Trial Court Law Clerk Position in Miami, FL

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)



Official Job Title: Trial Court Law Clerk - Circuit Criminal Division - Office of the General Counsel (State Funded)
  Court Support
  $45,817.20 ANNUAL (State Funded) (FULLTIME) + Benefits
40 hours
Occupation Code: Trial Court Staff Attorney
Working Title: Staff Attorney/Assistant General Counsel

(Salary is Non-Negotiable) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary. Resume and short legal writing sample required. These documents must be uploaded by closing date. Only complete applications with supporting documents will be considered.

This position is responsible and professional work conducting legal research activities to assist county and circuit trial court judges in deciding rulings on a variety of case issues including pre-trial and trial motions, such as motions to dismiss, motions to strike; post-judgment (JOA, new trial) and post-conviction relief motions (3.800, 3.850, 3.851, and 3.853); prisoner petitions; motions to suppress evidence; and various discovery motions. Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of legal issues in the area of criminal law. Some litigation experience preferred. Working contacts are established with judges and other trial court personnel. Work is performed under the general supervision of a senior staff attorney, and is reviewed in progress as required and upon completion.

This recruitment is for two positions in the Circuit Criminal Division.

Physical Demands:
Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking, listening, balancing, stooping, and reaching with hands and arms; must be able to transfer up to 10 lbs.
Resume and short legal writing sample required. These documents must be uploaded by closing date. Only complete applications with supporting documents will be considered.
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing of the Florida Bar.
  • Additional experience in the area of criminal law preferred.


  • Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use word processing software such as WordPerfect and Word; must have sufficient typing ability to produce own memos, orders, etc.
  • Ability to conduct legal research including a comprehensive knowledge of and ability to use legal publications and on-line services, such as Westlaw and/or Lexis.
  • Ability to reason logically and analytically.
  • Ability to grasp, comprehend, and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details.
  • Ability to perform exacting work.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and concepts effectively and succinctly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty in handling matters before the court.
  • Ability to work effectively with others and/or to work independently.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning extraordinary writs.
  • Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence in death penalty cases.
  • Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs, and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advise judges in a variety of legal areas.
  • Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions.
  • Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills; attends hearings as required.
  • Assists the circuit appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions.
  • Drafts orders, reviews briefs, conducts legislative research, and tracks legislation applicable to the court.
  • Assists in the Circuit Court Appellate Division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions.
  • May be called upon to assist the Court’s General Counsel or Court Administrator by reviewing contracts, or drafting administrative memoranda and orders to promote the efficient administration of justice. Some litigation experience preferred, as attendance at Court hearings may be required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Licenses Certifications:
Membership in good standing with the Florida Bar required.

Please apply here.

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