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Supreme Court Clerkships

The Supreme Court of Indiana has opportunities for law clerks to work directly with the five Justices of the Court. Each clerk will perform a variety of tasks, including legal research and drafting memorandums. But more importantly, a law clerk for the Supreme Court will become involved in the rich history and traditions of the Court and participate in challenging discussions of contemporary law and events that make up the fabric of the legal system.

Salary & Benefits. Each law clerk will receive an initial annual salary and work either one, two or three years. First year law clerks will receive an annual salary of $73,618.74, second year law clerks will receive $79,638.78, and third year law clerks will receive $81,285.62 annually. Law clerks receive benefits similar to all state employees.

Each of the Justices determines what tasks to assign to his or her law clerks. Law clerks are generally expected to do research, write memoranda, review draft opinions and assist in preparing preliminary draft opinions.

Applications. Each Justice of the Supreme Court makes his or her own decisions on hiring law clerks according to each Justice's own policies and procedures. Some Justices have specific application requirements, so please review the information below for each Justice. Typically, applications for judicial clerkship include the following materials:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A resume;
  3. A transcript of grades achieved in law school, including, if available, information about class standing;
  4. A copy of any relevant scholarly writing;
  5. At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom the student has studied or a letter of recommendation from a clerkship committee, or both. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately from the letter of application; and
  6. A statement of when the applicant will be available for a personal interview in Indianapolis.

Applicants who wish to apply to an individual Justice may do so by mailing one copy of an application to:

Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

311 Indiana State House
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Anticipated openings: No longer taking applications.

Justice Steven H. David

321 Indiana State House
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2547 (tel.)

Anticipated openings: No longer taking applications.

Justice Mark S. Massa

304 Indiana State House
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2550 (tel.)

Anticipated openings: Justice Massa is now taking applications for two, two-year clerkships to begin in the Fall 2022. Please send the application materials listed above via US Mail to the address above. Note: Your writing sample should be in the form of a self-edited legal memo, appellate brief, or a draft opinion. Please include three letters of recommendation. If you have any questions, please email Justice Massa’s Judicial Assistant, Jessica Hughes. The application deadline is June 30, 2021.

Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter

306 Indiana State House
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2549 (tel.)

Anticipated openings: No longer taking applications.

Justice Christopher M. Goff

324 Indiana State House
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2546 (tel.)

Anticipated openings: Justice Christopher Goff is hiring one two-year law clerk to begin in the fall of 2022. Please consolidate all application documents; cover letter, resume, official undergraduate and law-school transcripts, one or two writing samples, and at least one letter of recommendation, into one PDF file. Then submit your completed file to michelle.shorter@courts.in.gov. The deadline to submit your application is June 30, 2021.


The Indiana Supreme Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and a copy of the EEOP Short Form will be provided upon request.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.