Law Clerk

Law Clerk Position Description

Position Title:

Law Clerk - County Counsel   (unpaid position)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Law Clerk:

County of Orange
Office of the County Counsel
Probate/Mental Health Office
Located near the Lamoreaux Justice Center
341 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868

Functions of Agency/Department:

County Counsel provides legal advice and representation to the County Board of Supervisors and County Agencies/Departments.  Law Clerks provide volunteer service in County Counsel's Probate/Mental Health Section. This section offers legal advice and representation to the Public Administrator/Public Guardian.  It also represents mental health facilities in certain types of legal hearings concerning involuntary commitment and authorization to administer psychotropic medication.

Law Clerk Duties/Responsibilities:

The law clerk will telephonically interview mental health facility personnel and prepare written summaries of patients’ mental health status.  Additional duties include assembling files, photocopying, filing and other tasks as needed.

The law clerk may also prepare subpoenas and monitor the status of pending cases.  Other duties may include reviewing court files and medical records and assisting in case research involving neglected or abused senior citizens or decedents' estates.

Educational Requirements:

Law school students as well as undergraduate students attending a four-year college/university may apply.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Ideal candidates demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and are capable of writing summaries, completing assignments in a timely manner and gathering relevant information through telephonic interviews.

Time Commitment:

A minimum of 10 - 20 hours per week for 3 -  6 months or over the summer months.   

Benefits Available to Law Clerk:

Although this is an unpaid position that does not lead to employment, benefits include the opportunity to be a part of a team of public attorneys and legal support staff working on matters of human importance to the community. Additionally, the position is an opportunity to observe court trials, be involved in court preparation and gain insight into the operation and interplay between the mental health and legal systems.
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