Apply for a law clerk position in the Supreme Judicial Court

Law clerks are law school grduates 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.

All law clerk positions at the Supreme Judicial Court for the court term will begin on Wednesday, August 28, 2024, through Wednesday, August 27, 2025.

The Supreme Judicial Court has fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2024-2025 court year.

  • Second and third-year students are eligible to apply as soon as the application period opens. If their official spring 2023 grades (or evaluations) are not yet available, applicants should attach an unofficial transcript to their application and provide an official version as soon as it becomes available.
  • Law school graduates are eligible to apply anytime after the application period has opened. 
  • Applications are reviewed and offers are made on a rolling basis, once the evaluation period opens. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • The salary is $82,167.50.

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

All positions for the 2024-25 court term have been filled. The hiring period is closed. Please check back in the spring for updated instructions on how to apply.

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. Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically by faculty or staff.
  2. An official law school transcript. For students whose schools also provide written course evaluations or work evaluations, those evaluations should be provided as well. Applicants may submit an unofficial, student-issued transcript electronically with their other application materials, and arrange to have an official transcript sent as soon as that is possible.

It is helpful for non-faculty recommendations to state the applicant's law school in their letters. Schools that process transcript requests using an electronic drop box may submit information to sjclawclerkhiring@sjc.state.ma.us. Recommenders are encouraged to submit electronic copies of letters to this email address. Recommenders also may submit letters by U.S. mail.

Wherever signature is required, electronic signatures are permitted.

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All positions for the 2024-25 court term have been filled. The hiring period is closed. Please check back in the spring for updated instructions on how to apply.

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.

Applicants must also submit, or cause to be submitted:

  1. Two letters of recommendation;

a. For non-faculty recommendations, it is helpful to state the applicant's law school in their letters.

  1. An official law school transcript. For students whose schools provide written course evaluations or work evaluations, those evaluations should be provided as well. Applicants may submit an unofficial, student-issued transcript with their application materials and arrange to have an official transcript sent as soon as it becomes available.

b. Schools that process transcript requests using an electronic drop box may submit information to sjclawclerkhiring@sjc.state.ma.us.

Wherever signature is required, electronic signatures are permitted.

To apply to all of the Justices please submit only a single copy of the application materials with a cover letter addressed to "The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court."

Each candidate must submit all of the required materials listed above. Application materials should be submitted by email. Items 1-4 must be submitted as a single PDF document. Items 5-6 must be included in the single PDF application packet, to the extent they are available at the time of application. Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly from recommenders as they become available. It is preferred that those letters are sent electronically to sjclawclerkhiring@sjc.state.ma.us.

All applications must be submitted via the sjclawclerkhiring@sjc.state.ma.us email address. Applications submitted directly to chambers, or any other individual, will not be considered. The Application form should be completed online. Forms that are printed out and filled in manually cannot be processed.

The single application file in PDF form should be titled to include your last name, first name, and law school. For example:  lastname.firstname.lawschool.sjcapp.pdf.

Questions may be directed to Blanca Tosado at blanca.tosado@jud.state.ma.us or 617-557-1193.

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

All positions for the 2024-25 court term have been filled. The hiring period is closed. Please check back in the spring for updated instructions on how to apply.

Applications are preferred to be submitted online. However, for those applicants, schools, and recommenders who are unable to submit materials electronically, law school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and applications materials may be sent in paper form.

All paper materials should be sent to:

Blanca Tosado
Supreme Judicial Court
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Please mail only a single copy of any paper materials. Do not staple any application materials. You may include a self-addressed stamped postcard which will serve as acknowledgement of receipt.

Questions may be directed to Blanca Tosado at blanca.tosado@jud.state.ma.us or 617-557-1193. 

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

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 Blanca Tosado by email at blanca.tosado@jud.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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