Law Firms

Clerkships

Clerkships provide the perfect opportunity for law students to understand how the commercial law world operates, and may be the opening for a graduate position. Clerkship programs are primarily offered over the university summer vacation period from the beginning of December to the end of February. Depending on the performance of summer clerks, many firms offer summer clerks graduate positions at the end of the period. The application process for summer clerkship programs commences via ‘cvMail’ or on the firm’s website.

The process may include first and second round interviews, events such as information nights, cocktail evenings and group discussions. Subsequently, offers will be made to successful applicants with a short period of time to accept. Most firms make offers to students on the same date. The process itself is competitive with firms often receiving up to a thousand applications.

Some States have Clerkship Guidelines in which law firms must abide by, ensuring a consistent and fair process for both students and employers.

Graduate Employment

In certain States (such as NSW, QLD and VIC), Graduate Employment Programs are co-ordinated by the Law Society of that state for the benefit of law firms in that state and law schools. The Graduate Employment Program is generally open to final year law students.

The Guidelines are intended to implement a fair program for law firms and students by providing set dates for the recruitment process. Students should be mindful that the programs are competitive in nature and recruitment is not guaranteed for either program.

By allowing students to simultaneously consider offers received, the Graduate Employment and Summer Clerkship Programs provide students with the opportunity to make an informed and timely selection.

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Australian Law Firms

Allen & Overy

Visit www.allenovery.com/careers

Allens

Visit www.aar.com.au/careers

ANU Legal Workshop

Visit law.anu.edu.au/legalworkshop

Ashurst

Visit www.ashurst.com/graduates

Baker & McKenzie

Visit www.bakermckenzie.com/Australia/

Clayton Utz

Visit www.claytonutz.com/careers

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Visit www.corrs.com.au/careers

DibbsBarker

Visit www.dibbsbarker.com

DLA Piper

Visit www.dlapiper.com

Herbert Smith Freehills

Visit www.freehills.com.au 

Gadens

Visit www.gadens.com.au

Gilbert + Tobin

Visit www.gtlaw.com.au

Henry Davis York

Visit www.hdy.com.au

Holding Redlich

Visit www.holdingredlich.com.au

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Visit www.jws.com.au

Jones Day

Visit www.jonesday.com

King & Wood Mallesons

Visit www.kwm.com/careers

Lander & Rogers

Visit www.landers.com.au

Minter Ellison

Visit www.minterellison.com/careers

Norton Rose

Visit www.nortonrosegraduates.com

Thomsons Lawyers

Visit www.thomsonslawyers.com.au

TressCox

Visit www.tresscox.com.au

Webb Henderson

Visit www.webbhenderson.com