Legal Career Spotlight: Law Clerk
Last week, Tales of Justice looked into various opportunities and prep work for criminal justice students looking to take the legal route. If you’re interested in going the law school route after you complete your bachelor’s degree, there are a number of options you can take. One of these is working towards a clerkship shortly after graduating from law school.
Law clerks assist judges in making informed legal decisions — reviewing briefs, verifying citations, performing legal research and drafting various legal documents. A law clerk position after law school is highly sought after, as it builds important connections and opens up a number of career opportunities. Most law clerks perform at the top of their law school class.
Many notable figures, professors and judges were law clerks when they first got their Juris Doctor. In fact, current U.S. Supreme Court Justices John G. Roberts and Elena Kagan served as clerks for William H. Renquist and Thurgood Marshall respectively.
If you’re interested in law school, and find the law clerk path to be one you want to aim for, the time to start planning is as an undergraduate student. Know what you need to do to get into law school, and what kind of experience will be most beneficial both in undergrad and law school. Judges hiring law clerks typically look for participation in moot court or Law Review during law school.