Louisiana Supreme Court - 400 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | Tel: 504-310-2300 Hon. Bernette J. Johnson. Chief Justice.  John Tarlton Olivier., Clerk of Court.  Sandra A. Vujnovich. Judicial Administrator
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 Job Opportunities

Recruitment and personnel management at the Supreme Court is handled by the Human Resource Department of the Judicial Administrator's Office.   Justices at the Supreme Court recruit and hire their own staffs; however, recruiting for all other positions is done through the Human Resource Department. Most vacancies are advertised in local newspapers and on internal bulletin boards providing career growth and advancement opportunities to court employees.

The Louisiana Supreme Court is an equal opportunity employer.   Discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability is strictly prohibited.

Supreme Court of Louisiana Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Employment at the Supreme Court of Louisiana is based on job related qualifications, skills and experience .

The Supreme Court currently has 181 employees- 104 in professional and 77 in support positions. Over half of the professional positions are legal research jobs which are staffed by attorneys. The Court also has law librarians as well as information systems, accounting, human resources, public relations, and public administration professionals on staff. Support positions include paralegal, clerical/secretarial, security, and courier jobs.
Revised 4-19-2005

Enquiries about employment may be sent to:

Human Resource Director
Office of the Judicial Administrator
400 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

 

The Supreme Court offers its employees competitive salaries and generous benefits including annual and sick leave, medical insurance, credit union membership, deferred compensation plan, paid parking, and retirement.


Judicial Clerkships

Each justice at the Supreme Court has three law clerks who serve at their pleasure. Justices often stagger hiring to ensure that they always have one senior/experienced law clerk and one junior/new law clerk.   Hiring for judicial clerkships is generally done one to one and a half years in advance, therefore, individuals interested in such positions are encouraged to send their applications or letters of interest directly to the justices during the third semester of their second or third year of law school.   Updated resumes and transcripts should be sent as soon as practicable after graduation.

Applications for judicial clerkships should include a one-page cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references.   Applications and enquiries should be sent directly to the justices.


Job Description :   Law Clerk--Supreme Court

This position performs highly responsible legal work directly assisting a Supreme Court justice with case-specific duties.   Law clerks work under their justice's exclusive supervision.

Work involves preparation of bench briefs and legal memoranda on upcoming cases following a thorough review of the record, research of pertinent law, and analysis of facts submitted.

Clerks must have considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research and be able to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents in difficult and complex cases. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, is a necessity along with skills in word processing.

Individuals are required to have a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school. (New graduates must be able to pass the bar exam prior to renewal of appointment for a second year.) Prior experience as a practicing attorney or law clerk in a lower court is preferred but not required.

 

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