FAQs

About Clayton Utz

How would you describe the culture at Clayton Utz?

Our culture is founded on the behavioural values of trust, respect and co-operation and our foundation value of highest ethical standards. They underpin everything we do. It affects the way we approach each other and our work, our service to our clients and our community involvement.

In what areas of law does Clayton Utz practise?

Clayton Utz has 15 national practice groups:

Banking & Financial
Commercial Litigation
Competition
Corporate, M&A
Environment and Planning
Forensic and Technology Services
Insurance
IP and Technology
Major Projects
Public Sector / Government Services
Real Estate
Restructuring and Insolvency
Tax
Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety
Pro Bono

 

What sort of work does Clayton Utz do?

We're a leading Australian law firm, so we advise many of Australia's top financial institutions, multinational corporations operating in a range of sectors, and state and Australian government departments and agencies on a wide variety of issues.

International work is a really important part of our practice too. We've got strong relationships with many overseas firms, and we handle both inbound and outbound matters.

Are there any international secondment opportunities at Clayton Utz?

We have formal and informal international placement programs with various leading law firms around the world that see Clayton Utz lawyers living and working in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Our Japanese exchange program with leading Japanese law firms and trading houses involves extended secondments both to and from Japan for graduates and lawyers. Listen to Isobelle's story to hear more about international placements at CU.

What's Clayton Utz doing about gender equality in the workplace?

Plenty!  Gender is recognised as a priority area under the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy.  Our approach is multi-faceted and includes maintaining its WGEA Employer of Choice status (EOCGE citation); running our highly regarded "Momentum" program (a national initiative focused on women); promoting flexible work practices; setting gender KPIs for our people and setting (and achieving) gender targets. Listen to Sonia's story to hear more about flexibility at CU.

 

Is there support for the LGBTI community at Clayton Utz?
Yes, and it continues to grow in strength!  The "LGBTI Alliance" (our LGBTI program) is an essential part of our diversity agenda and is actively promoted by our Chief Executive Partner.  It's about encouraging an environment that maximises opportunities for our people to achieve business success and career satisfaction regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.  The role and activities of the LGBTI Alliance are focused around fostering an LGBTI inclusive culture within the Firm, connecting with the broader LGBTI community, developing internal policies, training and education.  Listen to Luke's story to hear more about our LGBTI Alliance.

About the recruitment process

Is there a minimum GPA required to apply for a clerkship?

Strong academic grades are important. However, we consider the entire application and assess candidates based on a range of competencies.

I'm an international student, can I apply to the Clerkship Program?

Our Clerkship Program is a pipeline for our Graduate Program. International students may apply if they are able to work full time during the program and if they are able to apply for the correct visa entitlements to work unrestricted in Australia once they have graduated. Graduates need to independently attain the correct work visa.

What sort of person are you looking for?

We're looking for people who are personable, practical, commercially-savvy, as well as flexible. Our lawyers undertake complex and innovative legal work, so it's important that our clerks and graduates are motivated individuals who aren’t afraid of a challenge.

We are also interested in learning more about your outside interests. You need to be able to balance your professional and personal lives, and have fun!

Most importantly, we are looking for people we'd enjoy working alongside. We want clerks and graduates who embody the firm's behavioural values of trust, respect and co-operation and our foundation value of highest ethical standards in all that they do.

How long before I finish my studies can I apply for a clerkship?

The Clerkship Program is aimed at students who are in their penultimate year of university. 

If you are in your final year of study, we will still consider your application, as long as you explain in your cover letter why you couldn't complete a clerkship in your penultimate year. 

Can I apply to undertake a clerkship in more than one State?

Yes you can be considered for more than one State. If you have a genuine interest in working in a Clayton Utz office outside of the State in which you are studying you can be considered for a clerkship. You will need to apply to that office directly – remember, dates vary between offices so make sure you're using the correct local application date. You'll be given a number of rotations (how many will depend on which office you're in).

If you have already undertaken a clerkship in one office and apply to another, it's important to mention this in your application.

About the Clerkship Program

Can I choose the practice group/s I want to work in during my clerkship?

Practice groups are allocated based on a combination of your preference and the business needs of the firm.

What sort of work will I do during my clerkship?

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.  

About the Graduate Program

Will completing a clerkship stand me in good stead to obtain a graduate role at Clayton Utz?

Yes, because we're planning to continue to recruit our graduates from our clerkship programs.

Am I able to defer a graduate offer for 12 months to travel, be a Judge's associate, or complete a Masters program?

This will be at the discretion of the office to which you apply and dependent on the graduate numbers for the current and following year. Please remember to raise this during the application process.

What training do you provide to your graduates?

Clayton Utz has a structured training program that all graduates will participate in. It commences with a 2.5 week national orientation program. Once you have settled in your practice group your development journey continues with a range of workshops, on-line learning, coaching and mentoring conversations.

During my graduate year, will I be stuck in one practice group?

Your graduate year is a great time to experiment, so experiencing different practice groups is a key component of our graduate program. You'll complete 3 rotations of 6 months.

Will Clayton Utz support my postgraduate study?

Once you've finished the Graduate Program Clayton Utz supports the development of its people through tuition assistance and/or study leave to help them obtain relevant postgraduate qualifications.

Can I move to other Clayton Utz offices?

As a national firm we do national projects, so there is the potential of working in other offices.

We also have a domestic mobility policy to support employees who want to move to other Clayton Utz offices, permanently or temporarily.

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