Nature of Work
This is professional legal work performed for a judge at the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Work involves the performance of professional legal research and other related administrative work in the preparation of memoranda, opinions, or orders for a judge concerning the cases before him/her. Work is performed under general supervision of a judge and is reviewed through conferences and submitted work.
Essential Functions: (This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.)
- Reviews, studies, searches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities; researches the law for oral motions made during trials.
- Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, statement of issues involved, opinions and judgment for review by the judge, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the judge; prepares jury instructions.
- Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations.
- Confers with judge concerning legal questions, construction of documents and granting of orders.
- Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments and record necessary case information; maintain notes attendant to court proceedings.
- May mediate small claims cases as assigned by a judge.
- Other duties as assigned or required.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
- Knowledge of general U.S. law, territorial code, established precedent, and sources of legal reference.
- Knowledge of U.S. court practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of U.S. legal terminology and concepts.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people.
- Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles.
- Ability to represent the court in a respectful manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
- Skill in the operation of a personal computer with word processing and legal research software.
This job operates in a professional office environment and a courtroom. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Handles multiple inquiries. Includes travel.
Work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing, bending, and transferring items. Positions may require periods of extended sitting or computer use.
Graduation from an ABA accredited law school.
Licensure and Certification:
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume including GPA , law school and undergraduate transcripts, and one writing sample to:
Judicial Branch Administrative Office
Human Resources Division
P.O. Box 70
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00804
Tel: (340) 774-6680 or (340) 778-9750
**E-mail submissions must be in PDF format.
Submissions that do not include the requested documents will not be considered. The judiciary will only contact applicants selected for interviews. Any applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation shall advise the judiciary’s ADA Coordinators.