Job Vacancy Law Clerk Consolidated Municipality of Carson City

Job title: Law Clerk

Company: Consolidated Municipality of Carson City

Job description: Description

  • Please Note: This recruitment is for TWO (2) positions from approximately August 2023 through August 2024. Interviews will be held in August 2022.

Anticipated starting salary is $70,000, pending Board of Supervisors approval. 2% Cost Of Living increase (COLA) anticipated 7/1/2023.

These are full-time, FLSA-exempt positions with the First Judicial District Court, Departments I and II. Under general supervision, provides support to judges by performing legal research and project coordination as a law school graduate prior to or after passing the State Bar Exam.

One position reporting to Judge James T. Russell, Dept. I

One position reporting to Judge James E. Wilson, Jr., Dept. II

Examples of Duties

This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

  • Researches applicable legal and factual issues using computerized techniques and/or law library materials at the direction of an attorney or judge.
  • Interprets and applies laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of briefs, pleadings and other legal papers.
  • Drafts memoranda, opinions and other documents related to findings on specific cases or issues.
  • Attends court hearings, trials, arraignments, etc., as required.
  • Researches and explains departmental, City and State procedures to attorneys and departmental support staff.
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
  • Maintains accurate records and files; prepares a variety of records and reports as assigned.
  • Uses standard office equipment, including a computer in the performance of the work.
  • May drive a motor vehicle.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with the public and City staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

Typical Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited law school or university; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


  • Valid Driver’s License.

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of legal research and investigation.
  • Judicial procedure and rules of evidence.
  • Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
  • Computer applications, particularly as related to the performance of legal research.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.

Skill in:

  • Researching, interpreting, applying, and explaining applicable laws, codes, regulations and court decisions.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
  • Compiling and summarizing information and preparing periodic or special reports related to the work of the court or department to which assigned.
  • Organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.


Under General Supervision – Incumbents at this level are given assignments and objectives that are governed by specifically outlined work methods and a sequence of steps, which are explained in general terms. The responsibility for achieving the work objectives, however, rests with a superior. Immediate supervision is not consistent, but checks are integrated into work processes and/or reviews are frequent enough to ensure compliance with instructions. This type of direction is normally reserved for journey level positions.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone; exposure to traffic conditions and external environment when traveling from one office to another.

Supplemental Information


  • Unclassified employees are “At Will” and as such, may be terminated at any time for any reason, or no reason.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.
  • Any City employee may be required to stay at or return to work during emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.
  • Employees may be required to complete Incident Command System training as a condition of continuing employment.
  • New employees are required to submit to a fingerprint based background investigation which cost the new employee $56.25 and a drug screen which costs $36.50. Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug screen.
  • Carson City participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered employment with Carson City must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 775.887.2103 or go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at

. * Carson City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Expected salary: $70000 per year

Location: Carson City, NV

Job date: Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:28:09 GMT

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