Law Internships

The Law Department offers unpaid law clerk positions during the academic and non-academic year.

Summer 2015 Clerkship Opportunity

The submission period for the Summer 2015 Clerkship Opportunities are now closed.

2015 Internship Description


  • Law students who are considered for positions at the Law Department must have completed their first year of coursework.

  • While residency in the City of Boston is preferable, non-City residents will also be considered.

  • The Law Department is an equal opportunity employer. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

General Information

Law clerks are exposed to two areas of the Law Department – litigation services and government services.

  • Litigation assignments touch upon every aspect of civil defense litigation including research, drafting pleadings, investigating claims, discovery requests/responses, attending hearings, depositions, mediations, and more. Typical lawsuits range from c. 84 (pot holes) and c. 258 claims (Mass. Tort Claims Act), to civil rights violations, discrimination, and class action suits.

  • Government services assignments are more in line with providing in-house counseling to all City employees and departments on any legal matters that may arise, with exposure to contracts, construction, property and zoning litigation. You will have the opportunity to look into zoning matters, affirmative recovery, housing issues, and City ordinances in a variety of research and litigation-related formats.

Position Information

Law clerks hired for part-time positions are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students hired for full-time positions are required to work a minimum/maximum of 35 hours per week.

Application Requirements

To be considered for a position, please submit a:

  • résumé,

  • cover letter,

  • writing sample, and

  • current school-generated transcript.

Incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will student-generated transcripts.

Submit Application Requirements To:

Note: Email applications are preferred.

Linda Williams
City of Boston Law Department
Room 615, City Hall
Boston, MA 02201

Telephone: 617-635-4058
Fax: 617-635-3199

Please contact Linda Williams with any questions.