Requisition Number: 2023-01-04338-0127-001
Job Title: Senior Law Clerk
City: Palo Alto
State: CA
Shift: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 6PM
Hours: 40

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Senior Law Clerk

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Description/Job Summary

The Senior Law Clerk/MCO is responsible for performing litigation-related services for the Firm including electronic filing of documents and maintaining the litigation calendar. This role assists attorneys with the preparation and filing of documents. 


  • Electronically file documents in federal and California state courts
  • Manage annual MCO litigation projects
  • Assist in preparation of training guides
  • Review documents for conformity to court rules;  docket litigation documents and calendar important dates accordingly
  • Impart expert procedural advice and coordinate court-related services by working with attorneys and staff across all departments and offices
  • Coordinate court-related services by working with attorneys and staff across all departments and offices
  • Draft legal procedural documents for review by attorneys
  • Conduct procedural research in all jurisdictions
  • Perform manual and electronic filing pursuant to local court practices and using state and federal electronic filing systems nationwide
  • Deliver documents to local Courts and law offices
  • Selectively bill time as authorized by the partners
  • Confer with outside vendors for retrieval of legal documents and other court related services, including obtaining apostilles for international documents
  • Keep attorneys and staff  apprised of latest electronic guidelines and changes to procedural rules
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Experience

  • Superior knowledge of California and federal rules of civil procedure
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience required
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with attorneys and staff about complex legal procedures
  • Ability to manage multiple/simultaneous requests, assign priorities and achieve solutions within deadlines
  • Knowledge of the basic litigation docketing and calendaring process
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of various court websites, docket searching and document retrieval databases (i.e., PACER, File & Serve, One Legal, Bloomberg Law, DocketBird, e-Dockets, CourtAlert, Westlaw, and Lexis/Nexis)
  • Knowledge of filing procedures in California state and federal courts

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree is required

Preferred Education

  • Previous  law school coursework, or currently attending an ABA-accredited law school preferred


Salary Information

The estimated base salary range for this position is $70k to $85k at the time of posting. The actual salary offered will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. This role is non-exempt meaning it is overtime pay eligible.

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