Volunteer Law Clerk

State Of North Carolina Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 3 weeks ago

Description of Work

  • This is a volunteer, unpaid position. Pay/benefits will not be provided.*

The North Carolina Court of Appeals is seeking a qualified Volunteer Law Clerk to provide legal research, analysis, and interpretation of case law on a variety of court cases. Law Clerks in the state of North Carolina are referred to as Research Assistants (RAs).

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct required legal research.

  • Analyze legal data and issues.

  • Prepare legal memoranda.

  • Proofread published opinions and proposed opinions.

  • Assist the Judge in evaluating cases filed with the court.

  • Prepare draft opinions.

This position can be full-time (40 hours/week) or part-time (25 hours/week).

  • This posting is for a volunteer, unpaid Law Clerk position for an indefinite term.*

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Knowledge of: NC General Statutes; NC Rules of Appellate Procedure; NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals case law; NC Rules of Appellate and Civil Procedure; and some federal statutes and case law.

Skills in: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Ability to: conduct legal research and analysis; draft appellate opinions; and comprehend abstract legal concepts.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

JurisDoctor degree from an ABA accredited law school.

Attach cover letter, rsum, and writing sample.

Supplemental and Contact Information


Applicants must complete an on-line application by clicking the above APPLY link. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Before applying, please read the Online Employment Application Guide for instructions on creating your profile and applying for specific postings.

It is important your application includes all of your relevant education and work experience and that you answer all questions associated with the application to receive proper credit. Rsums are not accepted in lieu of fully completed applications.

  • NOTE* Many job postings require certain documents be attached to an application. Verify your application is complete and uploaded documents are attached to your application before submitting it. Applications may not be altered after they have been submitted.

Carefully review the FAQs if you experience difficulty with the application process or attaching documents. For technical issues with applications or attachments, call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.

All NC Judicial Branch agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The North Carolina Judicial Branch participates in E-Verify, an internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from the US Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. To learn more, click on these links:


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Travis Davis

NC Administrative Office of the Courts

Human Resources Division


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