Pima County

Tucson, AZ

7656 - Law Clerk Unclassified (Public Defense Services)

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

REVISED 09/18/2019

THIS RECRUITMENT IS TO ESTABLISH A REGISTER for current and future LAW CLERK UNCLASSIFIED vacancies in the Public Defense Services Department.

Salary Grade: U1

Performs paraprofessional legal work assisting attorneys by conducting in-depth legal research and report documentation. This classification is in the unclassified service and is exempt from the Pima County Merit System Rules.

For more information about the Public Defense Services Department, please visit their website at:



(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

Researches appeals and prepares drafts of preliminary briefs or arguments based on statutory law or decisions;
Conducts legal research through the use of computerized legal research systems such as Lexis and Westlaw, or statutes, U.S. Constitution, legal periodicals, law reviews, digests, legal encyclopedias, codes, regional and federal reporters, slip opinions and various case law;
Researches points and rules of law and prepares written reports summarizing research;
Updates or shepardizes case law to distinguish and analogize the case to the fact situation at hand;
Identifies applicable statutes or rules that are in force and effect for the particular matter;
Researches points and rules of law and prepares written reports summarizing research;
Performs research and studies legal records and comments to obtain data applicable to the case under consideration;
Drafts motions, responses and legal memoranda; Interviews victims and witnesses;
Serves copies of pleadings on opposing counsel and delivers documents to various county offices;
Conducts routine investigations on less serious charges for background and basic information;
Confers with attorneys regarding legal issues;
Maintains appropriate security and confidentiality of information created or encountered in the performance of assigned duties;
May supervise, train, and assign and review the work of other law clerks;
Maintains electronic and paper files as necessary.


Knowledge of:

  • legal code of ethics and terminology;
  • legal research methods;
  • statutes, codes and case laws;
  • rules of court, criminal justice and court systems;
  • Lexis or Westlaw data information systems;
  • principles, procedures and methods of legal research;
  • civil and criminal procedures;
  • Constitutional Law;
  • Arizona Rules of Evidence.

Skill in:
  • performing legal research using appropriate techniques and methods;
  • interviewing techniques appropriate to a legal investigation;
  • understanding and applying legal terminology;
  • processing and preparing summaries of legal opinions from cases from Arizona and other jurisdictions;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships;
  • communicating effectively;
  • legal writing and formatting.
Minimum Qualifications

Graduate of law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) is required.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Some positions require a valid Arizona Class D driver license at the time of application. Failure to maintain the required licensure shall be grounds for termination.

Special Notice Items: Due to the need for access to courts, law enforcement, detention or correctional facilities, some positions in this classification may require satisfactory completion of a personal background investigation by law enforcement agencies.

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.


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