File Clerk - Job Description and Career Profile

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Duties

Law firms, large and small, have designated cabinets, drawers, rooms and/or warehouses in which case files and evidence are stored. File clerks are responsible for maintaining these spaces.

File clerks develop and maintain organized file systems; create, process and maintain file records; file and retrieve documents for attorneys and paralegals; and prepare records for off-site storage. File clerks may also maintain file room logs that track the location of files throughout the firm and dispose of files in accordance with established document retention schedules.

Education/Training

A high school diploma or its equivalent is necessary. Most training occurs on the job.

Skills

Working as a file clerk requires strong organization and communication skills. Attention to detail is also important. File clerks may be required to perform occasional heavy lifting of file boxes and documents.

Advantages

As a file clerk, you will gain an inside look at how a law firm records department operates. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with many levels of law firm personnel.

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