Arlington, Virginia
$53,934.40 - $82,430.40 Annually
Jan 21, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington Circuit Court is seeking a full-time Law Clerk to work closely with the Court Administrator, Judicial Law Clerks, and Circuit Court Judges to provide legal administrative support in areas including case review and docket management, and to work with the Circuit Court Chambers staff and Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Specific duties include:
  • Using an electronic database and electronic filing system to review various pleadings and orders presented to the court for entry, including uncontested divorce cases, name changes, and expungements;
  • Assisting chambers staff with the scheduling of civil matters, including pre-trial motions;
  • Drafting court orders or legal correspondence as requested by the judges;
  • Communicating, in a non-ex parte manner, with counsel and self-represented litigants regarding matters pending before the court to ensure that orders are submitted accurately in compliance with applicable statutory requirements, the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Court's Local Rules and Preferred Practices;
  • Managing the judges' weekly criminal sentencing dockets; and
  • Assisting with the reporting of year-end metrics, including aging case review, case closings, sentencing guidelines completion and other state-mandated submissions.
The successful candidate will possess the following:
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills; and
  • Knowledge of common law, state and federal law and precedent court decisions.

Located directly across from the Courthouse Metro Station, the Arlington County Circuit Court is a Virginia state trial court that deals with all legal issues. The Judicial Chambers is composed of four Circuit Court Judges, four judicial law clerks, and four administrative staff persons.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, plus the completion of at least one year of law school.

Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Reviewing legal documents;
  • Managing a court docket;
  • Analyzing statutes and appellate case law;
  • Preparing legal memoranda; and/or
  • Legal research procedures.

Special Requirements
Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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