Current Job Opportunity


June 7, 2018

Closing Date

July 6, 2018

Position Number


Position Title

Trial Court Law Clerk

Job Location

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Tampa, Florida

Salary Range

$3,436.29 Monthly*;
Not Certified.

*$3,818.10 Monthly, if Certified *The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
*Actual position classification and beginning salary is based on experience.

Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist the judiciary with case management, pending litigation and issues, and/or process criminal and civil appeals. The position is responsible for drafting memoranda, opinions, orders and reports; conducting legal research; reviewing briefs and case files; and advising judges on pending litigation and issues. The position works under general supervision of the Chief Judge or designee.

*The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit is seeking to fill a judicial staff attorney position in Tampa, Florida. The successful applicant will assist state court circuit judges with legal research, drafting of proposed orders and judgments and other related assignments. It is anticipated that the position will be assigned to the Circuit Civil Division.

Education and Training Guidelines

Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Membership in the Florida Bar is required within one year of hire.

Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school or enrollment in the final semester or quarter of law school is a requirement for applying.


Data Responsibility:
Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.

People Responsibility:
Counsels, instructs or trains others through explanation, demonstration, and supervised practice, or by making recommendations on the basis of technical disciplines.

Assets Responsibility:
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.

Communications Requirements:
Reads and interprets advanced professional materials; writes complex reports and papers; speaks to high level professional groups.

Complexity of Work: 
Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderate impact, may affect those in organization and general public.

Equipment Usage:
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing. 

Special Comments

Applicants must possess excellent research, writing, proofreading and communication skills. Applicants must also exhibit strong organizational and time management skills and be able to effectively prioritize pending assignments. Discretion, honesty and confidentiality in handling matters before the court are essential.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter and a résumé that includes law school class rank. Applicants may also submit a State of Florida employment application and recommendation letters but these items are not required at this time. All application materials should be submitted in one PDF document attachment sent to the circuit’s Legal Department at Materials must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.

If an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, please call (813) 272-6330 or use the Florida Relay Service (TTY): 1-800-955-8771, in advance.