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A person employed in an office or government agency who performs various tasks such as keeping records or accounts, filing, letter writing, or transcribing. One who works in a store and whose job might include working as a cashier, selling merchandise, or waiting on customers.

A law clerk is either a law student employed by a licensed attorney to do mundane legal tasks and learn the law in the process, or a licensed lawyer working for a judge to aid in the writing and research of the cases before the judge.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. 1) an official or employee who handles the business of a court or a system of courts, maintains files of each case, and issues routine documents. Almost every county has a clerk of the courts or County Clerk who fulfills those functions, and most courtrooms have a clerk to keep records and assist the judge in the management of the court. 3) a young lawyer who assists a judge or a senior attorney in research and drafting of documents, usually for a year or two, and benefits in at least two ways: learning from the judge and enjoying association with the judge. Law clerks for judges, particularly on the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, are chosen from among the top students graduating from law school. 2) a person who works in an office or a store who performs physical work such as filing, stocking shelves, or counter sales.

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1 one who assists a solicitor. Formerly, if in training to become a solicitor, the assistant was known as an articled clerk.
2 a clerk to the justices in England or the clerk of court in Scotland is a legally qualified person who sits in court with lay justices to advise them on points of law. The clerk of the House is a senior official ofthe House of Commons.
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CLERK, commerce, contract. A person in the employ of a merchant, who attends only to a part of his business, while the merchant himself superintends the whole. He differs from a factor in this, that the latter wholly supplies the place of his principal in respect to the property consigned to him. Pard. Dr. Com. n. 38, 1 Chit. Pract. 80; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1287.

CLERK, officer. A person employed in an office, public or private, for keeping records or accounts. His business is to write or register, in proper form, the transactions of the tribunal or body to which he belongs. Some clerks, however, have little or no writing to do in their offices, as, the clerk of the market, whose duties are confined chiefly to superintending the markets. In the English law, clerk also signifies a clergyman.

CLERK, eccl. law. Every individual, who is attached to the ecclesiastical state, and who has submitted to the ceremony of the tonsure, is a clerk.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But what about the market for law students who don't want high-end legal jobs at large firms or federal clerkships, or who don't quite meet the necessary qualifications?
As the participants of the study were final year students, they could not easily spare time for the interviews from their clinical clerkships. The study could have been more reliable by increasing the number of items in the test, but this would have increased the duration of the examination and possibly discouraged the respondents.
The distribution of the participating students by teaching sites, clerkships and years is presented in Table-I.
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In fact, I spent my 2L summer clerkship in Tokyo working for IBM.
The prosecutors said Martoma, who used the name Ajay Mathew Thomas at Harvard before changing his legal name following his expulsion, later changed his defense at Harvard disciplinary proceedings to say he had forged the transcript to show it to his parents but his brother had accidentally included it in his clerkship applications.
For instance, Eastern District of Virginia jurists received applications this spring, while most--a number with chambers in Alexandria--offered clerkships by May.
Texas medical schools, charged with increasing enrollment to meet the state's physician shortage, are already "starting to stumble over each other" finding their students the right clerkships, said Dr.
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Her government service includes clerkships with Hon.