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Current Job Opportunity


January 15, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number


Position Title

Trial Court Law Clerk (Judicial Staff Attorney)

Job Location

Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orlando, Florida

Salary Range

$45,817.20 Annually

Job 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.
*The Ninth Judicial Circuit seeks a Staff Attorney located at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida. The Staff Attorney assists the judiciary with legal research and writing, case management, pending litigation, and appellate cases.  The position will be assigned to work with several judges in a high volume work environment - researching legal issues, preparing memoranda and drafting proposed orders, in a timely manner. The ideal candidate will possess an interest and strong proficiency in researching technical legal issues and writing concise but well-reasoned orders. The selected candidate will demonstrate the ability to decide issues based on the merits of law while not advocating for one side or the other.  Those applying must communicate clearly, effectively, and concisely, both verbally and in writing and demonstrate the confidence and demeanor to work directly with judges on complex legal issues. In addition, have the ability to work independently and mostly by computer; work in the courtroom is very limited.  Law review or other journal experience or some other type of related writing program is preferred but not required.

Education and Training Guidelines

Education: Juris Doctor

Certification: Membership in the Florida Bar must be attained within one year from the date of hire


Data Responsibility:
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, rates, and percents.

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

In order to apply, candidate must have a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Salary is $45,817.20 per year. Salary is 10% below minimum ($41,235.48 per year) if the individual is not a member of the Florida Bar.  Membership in the Florida Bar must be attained within one year from the date of hire.  Must be proficient in Word and Westlaw/Lexis. This is a State funded position with benefits. The State Courts classification for the position is Trial Court Law Clerk.

How to Apply

Please submit an application to

Submit a cover letter, résumé, online State of Florida application and verification of required education. Applications without all requested materials will not be reviewed.
For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (407)836-2261. An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.

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.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact Human Resources (407) 836-2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.