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Law clerks are law school graduates who each work with one (and occasionally more than one) of the Justices. They perform a variety of responsibilities, including preparing for oral arguments, writing legal memoranda, and assisting in researching and drafting judicial decisions. The Appeals Court expects to hire approximately twenty-two law clerks for the 2021-2022 court year (August 26, 2021 through August 23, 2022). Interviews will be conducted and hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis between September and December, 2020.
- Reading briefs, record appendices, and transcripts in preparation for oral arguments.
- Researching and writing legal memoranda on a wide variety of criminal and civil issues.
- Discussing and analyzing pending cases with a Justice.
- Assisting with researching and drafting judicial decisions.
- Editing, cite checking, and proofreading legal memoranda and draft decisions.
- Assisting with supervision and education of judicial interns, as needed.
- Performing other related work, as required.
All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
- Ethics and Values - Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Appeals Court.
- Mission - Understands, upholds, and communicates the Appeals Court Missions.
- Applied Knowledge - Understanding of legal research, preparing legal memoranda and other documents, contributing to the development and implementation of court rules and policies.
- Problem Solving - Accurately identifies and addresses legal issues within the department and initiates corrective action.
- Continuous Learning - Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improve himself or herself through professional development.
- Commitment to Diversity - Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
- Customer Service - Fosters a departmental environment emphasizing conduct that is courteous and professional toward both Appeals Court employees and the public.
- Collaboration - Works with others cooperatively, and promotes teamwork, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
- Graduation from an accredited law school. It is not necessary to sit for the Massachusetts Bar Exam.
- Superior academic achievement.
- Strong interest in and ability to perform legal research and writing.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally with all court personnel.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to work independently and prioritize assignments.
- Knowledge of, and ability to use, Microsoft Windows, Word, and legal research tools, including Lexis.
- Massachusetts residence by the starting date of the clerkship.
Closing Date: 31st August, 2020