Engagement of Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant on short-term contractual basis

Online applications are invited from Indian citizens who fulfill the following Essential Qualifications and other eligibility conditions, as on 28.2.2018, for preparation of a panel of suitable candidates for engagement as Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistants in the Supreme Court of India purely on contractual basis on a fixed consolidated stipend of Rs. 30,000/- per month initially during the assignment session commencing from 2.7.2018 (July 2) till the closure of the Court for Summer Vacation, 2019.

However, the contract can be terminated at any point of time without any notice.

Essential Qualifications:

(i) The candidate must be a law graduate (as on the date of appearing at interview) having a Bachelor Degree in Law (including Integrated Degree course in Law) from any School/College/University/Institution established by law in India and recognized by the Bar Council of India for enrolment as an Advocate.

(ii) Candidate studying in the fifth year of the Five-Year Integrated Law Course will also be eligible to apply subject to furnishing proof of acquiring Law qualification at the time of interview/ before taking up the assignment as Law Clerk-cumResearch Assistant.

(iii) The candidate must have knowledge of computer including retrieval of desired information from various search engines/processes such as Manupatra, SCC Online, LexisNexis, Westlaw etc.

Age Limit:

Candidate must not be below the age of 18 years and above 27 years as on the last date of receipt of applications.

Method of selection:

Selection shall be made on the basis of Written Test and Interview. On the basis of the marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test, merit list will be drawn and candidates will be shortlisted.

Short-listed candidates, three times of actual requirement, in the order of merit, will be called for an Interview. A final select list shall be prepared as per requirement on the basis of Written Test and Interview.

Details of the Scheme of Examination, Minimum Qualifying Standards, Terms and Conditions of contractual assignment are given in the “Revised Scheme for engaging Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistants on short-term contractual assignment in the Supreme Court of India” available on the website of the Supreme Court of India, i.e.

It is made clear that the engagement as Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant is a full
time job, purely contractual in nature.

It will not confer any right on the selected candidates to claim regular appointment/ continuance in service in the Supreme Court of India.

Choice of Test Centre:

The Written Test will be conducted at Test Centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

The applicants are required to indicate their choice of Test Centre at which they wish to appear.

Registration of application and payment of fee:

Eligible candidates are required to apply online for which the link is provided through Supreme Court website,

The application will be accepted through online registration only which is likely to start from 1.2.2018.

Candidates will be required to pay Application/Test Fee of Rs. 200/- plus bank charges through online mode only.

Fee shall not be accepted in any other form.

No postal application shall be accepted.

The fee shall be paid online through payment gateway provided by UCO Bank.

Closing Date for online applications:

The starting date for online registration of application is 1.2.2018 (February 1) at 00.00 Hours and last date thereof is 28.2.2018 (February 2) at 24.00 Hours.

See the official notification here.


Some useful links are below:

Judicial Clerkship in India: Qs & As | How to Get One [2013 article; so might be a bit outdated, but useful nevertheless].

Supreme Court Judicial Clerkship Examination: Analysis of May 2015 Question Paper [2015 article].


This post was first published on: January 21, 2018

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