Indy Gov Law Clerk in Indianapolis, Indiana

Law Clerk



Law Clerk


$15.00 Hourly


151 N. Delaware St., IN

Job Type

Part-time Limited Benefits


Marion County Public Defender's Agency

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Position Summary

*This position is scheduled for about 10 hours/weekly*

Position is responsible for performing a variety of administrative, field and investigative functions to facilitate legal proceedings and streamline processes in cases where the client has been charged with criminal charges up to and including a capital case

Position Responsibilities

Research and prepares legal documents, memorandums, briefs and motions for Public Defender's approval and filing.

Research legal issues, and helps Public Defenders interview victims, witnesses, and police officers to prepare cases for trial and/or please agreements

Answers and places phone calls at the Deputy Public Defenders' directives.

Creates and maintains electronic files on the Agency's database system One Note and PDIS.

Creates and maintain case files, and close files at end of case.

Provides assistance in preparing clients for court hearings/trial.

Aids in securing documents and witnesses for deposition and trial, including certified copies of documents, pictures, reports, photographs through the appropriate channels.

Provides assistance to other paralegal staff in processing case data for hearing/trial.

May assist Deputy Public Defenders in court by taking notes, assisting with client family members, and providing basic information at the direction of the attorneys.

Confers with attorneys to discuss work processes, plans or actions to be taken; provides follow up on case assignments and identify any further action in a timely manner; receives guidance and instruction.

Secures proper courtroom attire for clients for trial, when necessary.

Operates a variety of general office equipment, including a computer, copy machine, and fax.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


1st, 2nd or 3rd year law student at an accredited university working towards a Jurisprudence Doctorate. Familiarity with research techniques or law enforcement is also a plus. Student should be well organized and work well under pressure. This position requires excellent oral and writing skills. Must possess typing and computer skills. Knowledge of legal terminology, court procedure and legal ethics is required to perform services for Agency. Ability to communicate effectively with other employees, clients and the general public in a professional, courteous and concise manner required. Must have the ability to interact with people in varying positions and from different walks of life and a strong desire to work with the indigent community, and a willingness to work under pressure while dealing with unexpected situations and deadlines. A valid Driver's license is required.

Independent Judgment

Position requires the knowledge of established policies and procedures, which controls most of the incumbent(s) actions. Independent judgment may be utilized as long as it is performed at the request of the supervising attorney.