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Need Bar Certification to be Entry Level Law Clerk ?

Need Bar Certification to be Entry Level Law Clerk ?
« on: April 29, 2009, 08:15:02 AM »
After graduating law school, do you need the Bar to work under a Judge?

Re: Need Bar Certification to be Entry Level Law Clerk ?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 12:35:05 PM »
Most clerks start working in Sept/Oct before the bar exam results come out.   Depending on the court, you may have X months to become admitted to the bar, meaning that you may have the chance to re-take the exam before you are you let go from the job.

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Re: Need Bar Certification to be Entry Level Law Clerk ?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 12:50:35 PM »
From what I've read, there is no legal requirement that you pass the bar to work for a judge. 

Many federal judges do not specify a requirement.  However, your ability to receive a pay increase may be affected if you do not pass the bar.  Notably, you can take the bar in any state--not just the one in which your court sits (unless the specific judge makes this a condition of your employment - unlikely).

Many state judges often request that you pass the bar of the state.

But there are exceptions to both rules.