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All applicants must submit their resume with the
online application. Letters of recommendation are not requested or
required. Applicants selected for interviews should be prepared to submit
additional materials, including a statement of interest, official law
school transcript, and writing sample.
Inquiries may be directed to Attorney Romeo G.
Camba, Manager of Legal Research Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No telephone inquiries please.
The law clerk position is responsible for
performing legal research and writing assignments to assist the Justices
of the Superior Court, for a one-year term running from September 1, 2013
through August 31, 2014. The position operates under the guidance and
supervision of the Chief Justice, the eighty-one Associate Justices, and
the Manager and Assistant Manager of Legal Research Services. Duties of
the position encompass every aspect of court procedure and all legal
issues within the Superior Court's civil and criminal jurisdiction. A
reliable car and the willingness and ability to travel to courthouses
throughout the Commonwealth are requirements of the position. There may be
an opportunity to apply for an additional one-year term.
Assists judges in matters before the court by:
- Attending motion hearings, portions of trials,
and other courtroom proceedings;
- Discussing legal issues with judges;
- Performing careful and accurate legal research
and analysis, using both online and book resources;
- Clearly and concisely conveying results of
research and analysis to judges, orally and in writing;
- Preparing well-written and error-free legal
research memoranda, bench memoranda, and draft decisions;
- Completing assignments in a timely manner and
within deadlines established by judges; and
- Performing additional legal research and analysis
and further review and revision of written work products as
Rotates among various Superior Court locations
every two to four months, as assigned by the Manager of Legal Research
Services. Law clerks based in eastern Massachusetts may be assigned to any
of the Superior Court locations within or east of Worcester County. Law
clerks based in western Massachusetts may be assigned to any of the
Superior Court locations west of Worcester County.
Accurately and timely submits all required
administrative forms, such as work logs and attendance forms, among
Maintains law clerk offices and work areas,
including updating pocket parts of books as necessary.
Performs related tasks as required.
These are the minimum requirements necessary
to apply for a position of Law Clerk:
Juris Doctor degree from a law school, as of the start of the
Excellent legal writing and communication skills.
Excellent legal research and analytical skills, using both online and book
High professional and ethical standards.
Access to a reliable car and the willingness and ability to travel to
courthouses as assigned.
Experience and knowledge in the use of personal computers, including word
processing programs such as WordPerfect or Microsoft Word and legal
research services such as Loislaw, Lexis, or Westlaw.
Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions.
Demonstrated ability to manage, prioritize, and complete simultaneous
assignments from various judges.
Demonstrated ability to work well independently while maintaining
productivity and demonstrating good judgment.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and otherwise complete assignments
in a timely manner.
Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a professional setting,
including judges, managers, court staff, and other law clerks.
Genuine commitment to serving the full term of the clerkship.
Additional preferred qualifications
Membership in the Massachusetts
Bar and intent to practice law in Massachusetts.
Substantial legal research and
writing experience in a litigation context, including prior experience as
a Superior Court Law Fellow or judicial intern for a Superior Court
Familiarity with legal research
resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis.
Demonstrated commitment to
government or public service.
Clerkships are open to
distinguished graduates of law schools throughout the country. Both recent
law school graduates and practicing attorneys are invited to apply for the
positions. Excellent writing, communication, and accurate research skills
are absolutely necessary, as are high professional and ethical standards.
Neither prior Massachusetts residency nor bar membership is a prerequisite
to employment. However, all law clerks must reside in Massachusetts during
the duration of their clerkship.
The law clerks will serve a one-year term from
September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2014 at a salary of $53,460.89 per
year. Employee benefits include subsidized health, dental, and vision
insurance, ten days of paid vacation time and three days of paid personal
PLEASE NOTE:Employment is
contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
If you are not
currently viewing this posting online, please visit the Trial Court
website at www.mass.gov/courts to apply
for this position or any other Trial Court employment