How to Apply for a Job at a Courthouse


The courthouse can be a complex, interesting place where verdicts are handed down, lawsuits are litigated, and life-changing decisions are made on a daily basis. One way of getting an inside look at the functioning of a courthouse is to find employment there. Courthouse jobs run the gamut from judge to janitor and include such positions as court interpreter, court clerk, court reporter and IT professional. Applying to work there involves seeking out available positions and submitting the requisite materials.

  • Research available positions. Many court systems maintain websites with an "Employment" or "Careers" section in which you can peruse job listings. Alternately, you can go to the courthouse itself and inquire about openings.

  • Determine the application process. The website will usually provide this information, or, if you learned about a position from speaking with court personnel, request the information from them.

  • Read the job description thoroughly to see if you are both qualified for and interested in the position. Do the hours fit your schedule? Do you have the required years of experience or educational credentials if there is a posted minimum?

  • Write a cover letter detailing your professional background, experience and educational achievements as well as your reasons for applying for that position. Emphasize previous experience in the judicial system, if possible.

  • Develop a resume (if you don't already have one) that details your name, contact information, previous work experience, educational experience, and any miscellaneous skills or interests that might be relevant to the position for which you are applying. Resumes should generally be kept to a single page.

  • Submit the materials either online or by mail, per the particular instructions of the job you are seeking.

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