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Job Announcement Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Job Title:  District Court Law Clerk
Department: District Court
 Location: Watford City or Williston, North Dakota
Salary & Benefits: $5,518 monthly; plus excellent benefits package including employer paid family health insurance premiums and retirement contributions and generous vacation and sick leave accruals, visit:  The benefit summary document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Status: Full Time/Regular/2 year position which may turn into a regular position
Exemption Status: Exempt
Recruitment: Internal/External

Requires a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school and some related experience in conducting legal research and legal writing.
Application Procedures:
Applications must be submitted online at  Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.  Interested applicants must also submit a resume, writing sample, and a copy of law school transcript.
The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.
Persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application process may call Human Resources at (701) 328-4216.
Summary of Work:
1.  Conducts legal research, analyzes legal issues and examines applicable laws prior to court decisions.
§ Reads briefs, prior opinions, transcripts, court records, and documents.
§ Analyzes legal issues and arguments.
§ Performs legal research for statutes, legal precedents, regulations, or legislative history on relevant issues pertaining to the case(s).
§ Provides interpretations applicable to the case(s) under the jurisdiction of the court.
2.  Writes legal memoranda and statement of issues involved, including suggestions and recommendations to the justice or judge.  Drafts proposed opinions as directed.
3.  Compiles references on law and decisions necessary for legal determinations, shepardizes cases either manually or by computerized inquiry.

4.  Reads and digests briefs, petitions, motions, opinions and extracts pertinent points of fact and law.
5.  Reviews, edits, refines, and proofs opinions.
6.  Attends hearings and/or trials where research may be required to assist the court.
7.  Performs research and/or assist in the compilation of information and data needed for special projects that may be requested by judge(s).
8.  Performs other duties of a comparable level or type.
Knowledge Requirements:
1.  Knowledge of general law, statutory law, and court case precedent.
2.  General knowledge of court administration and office management policies and procedures.
3.  Knowledge of court system operations, court procedures, and rules including legal rules of evidence, civil procedures, criminal procedures, and appellate procedures.
4.  Knowledge of logical legal theorems, their application to legal precedent, rules of legal interpretation, and statutory interpretation.
Skill Requirements:
1.  Skilled in conducting legal research and the application and interpretation of legal concepts, principles, and legal theorems to the specifics of the individual cases.
2.  Skilled in the use of legal research resources and software (i.e. Westlaw, LawDesk, Miche, Premise, etc.) and general office support applications (i.e. word processing and other desktop software/applications).
3.  Skilled in formulating, writing, and drafting legal opinions in a clear, concise, and coherent manner in accordance with the requirements of the court.
4.  Skilled in applying fundamental legal principles, rules, concepts, precedents, and cases in addressing individual cases and legal problems/issues.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
An Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.