Please Note: The deadline for applications for the 2017-18 court year is September 16, 2016.
Law clerks are law school graduates who act as "elbow" clerks to one or more of the justices, assisting them in research for and writing of judicial decisions. The Appeals Court expects to hire approximately twenty-six law clerks for the 2017-2018 court year (August 31, 2017 through August 29, 2018). Cover letters and resumes must be submitted or mailed only between August 12 and September 16, 2016. (Additional materials, i.e., application, copy of transcript, writing sample, and letters of recommendation, will be accepted through September 30, 2016.) Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis in September and October, and final selections are usually made in November. The current annual salary is $59,320. Applicants should demonstrate superior academic achievement, an ability to work professionally and independently, and an interest in legal research and writing.
Mission Statement & General Information
The Massachusetts Appeals Court is committed to doing justice under the law by rendering thoughtful, well-reasoned appellate decisions in a timely and efficient manner, treating all those who come before the court fairly and impartially. It is a court of general appellate jurisdiction, with a large caseload in both criminal and civil matters. Created in 1972, it currently comprises a chief justice and twenty-four associate justices. The Chief Justice has two law clerks; the other justices have one.
Please note that pursuant to the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you will be required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9) and submit specific document(s) that establish your identity and employment eligibility after an offer of employment is made. Additionally, pursuant to G.L. c. 478, sec. 328 of the Acts of 1978, any offer of employment is contingent upon your establishing residency in Massachusetts by the starting date of your employment with the Appeals Court.
The Appeals Court is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all interested persons to apply.
How to Apply
The court has a centralized application process. Persons interested in law clerkships may apply by submitting one set of materials, which shall include a cover letter, resume, copy of a law school transcript, writing sample, completed application for employment (revised 5/12), and two or more letters of recommendation (letters from employers are preferred; the letters of recommendations should be addressed to Cheryl Miranda, and they may be sent separately by the recommender). Online applications are encouraged, and application materials with pdf attachments should be submitted to LCapplications@appct.state.ma.us.
If an online application is not possible, one copy of the materials may be sent to:
Massachusetts Appeals Court
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Suite 3-500
Boston, MA 02108
Law students interested in judicial internships may also send inquiries to LCapplications@appct.state.ma.us.