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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.

Supreme Judicial Court Law Clerk Hiring Coordinator


Rebecca Greber (617) 557-1151

The Details

What you need

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 Recommenders may also submit electronic copies of letters to this email address.

How to apply

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:

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 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.

Next steps


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.




John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108


Rebecca Greber (617) 557-1151


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


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