How to apply

Decide which program you're eligible for

I'm in my penultimate year of a Bachelors of Laws or a Juris Doctor at an Australian university The Clerkship Program.

I'm in my final year of a Bachelors of Laws or a Juris Doctor at an Australian university Legal Graduate Program.

I'm in my final year of an accounting degree or computer science / IT degree  → FTS Graduate Program.

All CU offices regularly recruit their graduates directly from the Clerkship Program. Additional graduate recruitment opportunities will be posted below. 

Check application dates

Application dates for our offices are listed on the Clerkship page.

Application dates for the FTS Graduate program are listed on the FTS graduate program page


Applications for our legal programs are done via our online application form.

Applications for our FTS Graduate Program are done via our FTS online application form

Once you've registered a user name and password, you can complete all the required fields and submit your résumé and a cover letter. Please address your cover letter to the person named in your state's application process. 

Once you submit this part of the application, you will receive the following emails, which you must action within 48 hours: 

1. An email with an invitation to complete a short Rare Recruitment survey; and

2. An email invitation to complete a Logical Ability Assessment via Talent Q. 

Rare Recruitment 

At Clayton Utz, our people come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different skills, interests, personalities and capabilities. We are committed to an inclusive culture in which all of our people are recognised for their unique contributions and are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential. Diversity at Clayton Utz includes diversity of thought, background, experience, personal circumstances, education, religion, sexuality, gender, age, ethnicity and ability/disability. That diversity helps to generate new ideas, creates more effective teams and relationships, and is a key enabler to attract, develop and retain the very best people.

To assist us with gathering relevant information during the application process at Clayton Utz, we have partnered with a company called Rare Recruitment. Their contextual recruitment system (CRS) allows us to understand each applicant’s achievements, skills and experience in the context that they have been gained. This enables us to identify diverse talent. 

Rare Recruitment collects data directly from you and from external sources to enable us to better understand your experiences, achievements and skills in the context of your personal circumstances. More specifically, if there are factors in your childhood/upbringing or extenuating circumstances in your past that impacted on your ability to perform at school, or if you significantly outperformed against your peers at school, this information can be considered in conjunction with more traditional candidate information. 

Please note that supplying this information is not mandatory and you will not marked down whether you choose to participate or not. 

Online Assessment 

You will also be asked to complete a Logical Ability Assessment via our assessment partner, Talent Q. This is the only online assessment we use during our selection process and completion is required for your application to be considered. 

You can find further information on the Logical Ability Assessment online, as well as practice tests.

A few tips

Remember, we're looking for people who are personable, practical, commercially-savvy, as well as flexible. Our teams undertake complex and innovative 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, and who would enjoy working alongside us. 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. 

So that's you – what about your application? Here are some tips to assist in your preparation: 

1. When screening applications we take into account such things as:

  • Résumé and cover letter;
  • Strong academic results;
  • Extracurricular activities;
  • University involvement;
  • Work experience;
  • Team work and leadership;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Enthusiasm and motivation. 

2. Have the following information ready when you commence the online application. Please note that you need to enter/paste text rather than upload your CV and cover letter:

  • CV and cover letter
  • UAI
  • Information from your university academic transcript, including specific university subject scores and WAM (weighted average mark). 

3. Upon completion of the above, you will receive an email with an invitation to complete a short "Rare Recruitment" survey. Further details on the Rare contextual recruitment system can be found under 'Apply'. Please note this survey will ask for information from your time in high school, including grades, so try to have this ready. 

4. Additionally you will receive a separate email invitation to complete a Logical Ability Assessment via Talent Q. It is the only online assessment we use during our selection process and completion is required for your application to be considered. 

5. Remember your application must be submitted by the relevant closing date/time.  

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What's next?

Once applications close we will review all candidates.

We'll tell you the outcome of you application within four weeks of the closing date.

If you're shortlisted, you'll progress to the interview stage.

Successful candidates will be made an offer.

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