Legal clerks work closely with lawyers and judges to perform clerical duties in their office and to assist with extra legal work as it comes up. They perform a variety of administrative duties such as answer phones, schedule appointments, and file paperwork. In many cases they will also be responsible for interviewing clients, writing up legal documents and helping to prepare for trials.
In most cases an associate's degree is required to work alongside lawyers as a legal clerk. Those who pursue a job working with judges are required to have a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies or criminal justice.
A background in clerical work is an added plus for legal clerks. Those who choose to obtain an official certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants can greatly increase their chances of getting hired.
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