Law Clerk Recruitment

The New Jersey Judiciary will post its notice for 2015-2016 law clerk positions on April 11, 2014, but will not accept applications until Monday, June 16, 2014.  Judges may begin to contact applicants on Monday, June 23, 2014 to schedule and conduct interviews.

The New Jersey Judiciary seeks recent law school graduates to fill approximately 480 one-year judicial clerkships that will commence August 24, 2015 and end August 31, 2016. Positions are available statewide at the following Court levels:

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF VACANCIES AND SALARIES*
  Vacancies Salary
Supreme Court   23 $60,585
Appellate Division   51 $55,316
Assignment Judges   22 $50,707
Superior Court (Trial Court) 377  
     
Law Division: Criminal
  $46,096
and Civil
  $46,096
     
Chancery Div: General Equity
  $50,707
and Family
  $46,096
Tax Court    7 $46,096

Total Clerkships

480  

*These are salary levels for the 2014-2015 Court Term. The salaries for the 2015-2016 Court Term are to be determined based on funding availability.  

AS A NEW JERSEY JUDICIARY LAW CLERK:
As a New Jersey Judiciary Law Clerk, acquire hands-on experience in a court environment recognized and respected nationally for its progressive and innovative work. Gain valuable insight into the daily activities of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, trial litigators and the support personnel of the court system while serving the public. Acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal process which can only be learned by working with a judge.

REQUIREMENTS:
Recent graduate of an American Bar Association approved law school (J.D. or LL.M.). U.S. Citizenship, New Jersey Bar membership and New Jersey residency are not requirements. Excellent writing and analytical skills are essential.

DESCRIPTION:
Law clerks who serve in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division and Tax Court perform a substantial amount of legal research and prepare extensive memoranda; assist judges in processing emergent motion applications; proofread published opinions in the advance sheets; and maintain chambers' libraries. Trial Court law clerks perform legal research; make recommendations to judges regarding dispositions of motions, both verbally and via written bench memoranda; draft, edit and proofread legal correspondence; maintain chambers' libraries; attend and assist with case conferences, motion hearings, trials; and mediate small claims cases. Law clerks to Assignment Judges handle the same work as other trial court law clerks but also assist in processing emergent matters and may assist in vicinage administration.

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