Supreme Judicial Court law clerk applicants

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.

The application period for law clerk positions at the Supreme Judicial Court for the court term that will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020 through Friday, August 27, 2021, is now closed. 

About the law clerk 2021-2022 term

The Supreme Judicial Court will have fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2021-2022 court year.

  • Second-year law students will be eligible to apply as soon as their spring 2020 grades (or evaluations) are available.
  • Third-year students and law school graduates will be eligible to apply anytime after the application period has opened. The opening date will be posted here in early spring.
  • Applications are reviewed and offers are made on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • The salary is $78,591.58.

Click here to learn more about the application process and access the application for a law clerk position in the Supreme Judicial Court.

Mission statement and general information

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 position requires outstanding academic achievement, writing, analytical skills and legal research ability; and the 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, sec. 328.

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