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Each justices hires four law clerks per Term to assist in managing the Court's caseload.

Supreme Court Law Clerk Duties

  • Reviews petitions for certiorari
  • Drafts merits opinions
  • Reviews parties' briefs
  • Checks lower court records for errors
  • Checks facts
  • Conducts legal research
  • Assists with drafting opinions
  • Prepares bench memoranda
  • Prepares for oral argument
  • Check citations
  • Proofreads

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