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Summer Law Clerk - Academic Externship

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester invites applications for:

Summer Law Clerk - Academic Externship

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The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.

We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.

It takes us all working together

The City Attorney's Office is seeking part-time law clerks during the Summer of 2022, who are looking to earn academic externship credits (unpaid) . The person in this position will be under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.

Work Schedule:
The Office's normal hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Part-time law clerk will work +/- 20 hours/week
Start Date:
Flexible, preferably mid to late May
Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled with priority consideration for applications submitted by Thursday, April 21, 2022. 




  • Conduct legal research and writing
  • Courtroom appearances including in-custody arraignments, out-of-custody arraignments, initial appearances, and other trial calendar matters
  • Negotiate plea offers with opposing counsel and self-represented litigants
  • Work with victim and witness liaisons
  • Assist with trial preparations
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Education and Experience
Completion of at least one year at an ABA accredited law school
Current Certified Student Attorney or ability to become certified promptly upon hire

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with Westlaw
  • Familiarity with remote meeting platforms such as Teams and Zoom




  • Knowledge of basic criminal law and procedure
  • Skill in professional communication and developing effective working relationships
  • Ability of appraise and organize facts
  • Ability to think quickly on one's feet and adapt to evolving case situations
  • Ability to interact professionally with the bench, other attorneys, and the public

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