Please read the following instructions carefully before starting the Trial Court online application process. Applications that do not comply with the following may be screened out.
1. Resumes: Resumes must be converted to PDFs (Microsoft Word and text documents will not be accepted) and uploaded with the online application. Specifically, when creating your profile in Step 1 of the online application, choose “Create with Resume” and follow the instructions to upload your resume. Resumes should not include a list of references.
2. GPA: Unless your school does not provide a GPA, please include your cumulative law school GPA on your resume and enter your GPA on the online application, where requested.
3. References: Applicants will be instructed to enter the names and contact information of references during the online application process. Please do not have references contact us directly, whether by mail, email, fax or phone.
4. Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are optional. Applicants who choose to submit a letter of recommendation must do so via the online application process. Therefore, before starting the online applications, applicants must have PDFs of any letters of recommendation ready to upload. Please do not submit letters of recommendation by other means, such as mail, email, fax or hand-delivery.
5. Writing Sample: Applicants selected for interviews will be expected to provide a short writing sample in response to a specific legal question that will be provided to the applicant at the time of scheduling the interview.
6. Other Materials: Applicants selected for interviews should be prepared to submit additional materials if requested, including a statement of interest, an official law school transcript and an additional writing sample.
The Trial Court is committed to:
It is the mission of the Juvenile Court to protect children from abuse and neglect and promote opportunities for children to reside in safe, stable, permanent family environments whenever possible, to strengthen families when their children are in need of services, to rehabilitate juveniles, to protect the public from delinquent and criminal activity while holding offenders accountable and addressing the harm suffered by the community and the victim, and to decide all cases fairly and impartially with dedication, integrity and professionalism.
The law clerk is responsible for performing legal research and writing assignments to assist the judges of the Juvenile Court, for a one-year term running from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019. Law clerks work directly with the judges, and under the supervision of the Assistant Deputy Court Administrator and the Chief Justice.
A reliable car and the willingness to travel to courthouses throughout the Commonwealth are requirements of the position.
A judicial clerkship in the Massachusetts Juvenile Court offers a unique, exciting and rewarding environment in which to begin a legal career. The Juvenile Court has general jurisdiction over delinquency, youthful offender, children requiring assistance, care and protection, guardianship and adoption proceedings.
Law clerks apply to serve in either Eastern, Southeastern or Western Massachusetts. The majority of opportunities to serve are in Eastern Massachusetts. All law clerks are assigned by the Assistant Deputy Court Administrator, with the final approval of the Chief Justice, to rotations. In Eastern Massachusetts, the law clerks may be assigned to any of the following five divisions: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester. In Southeastern Massachusetts, law clerks may be assigned to any of the following three divisions: Barnstable, Bristol and Plymouth. In Western Massachusetts, law clerks may be assigned to the Berkshire, Franklin/Hampshire, and Hampden. The rotation system gives law clerks the opportunity to work with numerous judges and to gain a broader understanding of the work of the Juvenile Court.
Assists judges in matters before the court by:
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, and drafting findings of fact, conclusions of law, rationales, judgments and memoranda of decision;
Completing assignments in a timely manner and within deadlines established by judges;
Performing additional legal research and analysis and further review and revision of written work products as appropriate; and
Attending hearings, portions of trials, and other courtroom proceedings, as needed.
Rotates among various Juvenile Court locations every three to six months, as assigned by the Assistant Deputy Court Administrator.
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.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Law Clerk:
Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school or eligibility to sit for the Massachusetts bar exam, 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:
Current legal practice or intent to practice law in Massachusetts.
Substantial legal research and writing experience, including prior experience as a judicial intern for a Juvenile Court judge.
Courses in juvenile law, research assistant positions, prior work experience in the areas of juvenile law and clinical placements.
Familiarity with legal research resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis.
Demonstrated commitment to government or public service.
The Juvenile Court invites well-rounded and distinguished recent law school graduates and practicing attorneys to apply for the clerkship positions. Solid academic credentials are important, however, there are no rigid requirements regarding class rank or standing.
All law clerks must reside in Massachusetts for the duration of the law clerk term.
The law clerks will serve a one-year term from September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2019 at a salary of $60,223.29. Employee benefits include subsidized health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, ten days of paid vacation time, three days of personal time and paid sick time.
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.
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