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. Bryant & Stratton College

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    Associate's
      • AS - Paralegal Studies
      • AS - Criminal Justice
      • Criminal Justice Studies - AAS
      • Paralegal Studies - AAS
    Certificate
      • Legal Office Assistant Diploma
      • Criminal Justice and Security Services Diploma
      • Criminal Justice and Security Svcs. - Diploma
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    2. Purdue University Global

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    Master's
      • Master: Criminal Justice
      • Master: Legal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Legal Support and Services
      • BS in Legal Support and Services - Paralegal
      • BS in Criminal Justice - Socially Responsible Leadership
      • Bachelor: Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
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    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Legal Studies
      • Bachelor: Criminal Justice
      • BSCJML-Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice With a Concentration in Management and Leadership
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Legal Studies
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
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    4. Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

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    Master's
      • Masters in Dispute Resolution
      • Masters in Legal Studies
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    5. Saint Leo University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
    Master's
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
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    6. Liberty University

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    Doctorate
      • LLM: International Legal Studies
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: General
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Leadership
    Master's
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MBA: American Legal Studies
      • MS: Criminal Justice: Public Administration
      • JM: American Legal Studies
      • JM: Compliance
      • JM: General
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Paralegal Studies
    Certificate
      • CTG: Criminal Justice
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    7. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
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    8. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant
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    York Technical College

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    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice
      • DCJ - Policing
    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
      • MPA - Criminal Justice

Featured Schools

Bryant & Stratton College

  • AS - Paralegal Studies
  • AS - Criminal Justice
  • Legal Office Assistant Diploma
  • Criminal Justice and Security Services Diploma

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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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Herzing University

  • Bachelor: Legal Studies
  • Bachelor: Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Legal Studies
  • Associate: Criminal Justice

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Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

  • Masters in Dispute Resolution
  • Masters in Legal Studies

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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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Liberty University

  • LLM: International Legal Studies
  • MS: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Criminal Justice
  • CTG: Criminal Justice

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Colorado Christian University

  • Criminal Justice, M.S.

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Penn Foster

  • Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant

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