The Supreme Judicial Court will begin accepting applications for law clerk positions on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, for the court term that begins on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, and ends on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 29, 2017.


Opening Date:  May 30, 2017
Closing Date:  September 29, 2017 

Law Clerks for the 2018-2019 Term

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Supreme Judicial Court will begin accepting applications for clerkships for the court year that begins on Wednesday, August  29, 2018. The Supreme Judicial Court expects to have fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2018 - 2019 court year. Second year law students may apply as soon as their spring 2017 grades (or evaluations) are available. Third year students and law school graduates may apply anytime beginning May 30, 2017. 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 29, 2017.  

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 fourteen openings for law clerks for the 2018-2019 court year. The court year runs from Wednesday, August 29, 2018, through Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  

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.  


Each candidate must submit the following materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a writing sample not to exceed ten pages and not edited by another; and (4) the Supreme Judicial Court Application for Law Clerk Employment application form pdf format of SJC_LawClerkApplication.pdf
. 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." Applicants may submit an unofficial transcript along with the cover letter, resume and writing sample. The written materials should be submitted by email in PDF format. The application form should be completed online and also emailed in PDF form. Forms that are printed out and filled in manually cannot be processed. All materials should be titled to include your last name, first name, law school, and the type of document. For example: lastname_firstname_lawschool_sjcapp.pdf or lastname_firstname_lawschool_resume.pdf. The total size of all documents submitted in a single email may not exceed 4MB. You will receive an email acknowledgment once all of your materials, including your transcripts and letters of recommendation, have been received. Materials should be submitted to:

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. It is helpful for non-faculty recommendations to state the applicant's law school. Schools that process transcript requests using an electronic drop box may submit information to Recommenders may also submit electronic copies of letters to this email address.   

For those applicants, schools, and recommenders who are unable to submit materials electronically, law school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and application materials may be sent in paper form.

All paper materials should be sent to:

Rebecca Greber
Law Clerk Hiring Coordinator
Supreme Judicial Court
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 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.