Clerkship Program

Our Clerkship Programs are our future pipeline for the Legal Graduate Program. They are designed to give you a feel for what it’s like to be a Graduate and a great place to start your career.

How to apply: 

Applications are currently closed please revisit us in March 2024.  We are committed to making necessary adjustments to ensure equal access and opportunities for every candidate. If you require any support or reasonable adjustments to complete your application, please contact us.

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:

  • Research;
  • 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." 

 

Aimed at penultimate year law students, our clerkship programs give you a comprehensive orientation and placements in 2 different practice groups. We offer a 4 week program in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne and an 11 week program in Sydney and Canberra.

Key dates

Brisbane

We run three Clerkship Programs every year:

Summer: 20 November 2023 – 15 December 2023
Autumn: 22 April 2024 – 17 May 2024
Winter: 17 June 2024 – 12 July 2024

Recruitment Dates

Applications are now closed, please check back in March 2024. 

Melbourne

We run two Clerkship Programs every year:

Summer: 20 November 2023 – 15 December 2023
Winter: 17 June 2024 – 12 July 2024

Recruitment Dates

Applications are now closed, please check back in March 2024. 

Perth

We run three Clerkship Programs every year:

Summer 1: 20 November 2023 – 15 December 2023
Summer 2: 15 January 2024 – 9 February 2024
Winter: 17 June 2024 – 12 July 2024

Recruitment Dates

Applications are now closed, please check back in March 2024. 

Sydney

We run one Clerkship Program every year:

Summer: 20 November 2023 – 2 February 2024

Recruitment Dates

Applications are now closed, please check back in March 2024. 

 

Canberra

We run one Clerkship Program every year:

Summer: 20 November 2023 – 2 February 2024

Recruitment Dates

Applications are now closed, please check back in March 2024. 

 

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