Law Clerk Job at the Judiciary of Kenya
Work Station Supreme Court of Kenya, Nairobi
Requirements for the Law Clerk Job
For appointment to this post, a candidates must have:
- A Law Degree from a recognized university (a post graduate degree in law is an added advantage),
- A Diploma from the Kenya School of Law or an exemption by the Council of Legal Education,
- Admission to the Roll of Advocates with at least five (5) years post admission experience or five (5) years of extensive legal research in a relevant legal field,
- Proficiency in computer applications,
- A current practicing certificate for those in private practice.
- Must possess the qualifications set out in Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya.
Responsibilities for the Law Clerk Job
The successful candidates will perform the following functions:
- Examining pleadings and fully apprehending their tenor and effect;
- Examining the detailed content of the facts and decisions of the Courts below;
- Taking stock of the full tenor and effect of the submissions made in the Supreme Court and the Courts below;
- Bringing together all relevant authorities those emanating from counsel and, any other relevant material;
- Conducting extensive legal research and writing for the respective Judges of the Supreme Court;
- Drafting bench memoranda and wellresearched opinions on various legal issues;
- Assisting the Judges of the Supreme Court to manage their respective dockets;
- Preparing pretrial and post trial media summaries; and
- Performing all other duties as instructed by the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice or Judge of the Supreme Court respectively.
Interested and qualified persons are asked to make their applications by:
Filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the Judiciary jobs portal: jobs.judiciary.go.ke. Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application:
- A letter of application,
- A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity, involvement as a party in litigation and involvement in political activity including financial contribution to political party parties (if any) and criminal record, legal professional engagement for the last five (5) years, three (3) professional referees and two (2) character references who can verify and comment on the applicant’s past and present employment,
- Applicant’s recent coloured passport size photographs,
- Three (3) samples of any professional writings, including but not limited to judgments, advocacy submissions in courts, scholarly writings or any legal publications that the applicant has authored,
- Declaration of income and liabilities as at the time of making the application, using the prescribed forms “The
- Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities Form JSC 2b” which can be downloaded from the Judiciary website – www.judiciary.go.ke. .
- Certified copies of testimonials, professional certificates and academic transcripts.
Applicants MUST also submit copies of clearance certificates from the following bodies:
- Kenya Revenue Authority,
- Higher Education Loans Board,
- Law Society of Kenya,
- Directorate of Criminal Investigation,
- Advocates Complaints Commission,
- Ethics and AntiCorruption Commission and a recognised Credit Reference Bureau.
(2) Applicants are also required to forward one (1) hard copy of the completed Employment Application Form JSC 2 for nonpublic officers or JSC 2A for public officers which can be downloaded from www.judiciary.go.ke (downloads) and to attach all the documents cited in item No. 1 (a to g)above.
Applicants MUST take note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the job application and the same will be verified by relevant bodies. The applications must reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 17TH APRIL, 2017 AT 00 P.M.
Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted. Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.
The Judicial Service Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and selects candidates on merit through fair and open competition from the widest range of eligible candidates.