Position Summary:
  • The Housing Court is accepting applications for two law clerk positions. The law clerks will serve one term and may be invited to return for an additional one-year term. Successful candidates will be based in two divisions, although on occasion assignments and judicial need may require Law Clerks to travel to other courthouses throughout Massachusetts.
  • The law clerks, under the supervision of the Administrative Office of the Housing Court, will work directly with the justices on a variety of assignments that will involve performing legal research, preparing memoranda on cases and legal issues, drafting decisions and orders, and/or attending court sessions. Research topics will include not only substantive questions of law but also questions involving procedural and evidentiary issues. The law clerks can expect to complete the clerkship with a solid understanding of landlord-tenant and other housing law, court rules, and general courtroom practice.

Major Duties:
  • Discuss legal issues with justices
  • Perform careful and accurate legal research and analysis
  • Prepare well-written legal research memoranda and draft decisions and orders
  • Attend motion hearings, portions of trials, and other courtroom proceedings
  • Submit all required administrative forms, such as work logs
  • Maintain law library materials
  • Perform related tasks as required

Position Requirements:
  • These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the law clerk position.
  • As of the start of the clerkship, a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-approved/provisionally approved law school
  • As of the start of the clerkship, Massachusetts residency
  • Access to a reliable vehicle and the ability to travel throughout Massachusetts
  • High professional and ethical standards
  • Excellent legal research skills, using both online and book resources
  • Excellent legal writing and analytical skills
  • Experience and knowledge in the use of personal computers, including the use of word processing programs and legal research services
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to manage, prioritize, and timely complete assignments
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining productivity and good judgment
  • Ability to work well with others in a professional setting, including justices, managers, and court staff
  • Commitment to serving the full term of the clerkship
  • Additional preferred qualifications include:
  • Commitment to government or public service.
  • Prior experience as a judicial intern.

Closing Date: 29th January, 2019
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