Law Clerk: Career Diploma Description

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Law clerks perform many duties such as conduct research, interviews, and assist in the preparation of legal briefs for upcoming cases. This is a demanding position that requires patience and an attention to detail. Read more about this career below.
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What is a Law Clerk Diploma?

A law clerk diploma teaches students how to conduct legal research, interview witnesses, and write legal briefs for lawyers and judges. Law clerks are an integral part of any law office as they perform vital research tasks that help lawyers put cases together.

Having an interest in law is just one of the traits a person must possess in order to perform the job of law clerk. Other job skills include an attention to detail, ability to conduct online and library research, the ability to communicate verbally and in written communication, and a willingness to work long hours before a trial or court date.

Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, those who have a law clerk diploma can expect to earn between $31,000 and $49,000 annually.

Occupational Outlook

The BLS predicts that the law clerk field will continue to grow. This is due to several reasons. More law firms are seeking trained law clerks who can take over administrative and research related areas of cases. Changing laws and medical breakthroughs and failures have prompted a growing number of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and doctors resulting in increase work for law firms.

Degree Specifics

Required Courses:

The courses required to earn a law clerk diploma include:

  • Political science
  • Introduction to the United States legal system
  • Business and contract law
  • Property law

Skills Obtained:

Students will learn a variety of skills while earning their diploma. Specific skills acquire may include the following:

  • How to research
  • How to use databases
  • How to organize information
  • How to find information in archives
  • How to conduct interviews
  • How to prep witnesses for upcoming trials.

Popular Schools

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    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • Master: Legal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Legal Support and Services
      • BS in Legal Support and Services - Paralegal
      • Bachelor: Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
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    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - General
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - Global Leadership
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management & Leadership
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    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. in Law - Advanced Paralegal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
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    4. Miller-Motte College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science
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    5. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice
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    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Virtual Assistant
      • Career Diploma - Legal Secretary
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    8. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
    Master's
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Legal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Legal Studies
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
      • A.S. in Legal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    10. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Criminal Justice
      • BA in Criminal Justice/Human Services
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Legal Studies
  • BS in Legal Support and Services
  • AAS in Legal Support and Services
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal

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Walden University

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - General
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Global Leadership

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Regent University

  • M.A. in Law - Advanced Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice

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Miller-Motte College

  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science

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Florida Tech

  • BA in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice

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Penn Foster High School

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Penn Foster

  • Career Diploma - Virtual Assistant
  • Career Diploma - Legal Secretary

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Saint Leo University

  • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
  • MS: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Criminal Justice

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