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 begins on Monday, August 31, 2020 through Friday, August 27, 2021, will open on May 28, 2019 and will close on September 28, 2019.

About the law clerk 2020-2021 term

The court year runs from Monday, August 31, 2020 through Friday, August 27, 2021.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the Supreme Judicial Court will begin accepting applications for clerkships for the court year that begins on Monday, August 31, 2020. The Supreme Judicial Court has fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2020-2021 court year.

  • Second-year law students are eligible to apply as soon as their spring 2019 grades (or evaluations) are available.
  • Third-year students and law school graduates are eligible to apply anytime beginning May 28, 2019.
  • 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 28, 2019.
  • 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.