Travis County Texas Law Clerk II (Part-Time; Temporary) in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

Performs legal research and writing in the Appellate Division and assists with post-conviction review of cases by the Conviction Integrity Unit. Drafts appellate briefs and other legal documents, such as responses to habeas applications and replies to motions for post-conviction DNA testing.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the second in a series of two law clerk-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. Scope of duties include some of the routine duties attorneys may perform, but are limited to those that are not required to be performed by a licensed attorney. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs complex legal research. Searches resources and studies legal records and documents to obtain information applicable to case or issue under consideration.
  • Drafts briefs, motions, orders, subpoenas and other legal documents, as well as correspondence and reports. Prepares drafts of petitions for extraordinary relief and complaints and responsive pleading.
  • Files legal documents with appropriate office.
  • Obtains records, transcripts and other legal documents.
  • Assists in preparing cases for trial. Collects, organizes and prepares evidence, information and other legal materials needed by attorneys. May assist judges or justices in preparing for oral arguments. May attend the presentation of the oral arguments.
  • Assists attorneys in interviewing witnesses and taking depositions.
  • Responds to discovery requests.
  • May review cases for jurisdictional deficiencies and procedural compliance.
  • May serve as liaison and coordinate with other public agencies, governmental bodies, County departments and law firms regarding processing court cases and legal matters.
  • May train and assist other clerks.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree AND completion of one (1) year of law school;


J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school;


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree AND completion of two (2) years of law school.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: None.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Jurisprudence, criminal and civil law and procedures, including constitutional and statutory law.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Effective techniques for presentation of cases and facts verbally and in writing in law related matters.
  • Policies, practices, procedures and legal terminology related to court system.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation. Skill in:

  • Problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Conducting legal research.
  • Analyzing and appraising facts, policies, procedures and legal precedents.
  • Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including presentations. Ability to:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis, both manually and electronically.

  • Present facts, precedents and arguments verbally and in writing and apply negotiation skills.
  • Work independently and efficiently.
  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.
  • Work well under pressure and exercise tact in trying situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 20 Hours per week

Department: District Attorney

Criminal, Education and Employment Background Check Required.

Salary: $21.80 - $27.25 Hourly $21.80 - $27.25 Hourly

Job Number: 15-03278

Location: Austin, TX

Closing: 10/31/2016 11:59 PM Central

Job Type: Temporary

Department: District Attorney

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165