I gained an understanding of the firm's stand-out culture through the diverse backgrounds of my colleagues, the generosity of seniors with their time, and the friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere.
Amel Saeed, Lawyer
If you’re a law student in your penultimate year, our Clerkship Programs will expose you to the fast pace of a full-service commercial law firm and show you the law in action. You'll be working under the guidance of some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia, on challenging, complex and high-profile transactions and matters. You'll be mentored by partners and lawyers who are leaders in their fields, in a firm where individuality is embraced and innovation actively encouraged.
Practice groups are allocated based on a combination of your preference and the business needs of the firm.
There is no set routine and allocated work will depend largely on the practice group and its specific needs at the time. However, some common responsibilities include:
- Writing clients memos/letters;
- Attending client meetings with lawyers;
- Attending court with lawyers;
- Pro bono work;
- Liaising with internal colleagues; and
- Assisting with the preparation of matters for hearings.
Hear from Amel Saeed, Lawyer
"Through my time at Clayton Utz, I gained an understanding of the firm's stand-out culture through the diverse backgrounds of my colleagues, the generosity of seniors with their time, and the friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere.
The opportunities to network and socialise at all levels were invaluable and the conversations I had allowed me to envision myself being a lawyer at Clayton Utz. I appreciated the clear investment in the learning and development of juniors as well as the focus of many leaders on work/life balance. I was also lucky to be able to attend face-to-face client meetings (appropriately socially distanced as it was during 2020) and be a part of work that developed my legal skills and my commercial awareness. Overall, the insights I gained about myself and the firm through my clerkship helped me decide what I wanted to do post-graduation and ultimately drew me back to Clayton Utz as a Graduate Lawyer."