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What is the workload for a Law Clerk?
The typical Law Clerk is assigned to handle the entire law and motion calendar for two judges. On average, the daily workload includes drafting six bench memos, the complexity of which range from simple motions to compel to complex summary judgment motions.

When can I apply?
The Los Angeles Superior Court accepts Law Clerk applications on a continuous basis. Third-year law students interested in a fall clerkship are encouraged to submit their applications no later than January of their third-year.

Can I schedule an interview?
No. Only applicants that have been pre-screened and invited by the Managing Research Attorney and the Research Attorney and Law Clerk Committee may interview.

Can I practice law while I am serving as a law clerk?
No. A law clerk is prohibited by Court policy from practicing law. This prohibition includes receiving fees or appearing in court on behalf of another person.

What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions, please call the Managing Research Attorney at (213) 974-7734 or send your question via email to

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