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Apply for a law clerk position in the Supreme Judicial Court

Law clerks are law school graduates who act as "elbow" clerks to one or more of the justices, assisting them in researching and writing judicial decisions.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's mission is 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 application period for law clerk positions at the Supreme Judicial Court for the court term that begins on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and ends on Friday, August 28, 2020, opened on June 4, 2018 and will close on September 24, 2018. 

The Supreme Judicial Court has fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2019–2020 court year.

  • Second-year law students are eligible to apply as soon as their spring 2018 grades (or evaluations) are available.
  • Third-year students and law school graduates are eligible to apply anytime beginning June 4, 2018.
  • 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 24, 2018.
  • The salary is $74,051.34.

The Supreme Judicial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all interested persons to apply.

Position requirements

  • 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.

Application requirements

Each candidate must submit the following materials:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume;
  3. Writing sample not to exceed ten pages and not edited by another; and
  4. Completed Supreme Judicial Court Application for Law Clerk Employment application form (see downloads section below).

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 sjclawclerkhiring@sjc.state.ma.us. Recommenders may also submit electronic copies of letters to this email address.

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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 .

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. Materials should be submitted to: sjclawclerkhiring@sjc.state.ma.us

Questions may be directed to  Rebecca Greber at 617-557-1151 or Rebecca.Greber@sjc.state.ma.us.

Please let us know if you accept another offer or wish to withdraw your application.  We will notify all applicants when hiring is completed. 

Applications should be submitted online. However, 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 Manager
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. You may 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 Rebecca.Greber@sjc.state.ma.us.

Please let us know if you accept another offer or wish to withdraw your application.  We will notify all applicants when hiring is completed. 

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Questions may be directed to Rebecca Greber at (617) 557-1151 or Rebecca.Greber@sjc.state.ma.us.

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

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John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108

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