Our Clerkship programs

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.

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

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Minnie Wu, Lawyer

"The clerkship program at Clayton Utz stood out to me as really embracing diversity and being accepting of people from all walks of life. Undertaking the clerkship allowed me to discover new passions for different areas of law and exposed me to what it would be like to work at a leading commercial law firm. I particularly enjoyed the social activities and the networking opportunities which were frequently organised for clerks. These social activities revealed to me that people at Clayton Utz are super down to earth and very invested in your development as a junior.

I rotated through the Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets and Restructuring and Insolvency teams, which allowed me to experience both front-end (transactional) and back-end (litigious) work - very helpful when it came to choosing my preferences for graduate rotations . Overall, the clerkship program gave me an insight into how much Clayton Utz invests in its people through training, educational and mentoring programs, and was invaluable as a law student about to start their legal career."

Brisbane

Aimed at penultimate year law students, our 4-week program gives you a comprehensive orientation and placements in 2 different practice groups. You'll also get additional training, networking opportunities, and be part of our social activities.  

Program Dates

We run three Clerkship Programs every year: 
Summer: 21 November 2022 – 16 December 2022
Autumn: 24 April 2023 – 19 May 2023
Winter: 19 June 2023 – 14 July 2023

Recruitment Dates

Applications open: 9:00am, 18 July 2022
Applications close: 5:00pm, 12 August 2022
Networking Cocktail Evening (for interviewing candidates): September 2022
Interviews: September/ October 2022
Offers made: 9:00am, 12 October 2022
Offers must be accepted/declined: 5:00pm, 13 October 2022

Canberra

Aimed at penultimate year law students, our 11-week week program gives you a week-long orientation and two rotations in different practice areas. You'll also get additional training, networking opportunities and be part of our social activities.

Program Dates

We run one Clerkship Program every year: 
Summer: 21 November 2022 – 3 February 2023

Recruitment Dates

Applications open: 6 June 2022
Applications close: 10 July 2022
Clerkship Information Night  (for interviewing candidates): July 2022
Round 1 Interviews:  August 2022
Round 2 Interviews: September 2022
Networking Cocktail Evening (for interviewing candidates): August 2022
Offers made: 14 September 2022
Offers must be accepted/declined: 15 September 2022

Apply now

If you are a current Clayton Utz employee you will need to submit your application internally through Workday. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions on how to do this.

Melbourne

Aimed at penultimate year law students, our 4-week program gives you a comprehensive orientation and placements in 2 different practice groups. You'll also get additional training, networking opportunities, and be part of our social activities.

Program Dates

We run two Clerkship Programs every year:
Summer: 21 November 2022 – 16 December 2022
Winter: 19 June 2023 – 14 July 2023

Recruitment Dates

Applications open: 9:00am, Monday 4 July 2022
Applications close: 11:59pm, Sunday 14 August 2022
Video interviews (for selected candidates only): August 2022
Networking Cocktail Evening (for interviewing candidates): September 2022
Interviews: September/October 2022
Offer day: 10:00am, Wednesday 19 October 2022
Offers must be accepted/declined by: 4:00pm, Wednesday 19 October 2022

Perth

Aimed at penultimate year law students, our 4-week program gives you a comprehensive orientation and placements in 2 different practice groups. You'll also get additional training, networking opportunities, and be part of our social activities.   

Program Dates

We run three Clerkship Programs every year:
Summer 1: 21 November 2022 – 16 December 2022
Summer 2: 16 January 2023 – 11 February 2023
Winter: 19 June 2023 – 14 July 2023

Recruitment Dates

Applications open: 27 June 2022
Applications close: 5:00pm, 31 July 2022
Networking Cocktail Evening (for interviewing candidates): August 2022
Interviews: August/September  2022
Offers made: 9:00am, 16 September 2022
Offers must be accepted/declined: 5:00pm, 16 September 2022

Apply now

If you are a current Clayton Utz employee you will need to submit your application internally through Workday. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions on how to do this.

Sydney

Aimed at penultimate year law students, our 11-week week program gives you a week-long orientation and two rotations in different practice areas. You'll also get additional training, networking opportunities and be part of our social/sporting activities. 

Program Dates

We run one Clerkship Program every year:
Summer: 21 November 2022 – 3 February 2023

Recruitment Dates

Applications open: 6 June 2022
Applications close: 10 July 2022
Clerkship Information Night (for interviewing candidates): August 2022
Round 1 Interviews:  August 2022
Round 2 Interviews: September 2022
Networking Cocktail Evening (for interviewing candidates): September 2022
Offers made: 14 September 2022
Offers must be accepted/declined: 15 September 2022

Apply now

If you are a current Clayton Utz employee you will need to submit your application internally through Workday. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions on how to do this.


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