Job Description:
Position Summary:
This is professional legal work as a research assistant supporting judges of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Work involves providing members of the judiciary with assistance in preparation of writing briefs, opinions, and similar material.

By Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, effective September 1, 2005, all law clerks employed by judges of the courts of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania are prohibited from appearing as counsel in the division/section of the court in which the judge by whom they are employed serves. Further, in courts which have no formally established divisions or sections, the law clerks are prohibited from appearing as counsel in the court itself.

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Essential Functions:
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all- inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Researches legal sources for briefs or opinions based on statutory law, decisions and precedents of higher courts.
  • Searches for and studies legal records and documents to obtain data applicable to cases under consideration.
  • Prepares rough drafts of opinions.
  • Maintains file on case documents and all related correspondence.

Marginal functions:
  • Provides general information pertaining to the assigned functions.
  • Performs related work as required.

Environmental Conditions:
  • Standard courtroom and clerical office conditions.
  • Direct contact with diverse court clientele.

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Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the components and functions of the justice system.
  • Knowledge of legal research techniques and preparation of memoranda, petitions, and similar instruments.
  • Ability to prepare orders and opinions for judicial approval.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the judiciary, court personnel, departmental administrators, attorneys, and associates.
  • Ability to perform administrative tasks in an effective and organized fashion.
  • Ability to use Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and other criminal court databases.
  • Possess outstanding organizational and communication skills.
  • Be proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Have superb time management skills and be able to multitask and prioritize.

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An Application for This Position Should Include a Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, Transcript, and Three References.

  • Juris Doctorate Degree from An Accredited Law School.
  • General Knowledge of Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Strong Academic Background.
  • Superior Writing, Research, and Analytical Skills.
  • Successful Completion of An Interview Process by A Panel Review After Meeting Minimum Application Standards.
  • Successful Completion of A Criminal Background Investigation.
  • Ability to Perform the Essential Functions of The Position.
  • Membership of The Bar of The Supreme Court of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Is Not a Requirement for Law Clerk 1; However, if You Are a Current Member of The Bar, You Must Be and Remain in Good Standing.
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Is Recommended.

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