Closing Date: 1st June, 2023


The Second Judicial District is accepting applications for a full-time Temporary Referee Law Clerk/Law Clerk I in the Family Court Division. The law clerk will perform administrative, courtroom, and legal research/writing functions under the direct supervision of Referee Kathryn Bergstrom. This assignment will include family law, orders for protection and civil harassment.

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

The anticipated end date for this position will be December 29, 2023.

This position will be located at the Ramsey County Courthouse, in downtown Saint Paul. This is a hybrid in-person/remote work position, with an expected 2-3 days per week of in-person work and the remaining days worked remotely, subject to changes based on court scheduling and chambers needs.

Starting salary for a law school student (Law Clerk I) is $21.65/hour

Starting salary for a law school graduate (Judicial Law Clerk) is $27.64/hour

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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 Referee's office.
  • Maintains the Referee's daily schedule and responds to inquiries.
  • Conducts legal research and prepares written reports, memoranda, orders, judgments and decrees.
  • Prepares various documents related to judicial duties; attends all court sessions and performs court related duties such as recording necessary case information, maintaining records attendant to court proceedings and electronically filing court orders.
  • Ensures that all files, pleadings, and other papers are available when needed and in proper order.
  • Performs courtroom duties including calling calendars, administering oaths and swearing in witnesses.
  • Assists in various court proceedings such as motions, pretrial and trial.
  • Performs other administrative and clerical functions as required.

Typical Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion of one or more years of law school or Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and/or licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
  • Ability to work a full-time schedule during regular business hours.
  • Excellent legal research and writing abilities.
  • Good computer skills, including knowledge of Westlaw and Microsoft Word or other word processing programs.
  • Ability to organize and manage own work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong sense of professionalism.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with court personnel, attorneys, the public, and media.
  • As this position may require working remotely, access to reliable internet connection is required at this time.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Interest in practicing family law as an attorney.
  • Experience with family law and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Experience with dynamics of domestic abuse, child development, and complex financial matters.
  • Successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Supplemental Information:
Instructions to Apply:
Apply for this position online. 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.

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