Current Job Opportunity


August 19, 2014

Closing Date

September 12, 2014

Position Number


Position Title

Trial Court Law Clerk

Job Location

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Sanford, Florida

Salary Range

$3,616.95 - $7,284.54 Monthly*

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary. $39,063.06 annually if applicant has not been admitted to the Florida Bar.

Job Description

General Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist the judiciary with case management, pending litigation and issues, and/or process criminal and civil appeals. The position is responsible for drafting memoranda, opinions, orders and reports; conducting legal research; reviewing briefs and case files; and advising judges on pending litigation and issues. The position works under general supervision of the Chief Judge or designee.


Examples of Work Performed

(Note: The examples of work as listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.)

  • 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 court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions.

Education and Training Guidelines


  • Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.


Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required

  • Membership in the Florida Bar is required within one year of hire. 


Data Responsibility - Synthesizes or integrates analysis of data or information to discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; modifies policies, procedures, or methodologies based on findings.


Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.


People Responsibility - Counsels, instructs or trains others through explanation, demonstration, and supervised practice, or by making recommendations on the basis of technical disciplines.


Assets Responsibility - Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.


Mathematical Requirements - Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, ratios, and percentages.


Communications Requirements - Reads and interprets advanced professional materials; writes complex reports and papers; speaks to high level professional groups.


Complexity of Work - Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.


Impact of Decisions - Makes decisions with moderate impact, may affect those in organization and general public.


Equipment Usage - Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing.

Special Comments

Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures.  Legal research skills.  Comprehensive knowledge of legal publications and the ability to use them efficiently in legal research.  The ability to grasp, comprehend, and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details.  Ability to perform exacting work, attentive to issues in matters before the court.  Exceptional reading skills.  Ability to digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.  Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the court.  Ability to work effectively with others, as well as independently.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must possess a juris doctorate.  (Please do not apply if you are still awaiting graduation from an accredited law school.)


An ORIGINAL State of Florida Application, a writing sample,  verification of required education (copy of college degree or college transcripts), and verification of membership to the Florida Bar (if a member) MUST BE RECEIVED BY COURT ADMINISTRATION, NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M., September 12, 2014 Resumes may be attached as supplemental documentation only and will not be accepted as stand-alone documents.  Please send to:


Criminal Justice Center – Seminole County

Kelly Bierfreund, Court Administration, HR

101 Bush Blvd., Sanford, Florida  32773

(407) 665-4930


If you are selected to be interviewed, you will be contacted by this office, no later than September 26, 2014.  If you have not been contacted by this date, you were not chosen to be interviewed and therefore, will receive no further communication from this office.  Please be assured that your application received our full attention.


The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.


We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability


We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.


If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.