The Supreme Judicial Court will begin accepting applications for law clerk positions on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, for the court term that begins on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, and ends on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 23, 2016. Frequently asked questions about the position are available here.


Opening Date:  May 31, 2016
Closing Date:  September 23, 2016  

Law Clerks for the 2017-2018 Term

On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court will begin accepting applications for clerkships for the court year that begins on Wednesday, August  30, 2017. The Supreme Judicial Court expects to have fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2017 - 2018 court year. Second year law students may apply as soon as their spring 2016 grades (or evaluations) are available. Third year students and law school graduates may apply anytime beginning May 31, 2016. Applications are reviewed and offers are made on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible, but no later than September 23, 2016.  


To promote the rule of law and foster public trust by leading an independent judiciary that assures every person equal access to the fair, timely and impartial resolution of disputes in courts managed with efficiency and professionalism.


The Supreme Judicial Court has thirteen openings for law clerks for the 2017-2018 court year. The court year runs from Wednesday, August 30, 2017, through Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  


Outstanding academic achievement, writing, and analytical skills and legal research ability.

Ability to work professionally, independently, and confidentially.

Successful applicants must submit a final transcript indicating graduation from law school prior to beginning the clerkship. It is not necessary to sit for the Massachusetts bar exam. Law clerks must reside in Massachusetts for the duration of their clerkship pursuant to St. 1978, c. 478, § 328.  


$71, 878.81


Paper Requirements

Each candidate must submit in paper form the following materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; and (3) a writing sample not to exceed ten pages and not edited by another. Applicants must also submit, or cause to be submitted: (1) two letters of recommendation, preferably from law school faculty; and (2) an official law school transcript. To apply to all of the Justices please submit only a single copy of the application with a cover letter addressed to "The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court." It is helpful for non-faculty recommendations to state the applicant's law school. Applicants may submit an unofficial transcript along with the cover letter, resume and writing sample.   

All paper materials should be sent to:

Pamela B. Lyons
Administrative Attorney
Supreme Judicial Court, Suite 2500
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Please mail only a single copy of the materials.  Do not staple any application materials. Please include a self-addressed stamped postcard which will serve as acknowledgment of receipt. Questions may be directed by telephone to 617-557-1071 or  
Electronic Requirements:

In addition to the above documents, each candidate must complete the Supreme Judicial Court Application for Law Clerk Employment pdf format of SJC_LawClerkApplication.pdf
form. This document should be completed online and emailed in PDF form to The PDF should be titled with your last name, first name and law school as follows:  lastname_firstname_lawschool_sjcapp.pdf. Forms that are printed out and filled in manually cannot be processed. Questions may be directed to  Rebecca Greber at 617-557-1151 or

Please let us know if you accept another offer. We will notify all applicants when hiring is completed.  

The Supreme Judicial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.