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Legal clerks provide assistance to the barristers, they negotiate on fees for cases, considering the expertise of barristers assign them cases and also market the chambers and manage meetings. They prepare legal correspondence, draft documents and keep an organised filing system. The clerks can be asked to conduct research regarding a case.
Most employers prefer candidates with relevant college degrees or apprenticeships for legal clerk jobs. You need to have administration skills or experience to be eligible for applying to the position. Legal acumen and excellent communication and organisation skills are also required for the role. You have to be proficient at using Microsoft Office and other software for the job.
The average per annum salary for law clerk positions varies depending on the factors like the employer and job responsibilities. Overall, the legal clerks are offered competitive salary packages in the UK along with benefits like paid vacations, health insurance, growth and development opportunities, generous share options, home office allowance, and more.
If you are good with drafting documents, doing research, and organising the paperwork, you will enjoy the work and the job is likely to be satisfying for you. On the contrary, the position can be boring for those who aren’t inclined towards doing the legal documentation, working inside the office, and meeting people.
The job vacancies for legal clerks are plenty and diverse. While working as a junior clerk you can gain experience, improve your legal document drafting and other skills and do the law degree to become a paralegal or a lawyer. Want to know which sought-after UK law firms are hiring now? Explore Simply Law Jobs!
Legal clerks organise information for use in research legal precedents for cases, legal documents, draft the legal memos, gather case evidence and other materials, and write reports. They perform the administrative office tasks as well like greeting guests, signing packages, and handling the phone calls and mail. They assist with the signature process for executing contracts and keep the legal tracker up to date. Arranging calls, meetings and managing travel arrangements for the legal team when and if required are in the legal clerk job description. The law clerks deal with the clients for fee processing and other matters. They prepare court forms and statements.
The day-to-day responsibilities of legal clerks include drafting letters and legal documents like court papers and contracts. They are required to collect information that is in the notes using digital citations. They have to respond to client enquiries that come through email, fax, or letters. They manage the appointments for the employer using a systemized process. They can be required to visit the police cells regarding a case. The clerks collect and deliver documents from and to clients and the court. Photocopying, scanning, and faxing letters and other documents is also their responsibility. They need to ensure that all the legal records are updated.
Excellent administrative skills are required for the job as it involves handling and managing multiple tasks. Adaptability and flexibility are essential to fit in the role, dealing with people and working some extra hours shouldn’t be a problem. Problem-solving and analytical thinking will help in coming up with solutions for the issues the legal team is facing. Time management and organisation skills will come in handy for efficiently managing the work. Attention to detail and accuracy will make it easy to spot mistakes and not to miss out on something significant. Apply to your dream job in the UK’s law industry through Simply Law Jobs!