Supreme Judicial Court Judicial Internships

Learn how to apply for a judicial internship with the Supreme Judicial Court

The mission of the Supreme Judicial Court 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 Supreme Judicial Court is the highest appellate court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is comprised of a Chief Justice and seven Associate Justices.

Opportunities for unpaid judicial internships are available to law school students who have completed one or two years of coursework (two years is preferable). Applicants should demonstrate superior academic achievement, an ability to work independently, and an interest in legal research and writing.

The Supreme Judicial Court is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons from all backgrounds to apply.

Application process

Law school students who are interested in an internship may apply by submitting one set of the following materials:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Law school transcript
  4. A brief writing sample (5-8 pages)

Application materials should be submitted to The subject line should state "Internship Application."

  • The application period for a Spring 2020 internship (to begin in January) will open on October 1, 2019 and close at 5:00 pm on November 1, 2019* (*please note that the application deadline has been extended from October 15 to November 1, 2019).
  • The application period for a Summer 2020 internship (to begin in late May/early June) will open on February 1, 2020 and close at 5:00 pm on February 15, 2020.

Following the end of each submission period, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis by individual judges who are interested in hiring particular internship candidates.

Law schools offering academic credits or stipends for judicial internships may have different timelines and procedures for the submission of application materials to the law school. Applicants should contact their internship coordinators about the submission of their materials to the Supreme Judicial Court. Students at Northeastern University School of Law should continue to follow their Co-op calendar.