Records Clerk

A forum for applicants and admitted students to ask law students and graduates about law school and the practice of law.
User avatar
anacharsis
Posts: 55
Joined: Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:29 pm

Records Clerk

Postby anacharsis » Wed May 22, 2013 9:15 pm

Hello all,

I'm a 0L student, heading to UIUC in the fall, and I recently (miraculously) got a job at a mid/large-sized Chicago firm as a records clerk for the summer. I'm excited but nervous, as I have no idea what sort of work exactly this job entails. Could anyone, maybe with past experience, please describe the work one does as a records clerk?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

A

User avatar
anacharsis
Posts: 55
Joined: Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:29 pm

Re: Records Clerk

Postby anacharsis » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:36 pm

The placement was apparently so wrong that no one could even stoop to tell me how wrong it was.

User avatar
thesealocust
Posts: 8442
Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:50 pm

Re: Records Clerk

Postby thesealocust » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:40 pm

I've never heard of a records clerk.

NYstate
Posts: 1566
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:44 am

Re: Records Clerk

Postby NYstate » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:47 pm

Records clerk is basically document and file management for litigation. I don't know the day to day details- just think of it as making sure everything associated with the case is up to date and quickly accessible.

Also records clerks may keep track of conflict checks.

vinnnyvincenzo
Posts: 150
Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:05 pm

Re: Records Clerk

Postby vinnnyvincenzo » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:18 pm

anacharsis wrote:Hello all,

I'm a 0L student, heading to UIUC in the fall, and I recently (miraculously) got a job at a mid/large-sized Chicago firm as a records clerk for the summer. I'm excited but nervous, as I have no idea what sort of work exactly this job entails. Could anyone, maybe with past experience, please describe the work one does as a records clerk?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

A

It's basically creating and organizing files in the system and physically, you could also do conflicts checks. Might not just be litigation either. Why are you excited? Records jobs are boring as shit and I honestly think a 5th grader could do the work, I will say they are an easy ass paycheck though. If you are expecting to learn anything substantive about the law or have meaningful interactions with attorneys you are probably going to be disappointed. Things might be different at your firm of course and I could be generalizing.

User avatar
BentleyLittle
Posts: 482
Joined: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:25 pm

Re: Records Clerk

Postby BentleyLittle » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:36 pm

vinnnyvincenzo wrote:
anacharsis wrote:Hello all,

I'm a 0L student, heading to UIUC in the fall, and I recently (miraculously) got a job at a mid/large-sized Chicago firm as a records clerk for the summer. I'm excited but nervous, as I have no idea what sort of work exactly this job entails. Could anyone, maybe with past experience, please describe the work one does as a records clerk?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

A

It's basically creating and organizing files in the system and physically, you could also do conflicts checks. Might not just be litigation either. Why are you excited? Records jobs are boring as shit and I honestly think a 5th grader could do the work, I will say they are an easy ass paycheck though. If you are expecting to learn anything substantive about the law or have meaningful interactions with attorneys you are probably going to be disappointed. Things might be different at your firm of course and I could be generalizing.


Currently at a Biglaw firm in Chicago with a similar title and Vinny's response is credited.

User avatar
anacharsis
Posts: 55
Joined: Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:29 pm

Re: Records Clerk

Postby anacharsis » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:48 am

vinnnyvincenzo wrote:If you are expecting to learn anything substantive about the law or have meaningful interactions with attorneys you are probably going to be disappointed. Things might be different at your firm of course and I could be generalizing.


I was, unfortunately.

I started work. It turns out the answer to my question was "boxing things; delivering files." Still, a job's a job. Hoping maybe to meet some people, get a foot in the door. Hoping, but not holding my breath.

Thanks for the responses.




Return to “Ask a Law Student / Graduate”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AJ1010, splitterfromhell and 1 guest