Closing Date: 8th June, 2023


The Second Judicial District is accepting applications for a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Shawn Bartsh, who is chambered at the Ramsey County Courthouse at 15 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN. Judge Bartsh is currently assigned to handle Civil Commitment and Juvenile Delinquency cases. If you are interested in psychology, mental health issues, or juvenile law, this is a great opportunity - you will get an in-depth learning experience. Civil Commitment and Juvenile Delinquency are fascinating assignments, both on a legal and social level, and we are able to help many people.

A Judicial Law Clerk position offers the opportunity to work within the Minnesota Judicial Branch at the trial court level, gain insight into judicial/court processes with a perspective on the administration of justice, and to sharpen your critical legal thinking/legal writing skills. The law clerk performs administrative, courtroom, and legal research/writing functions under the direct supervision of a district court judge.

The anticipated start date for this position is mid-June 2023.

This position requires in-person work, but may include occasional flexibility to work remotely.

Rate of Pay:
Law school graduate - $27.64/hr
Law school student - $21.65/hr

The Minnesota Judicial Branch cares about and invests in you as an employee. Because of that, we offer affordable yet competitive benefits to support you and your family's wellbeing. Our comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees includes health and wellness benefits, enhanced fertility benefits, short- and long-term disability, pension, paid parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and more. Learn more at

Minnesota Judicial Branch employees may also be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. This federal program allows qualified individuals to have their loans forgiven after meeting certain requirements working in public service. You can learn more about this program from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the office of Federal Student Aid.

Example of Duties:
Job Responsibilities:
Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.
  • Assists in the day-to-day management of the Judge's chambers, helps maintain the Judge's daily schedule, and responds to emails and phone calls.
  • Conducts legal research and prepares drafts of written memoranda and orders.
  • Attends all court sessions and performs court-related duties such as calling calendars, administering oaths, preparing draft orders, recording necessary case information, and maintaining records attendant to court proceedings.
  • Monitors cases assigned to the judge and keeps track of upcoming hearings and trials.
  • This job requires a person who is detailed oriented, has a strong work ethic, and can handle many tasks at one time. The law clerk prepares many orders that need to be issued in a short time. Court is fast paced, with multiple hearings weekly. The judge's law clerk is an integral part of the chambers team.

Typical Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and/or license to practice law in Minnesota OR current enrollment in law school with ability to work a full-time, 40-hour week.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Detail oriented - accuracy of factual details in orders is critical.
  • Excellent legal research and writing abilities.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple orders, motions, etc. and track due dates.
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Must be able to deal professionally and courteously with court personnel, attorneys, self-represented litigants, the public, and media.
  • This position requires a commitment of at least one year.

Successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Supplemental Information:
Apply online at In addition to completing the online application, please upload and attach a one-page cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample (no more than ten pages).

Employment offers may be rescinded if the required criminal background check identifies job-related convictions.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us. We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB. To learn more about working for the Minnesota Judicial Branch, watch this video. (

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The Minnesota Judicial Branch is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment be made without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age. We value and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.