Closing Date: 6th June, 2023


  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest is a plus.
  • Strong academic background.
  • Superior writing and analytical skills.
  • Appropriate experience in the use of Windows Software applications.
  • City of Philadelphia residency required within one year of employment and maintain residency throughout your employment.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Covid-19 Vaccination is recommended.

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:
  • Provide general information about the assigned functions.
  • Performs related work as required.

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions
  • Considerable knowledge of the components and functions of the justice system.
  • Knowledge of the techniques and processes of legal research.
  • Knowledge of the preparation of motions, petitions and similar instruments.
  • Ability to prepare, for judicial approval, orders and opinions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the judiciary, court personnel, departmental administrators, attorneys and associates.
  • Ability to use Lexis/Nexis.

The First Judicial District is an equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the First Judicial District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.