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Legal Clerk Applicant Information

Applicants for the position of Legal Clerk I are required to submit a typing certification to demonstrate they meet the minimum typing requirements. Candidates who fail to provide a typing certification will be disqualified from the examination process. The City Attorney’s Office does not administer typing tests to candidates. The certification must be issued by an agency or an accredited school within the last 12 months; here are additional agencies that may provide certification (link to PDF). On-line issued typing certifications will not be accepted.

The typing certification must meet the minimum 35 net words per minute, have no more than five (5) errors, and be scored according to the following method: 5 minute timed typing exercise, showing a gross rate of speed and a net speed calculated by deducting one (1) word per minute for each error in the exercise.

Certification may be in the form of a certificate, letter, or test results form and must contain the following:

  • Agency’s official emblem or watermark
  • Name of applicant
  • Number of minutes of the timed typing test
  • Number of gross words per minute
  • Number of net words per minute
  • Number of errors
  • Date of certificate
  • Signature of person certifying the certificate
  • Address and telephone number of agency