This posting is for two Superior Court Law Clerk positions to be based in Springfield, Massachusetts, primarily serving judges in the western counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire. The Superior Court seeks to fill these positions as soon as possible.
Please read all instructions carefully before starting the Trial Court online application process. Applications that do not comply with instructions may be screened out. In particular:
* Profiles. Applicants will need to create a Profile as the first step of the online application process. Applicants who previously created a Profile from an earlier application should log in using their existing usernames and password, rather than creating multiple profiles.
* Resumes. Applicants must upload their resume (PDF preferred). Specifically, during the Profile stage, choose “Create a Resume” and follow the instructions to upload your resumes. The uploaded resume should *not* include references.
* No Cover Letter. Formal cover letters are not required at this stage. The online application includes an option to copy and paste the text of a cover letter into the form, but there is no need to do so.
* References. Please have your references ready when applying online. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of their references where indicated in the online application. Unless and until we reach out to references, they should not contact the Superior Court directly in support of an applicant.
* Letters of Recommendation. Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to the Justices of the Superior Court, Suffolk County Courthouse, 3 Pemberton Square, 13th Floor, Boston MA 02108. Preferably, applicants should upload the letters of recommendation where indicated in the online application. Alternatively, recommenders may submit letters directly to the Trial Court by email to MATrialCourtJobs@jud.state.ma.us. Please do not submit (or have recommenders submit) letters of recommendation by any other means than those described here.
* Updating Profiles. Applicants have the ability to update their Profiles. In particular, applicants who were unable to submit references or letters of recommendation with their initial applications can and should still do so, by updating their Profiles. Any updates must be before the application deadline.
* Employment Application. After completing the Profile, applicants must complete the Employment application. Answer every question fully and accurately. Do not use “see resume” or similar response.
* Additional Materials. Applicants who pass the initial screenings will be asked to provide additional materials, including a statement of interest, writing sample, and official law school transcripts. Applicants should begin gathering these materials and should be prepared to submit them when requested (but not before).
Questions may be directed to Attorney Romeo G. Camba, Manager of Legal Research Services, at email@example.com. Due to anticipated volume, please do not contact us to ask about the status of individual applications. No telephone inquiries please.
The Trial Court is committed to:
• Fair and impartial administration of justice;
• Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
• Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
• Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
• Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.
The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdictiontrial for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law.
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. Start date will be as soon as possible, subject to the availability of the successful candidates. The position operates under the guidance and supervision of the Chief Justice, eighty-one Associate Justices, and the Manager of Legal Research Services. Law clerks will work alongside permanent Research Attorneys who also assist the judges. Duties of the position encompass every aspect of court procedure and all the 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 clerkship term and/or promotion to a permanent Research Attorney position.
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 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.
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 Lexis and 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 judicial intern for a Superior Court judge.
Familiarity with legal research resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis.
Demonstrated commitment to government or public service.
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 Clerk position will serve a one-year term at a salary of $62,662.46. Successful candidates will be based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and primarily serve judges in the western counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire. Start date will be as soon as possible, subject to the availability of the successful candidates. Employee benefits include subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance, ten days of paid vacation time, and three days of paid personal 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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