graduates with a Juris Doctor degree.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Document Clerk Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,358 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $55K
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Document Clerk Career Path

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Modern Family Law
Summer Law Clerk
Sep. 17, 2019

“I was able to make good personal and professional connections because everyone was personable and friendly.”

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Court Monitor
Aug. 15, 2019

“Time employed was a great opportunity for me and I can honestly say I had no cons.”

Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez
Law Clerk
Aug. 5, 2021

“The supervising attorneys were willing to teach and provide sound feedback to encourage growth and development.”

Sweet JamesSweet James
Law Clerk
Nov. 24, 2020

“I feel like i am apart of a great family working at this firm and I wouldn't have it any other way!”

The Law Offices of Max ElliottThe Law Offices of Max Elliott
Senior Legal Clerk
Mar. 2, 2021

“I do not take this lightly when I say that Max is the best boss I have ever had.”

Law Clerk
Jan. 16, 2020

“Zero career growth unless switch departments but then you can't since don't have the designations.”

Domestic Helper
Feb. 26, 2021

“Good Salary and good hearted employer”

Public CounselPublic Counsel
Law Clerk
Jun. 27, 2019

“People are nice and accommodate.”

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