CU Up Close

CU Up Close is a unique development opportunity for students in their pre-penultimate year of study.  The program offers an opportunity to develop your practical skills and knowledge, whilst exposing you to commercial law and potential career opportunities within Clayton Utz.

CU Up Close features three sessions:

  • Practice Group overview
  • Legal Research & Day in the Life of a Lawyer
  • Career Opportunities and behind the scenes with our graduates

How can I apply?

To apply for CU Up Close, you will fill out a short application highlighting your work experience and education while answering a few questions. Please refer to application dates.  Relevant location links and apply now information will be updated shortly. 

Recruitment Dates
Applications open: 14 March 2022
Applications close: 3 April 2022
Offers made: end April 2022
Program commences: 3 May 2022


Program Dates (Brisbane & Sydney)
Session 1: Tuesday, 3 May 2022 (4pm - 5pm)
Session 2: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 (4pm - 6pm)
Session 3: Tuesday, 17 May 2022 (4pm - 6pm)
Keeping in touch event: exact date to be announced

Program Dates (Melbourne & Perth)
Session 1: Wednesday, 4 May 2022 (4pm - 5pm)
Session 2: Wednesday, 11 May 2022 (4pm - 6pm)
Session 3: Wednesday, 18 May 2022 (4pm - 6pm)
Keeping in touch event: exact date to be announced

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Jack Lofgren, CU Up Close participant (Brisbane – 2021)

"Over the past few months I have been grateful to participate in a three part Masterclass Series run by Clayton Utz. This opportunity allowed me to refine my skills in legal research, develop an understanding of commercial law and clients at Clayton Utz, and to network with those in the Graduate Program.

Speaking to the graduates was a highlight of the series as it provided an opportunity for me to learn about their path to Clayton Utz, what their day at work looks like and I received some much needed answers to the many questions on my mind.

I would like to thank Alicia Pasquini and everyone else who helped make this program possible. I would highly recommend this opportunity to any law students with an interest in commercial law."


Am I eligible to apply?

I am a pre-penultimate year student (expected Graduation in 2024 or beyond) – Yes

I am a penultimate year student (expected Graduation in 2023) – Unfortunately you are not eligible for CU Up Close – however we strongly encourage you to apply for one of our clerkship programs. See our clerkship page for more information.

I am a final year student (expected Graduation in 2022) – Unfortunately you are not eligible for CU Up Close – however we consider final year students on a case by case basis for our clerkship programs. See our clerkship page for more information.

If I am unsuccessful, should I still apply for a clerkship the following year?

Absolutely – Unfortunately CU Up Close has a limited number of spots available and is a competitive process. If you were unsuccessful in applying for CU Up Close, we strongly encourage you apply for one of our seasonal clerkship programs.

What will I need to do as part of the application process?

Our online application consists of basic information about your education and work experience. You will have the option to upload your résumé to assist with making the application process quicker (and strongly recommend you do so). The system will transfer general information from your résumé into the relevant screens, and you only have to check it has transferred accurately and fill in any blanks. In addition to the basic information, you will need to upload your most recent academic results. We do not require a cover letter, however, we do ask a series of short questions in lieu of the cover letter.

Will the sessions be in person or virtual?

We are planning on running in person sessions, however we will move to a virtual model dependant on COVID-19 restrictions at the time in each location.


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