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: Criminal Justice
      • 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. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Law - Criminal Justice
      • 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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    5. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
    Bachelor's
      • Criminal Justice, B.S.
    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    7. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Corrections and Case Management
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Generalist
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Crisis Management
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Forensic Science
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
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    8. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
    Master's
      • M.S. - Criminal Justice
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Central Christian College of Kansas

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. South College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

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

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Saint Leo University

  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
  • AA: Criminal Justice

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

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

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice

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American InterContinental University

  • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Corrections and Case Management
  • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Generalist
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
  • M.S. - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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