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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 Wednesday, August 29, 2018, and ends on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 is now closed. Information on submitting law clerk applications for the 2019-2010 court term will be posted in the spring of 2018.

About the law clerk 2018-2019 term

The court year runs from Wednesday, August 29, 2018, through Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Supreme Judicial Court began accepting applications for clerkships for the court year that begins on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. The Supreme Judicial Court expects to have fourteen openings for law clerks in the 2018–2019 court year.

  • Second-year law students were eligible to apply as soon as their spring 2017 grades (or evaluations) are available.
  • Third-year students and law school graduates were eligible to apply anytime beginning May 30, 2017.
  • 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 29, 2017.
  • The salary is $74,051.34.

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.

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