Law Clerk (LC)

Judicial Service Commission (JSC)

Job Summary

The job holder will be responsible for carrying out research work for the Judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 6 years

Job Description/Requirements

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is established under Article 171 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. The mandate of the Commission is to promote and facilitate independence and accountability of the Judiciary and the efficient, effective and transparent administration of Justice.
The Commission invites applications from qualified candidates to fill the following vacancy.

POSITION: Law Clerk (LC)

Job Reference Number : V/No. 16/2021
Number of Posts : Six (6)
Terms of Service : Three (3) year Contract renewable once Subject to satisfactorily performance
Consolidated Gross Salary Scale : Kshs. 180,000 – 324,000 p.m.

Job Purpose:
The job holder will be responsible for carrying out research work for the Judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya

Reporting Responsibilities:
The job holder is responsible to the designated Supreme Court Judge.

Area of Deployment:
Supreme Court

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
i. Examining pleadings and fully apprehending their tenor and effect;
ii. Examining the detailed content of the facts and decisions of the Courts below;
iii. Carrying out Legal Research work for the Judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya;
iv. Taking stock of the full tenor and effect of the submissions made in the Supreme Court and the lower Courts;
v. Researching on precedent setting authorities within various jurisdiction both within and without Commonwealth;
vi. Presenting findings within sound written arguments in light of academic legal literature and case law;
vii. Drafting bench memoranda and well-planned legal briefs on variety of legal issues touching on different branches of law; and
viii. Preparing pre-trial and post –trial media summaries. Job Requirements: Academic and Professional Qualifications:

For appointment to this grade, the applicant must have: -
i. Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized University;
ii. A Post Graduate Diploma in Law;
iii. Be an Advocate of the High Court with a current practicing certificate;
iv. Membership to Law Society of Kenya;
v. A Senior Management Course or its equivalent will be added advantage;
vi. Proficiency in Computer applications;
vii. Demonstrated merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results; and
viii. Met the requirements of Chapter Six (6) of the Constitution.

Experience:
Six (6) years post admission practicing experience or six (6) years of extensive legal research in a relevant legal field

Job Core Competencies:
i. Excellent written and oral communication skills;
ii. Leadership & Good interpersonal skills;
iii. Professional and Technical competence;
iv. Confidentiality, High Integrity, attention to details and accuracy;
v. Analytical & Negotiation Skills; and
vi. Organizational, planning skills and Results-oriented

HOW TO APPLY
Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications by: -
1. Filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the JSC jobs portal: https://www.jsc.go.ke/index.php/careers/
2. Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application-
(a) A letter of application;
(b) A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as past employment record (if any).
(c) Names of three (3) referees; two (2) professional referee and one (1) character reference;
(d) Certified copy of National Identity Card (I.D), Passport or any other relevant identifiable legal documents;
(e) Certified copies of academic and professional certificates, testimonials and academic transcripts; and
(f) Applicant’s recent colored passport size photographs (2 No.).
NB: Those who applied earlier need not to re-apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit valid clearance certificates from the following bodies during the interview: -
• Kenya Revenue Authority
• Higher Education Loans Board
• Directorate of Criminal Investigation
• Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission
• A recognized Credit Reference Bureau; and
• Clearance from relevant professional body

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 application must reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 29TH OCTOBER, 2021 AT 5.00 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.

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