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Law Clerk 0 for the Justices of the Superior Court

Location: Boston, MA
Website: https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/1413/law-clerk---for-the-justices-of-the-superior-court/job

NOTE:

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 romeo.camba@jud.state.ma.us. No telephone inquiries please.

POSITION SUMMARY:

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.

MAJOR DUTIES:

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 appropriate.

 

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 others.

 

Maintains law clerk offices and work areas, including updating pocket parts of books as necessary.

 

Performs related tasks as required.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

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 clerkship.

 

           Excellent legal writing and communication skills.

 

           Excellent legal research and analytical skills, using both online and book resources.

 

           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 include:

 

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 judge.

 

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.

 

OTHER:

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 time.

 

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 opportunity.

posted: 7/1/2013

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