law clerk


  1. an attorney, usually a recent law school graduate, working as an assistant to a judge or being trained by another attorney.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of law clerk1

First recorded in 1760–65

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Example Sentences

As a judicial law clerk for the city, Alicia was worried that she’d be paired with a strait-laced lawyer.

By necessity, Tatel’s law clerks read drafts of opinions out loud and make edits as they go before he does light edits on his own computer.

This legal suspense novel follows a young law clerk who, much to her surprise, becomes the legal guardian of a Supreme Court justice after he falls into a coma.

From Time

In 2019, Ginsburg visited the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she was interviewed by her former law clerk Amanda Tyler, who teaches there.

I’m a legal scholar who studies social reform movements and I served as a law clerk to Ginsburg when she was an appeals court judge.

In 1909, a 27-year-old law clerk named Franklin Delano Roosevelt landed on the island.

Now the 7-foot-tall law clerk is sitting in the psychiatric ward of an Anchorage hospital.

As he spoke he approached the door, and as I followed him the law clerk stopped me by a touch on the shoulder.

“Yes, Miss Hatherton, it seems that I was on the right track,” the law clerk replied.

The law clerk pointed with trembling hand, and the veins stood out on his forehead like whipcords.

At all events he quickly recovered the letter from the law clerk and restored it to the packet.

The law clerk fairly trembled with excitement as he bent over him; Flora and I watched the operation calmly.


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