Law clerks perform a variety of legal tasks under the supervision of solicitors, barristers or clerks of court.
Law clerks may assist their employers in all areas of law, including probating (proving the validity of wills), conveyancing (dealings in land and property), criminal law, family law, company law and civil litigation.
Law clerks may perform the following tasks:
- search land titles to check details such as property boundaries and ownership of the property
- attend settlements for the purchase or sale of land
- examine contracts and obtain relevant information so that solicitors can proceed with finalisation
- fill out legal forms and lodge them with government offices or the courts
- undertake company, business name, bankruptcy and other searches
- assist with maintenance of bookkeeping records
- assist in the preparation of briefing papers for use by barristers when a solicitor's client has to go to court
- assist clients by providing information on legal processes
- assist prosecution or defence lawyers in court and arrange for the attendance of witnesses at court
- assist barristers and senior counsel with case management.
A settlement clerk performs specialised administration work associated with real estate settlements.
- interest in the law
- good knowledge of English language
- accuracy and precision
- able to think logically and clearly.
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