law clerk


: a person (such as a law school graduate) who provides a judge, magistrate, or lawyer with assistance in such matters as research, writing, and analysis
landed a job as a law clerk at the Supreme Court straight out of law school

Examples of law clerk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early days of the Supreme Court, justices sometimes hired their sons as law clerks to assist them with cases, and law clerks often worked out of justices’ homes. Abbie Vansickle, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 His former law clerk, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, ought to openly take up that mantle now. Noah Feldman, The Mercury News, 9 Mar. 2024 On Tuesday, however, the court will hear a broad attack on the FDA from attorney Erin M. Hawley, the wife of Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and a former law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The site, open only to current and former clerks, is a crowdsourced effort started by a former law clerk who says her career was derailed by an abusive judge. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Trump owes another $110,000 for refusing to comply with a subpoena in the civil fraud case and $15,000 for repeatedly disparaging the judge’s law clerk in violation of a gag order. Jake Offenhartz, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 From 2001 to 2003, Maldonado served as a law clerk for Judge Rubén Castillo on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 23 Feb. 2024 The judge also hired his son as a law clerk without a contract and without his son undergoing the hiring process of other court employees through the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts, officials say. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 Judge Sheindlin is joined in the courtroom by law clerk Sarah Rose, court stenographer Whitney Kumar and bailiff Kevin Rasco. Michael Schneider, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of law clerk was in 1761

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“Law clerk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

law clerk

: one (as a law school graduate) who provides a judge, magistrate, or lawyer with assistance in such matters as research and analysis
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