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Law Clerk

Boston, MA
Full Time
Job #: 2020-5042
Position Summary
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.

Major Duties
  • 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.

Job Competencies
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.

Position Requirements
  • 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

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