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Working As A Law Clerk

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Law Clerk Do

A Law Clerk is responsible for researching, compiling, comparing, and organizing legal documents for judges and lawyers. They research law, assemble case materials, and write reports.

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Law Clerk Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Attorney At Law 5.5 years
Senior Attorney 4.7 years
Solo Practitioner 4.5 years
Counselor At Law 4.4 years
Lawyer 4.3 years
Attorney 4.2 years
Paralegal 3.5 years
Associate Attorney 3.2 years
Docket Clerk 3.1 years
Career Law Clerk 2.5 years
Attorney Law Clerk 2.3 years
Federal Law Clerk 2.2 years
Legal Clerk 2.1 years
Judge's Clerk 1.9 years
Legal Researcher 1.8 years
Judicial Law Clerk 1.4 years
Judicial Clerk 1.3 years
Law Clerk 1.0 years
Summer Clerk 0.6 years
Legal Extern 0.6 years
Law Internship 0.6 years
Summer Associate 0.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 22.8%
Legal Extern 22.5%
Paralegal 3.8%
Volunteer 3.3%
Teacher 1.4%
Fellow 1.4%
Attorney 1.4%
Associate 1.3%
Professor 1.3%
Top Employers After
Attorney 17.4%
Associate 9.8%
Internship 6.4%
Volunteer 2.0%
Paralegal 1.9%
Fellow 1.8%
Partner 1.8%

Law Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

49.5%

Female

47.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

77.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

12.9%

Mandarin

5.0%

Chinese

4.4%

German

4.0%

Russian

4.0%

Italian

3.4%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

2.7%

Hindi

2.2%

Korean

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Urdu

1.4%

Hebrew

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Greek

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Polish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Armenian

0.6%
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Law Clerk Education

Schools

John Marshall Law School

8.1%

South Texas College of Law

7.1%

Southwestern Law School

6.6%

DePaul University

5.9%

Georgetown University

5.4%

University of Miami

5.3%

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

5.3%

George Washington University

5.2%

American University

5.1%

Hofstra University

4.9%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

4.8%

New York Law School

4.7%

Suffolk University

4.5%

Florida Coastal School of Law

4.2%

Case Western Reserve University

4.0%

Michigan State University-College of Law

4.0%

Loyola University of Chicago

3.9%

University of Denver

3.8%

Temple University

3.7%

Chapman University

3.6%
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Majors

Law

74.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

7.9%

Political Science

3.2%

Business

2.7%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Journalism

1.3%

Taxation

1.1%

Legal Support Services

1.0%

Finance

0.8%

English

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

History

0.7%

Legal Studies

0.5%

Economics

0.5%

Accounting

0.5%

Communication

0.4%

Writing

0.4%

Dispute Resolution

0.4%

Sociology

0.4%

Education

0.4%
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Degrees

Doctorate

78.7%

Masters

8.0%

Bachelors

6.4%

Other

4.2%

Certificate

1.6%

Associate

0.8%

Diploma

0.1%

License

0.1%
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Real Law Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Law Clerk DLA Piper LLP (Us) Seattle, WA Jun 07, 2015 $230,000
Law Clerk DLA Piper LLP (Us) Seattle, WA Jul 06, 2015 $230,000
Law Clerk Debevoise & Plimpton LLP New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $230,000
Pre-Admitted Law Clerk/Associate White & Case LLP New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $230,000
Senior Law Clerk Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $230,000
Law Clerk Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC Washington, DC Aug 12, 2015 $225,000
Law Clerk Fenwick & West LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 22, 2015 $212,000 -
$230,000
Senior Law Clerk Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP San Francisco, CA Oct 24, 2016 $210,000
Pre-Admitted Law Clerk/Associate White & Case LLP New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $210,000 -
$260,000
Law Clerk DLA Piper LLP (Us) Washington, DC Sep 16, 2016 $210,000
Law Clerk Debevoise & Plimpton LLP New York, NY May 12, 2016 $210,000
Law Clerk Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $210,000
Law Clerk Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $210,000
Law Clerk O'Melveny &Amp; Myers LLP Menlo Park, CA Jul 20, 2015 $210,000
International Law Clerk White & Case LLP Miami, FL Jun 01, 2016 $155,000
International Law Clerk White & Case LLP Miami, FL Sep 18, 2015 $155,000 -
$165,000
International Law Clerk White & Case LLP Miami, FL Jan 06, 2016 $155,000
Law Clerk Pepper Hamilton, LLP Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2016 $150,000
Law Clerk Venable LLP Los Angeles, CA Feb 02, 2015 $150,000 -
$260,000
Law Clerk DLA Piper LLP (Us) New York, NY Aug 04, 2015 $150,000
Law Clerk Baker and McKenzie LLP Miami, FL Aug 15, 2016 $145,000
Law Clerk Dechert LLP Philadelphia, PA Aug 26, 2015 $145,000 -
$260,000
Law Clerk Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2015 $54,262
Law Clerk Salcedo Attorneys at Law P.A. Miami, FL Sep 03, 2015 $54,262
Law Clerk Law Office of Frank Xu, PLLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $54,000
Law Clerk Ricci Sprouls PC San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $53,970
Law Clerk Inventus Law Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $53,810
Law Clerk Law Offices of Jean D. Chen San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2015 $53,810
Law Clerk Law Offices of Jean D. Chen San Jose, CA Aug 25, 2015 $53,810

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Top Skills for A Law Clerk

DiscoveryDocumentsPre-TrialMotionsComplaintsComplexLegalIssuesLegalMemosPersonalInjuryCasesLegalDocumentsCounselSummaryJudgmentRealEstateFamilyLawBankruptcyCivilLitigationMedicalMalpracticeEmploymentLawClientInterviewsDemandLettersAppellateBriefsCriminalLawOralArguments

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Top Law Clerk Skills

  1. Discovery Documents
  2. Pre-Trial Motions
  3. Complaints
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed discovery documents and organized trial preparation documents
  • Involved in providing litigation support by reviewing and working on discovery, pre-trial motions, and trial preparation work.
  • Draft arbitration complaints, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board motions, and cease and desist letters.
  • Researched and analyzed complex legal issues in civil cases.
  • Drafted legal memos and motions and conduct legal research arising in insurance defense litigation cases

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