Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a law clerk.

A law clerk main duty is to research and study legal documents to find facts related to cases. He/she finds information to assess the causes of actions regarding different legal cases, prepares documented affidavits and maintains files and case correspondence.

Other specific tasks include researching law resources to prepare court briefs or arguments after which the attorney reviews, approves, and utilizes them in the courtroom as well as assisting the attorney in reviewing petitions, and pleadings. They can also be called upon to prepare closing statements for real estate. He/she also delivers subpoenas to parties and witnesses and pleas to the other counsel.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Constantly remind oneself of times when own judgment served them well in order to fuel confidence in the ability to trust oneself

Interact with colleagues who have constantly demonstrated good judgment in every field one likes

[employee comments goal]

Learn to anticipate problems and try one's best to prevent them in order to avoid getting stressed when they arise

Identify adjustments in one's area of responsibility and set priorities accordingly

[employee comments goal]

Focus on the employee's behavior rather than on his/her personality traits

Recognize the efforts and behavior of the employee and encourage him/her to keep the same attitude towards his/her work

[employee comments goal]

Make short to-do lists with short breaks in between to give one time to refresh between tasks

Reevaluate one's schedule once in a while in order to eliminate less important tasks and have more time and energy for what really matters in one's professional life

[employee comments goal]

Break a long-term goal into smaller short-term goals in order to be able to measure its progress and make it manageable

Seek regular feedback from others about the set goals in order to identify mistakes and rectify them

[employee comments goal]

Decide what projects or tasks need to be completed first and make sure that everyone is onboard

Create a skills catalog in order to make sure that the right resources are available where and when one needs them

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort in preparing for meetings ahead of time and show up on time for all meetings

Reach out to people regardless of their roles and always acknowledge the efforts made by others

[employee comments goal]

Constantly use data reduction and synthesis methods to understand the patterns in data

Constantly use insight gained from existing feedback to improve research methods in the future

[employee comments goal]

Encourage team members to share concepts learned in training sessions

Evaluate the outcomes of training sessions and learn how to identify training needs

[employee comments goal]

Learn how to classify information and structure reports and proposals in an appropriate format

Employ proofreading and editing techniques to improve accuracy when writing reports and proposals

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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