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Clerkship Guide Contents.
02. Dean’s Welcome . 03. 04.
President’s Foreword. Director’s Welcome.
05. What Is A Clerkship? 06.
Firms Offering Summer Clerkships.
Skills Workshops. May Clerkship Seminar Series.
Summer Clerkships: A Practical Guide.
Psychometric Testing: What is it?
Clerkships – Myths and Misconceptions.
16. Firms . 16. 18. 19. 20. 22. 25. 28. 29. 30. 33. 34. 36. 37.
Allens. Ashurst. DLA Piper. Clayton Utz. Gilbert + Tobin. Herbert Smith Freehills. Johnson Winter and Slattery. K&L Gates. King Wood Mallesons. Maddocks. MinterEllison. Thomson Geer. Baker & McKenzie.
38. Notes .
Dean’s Welcome. 2018. Professor Lesley Hitchens Dean -- Faculty of Law
The Summer Clerkship Guide, produced with much hard work by the UTS LawStudents’ Society (LSS), is a great resource. It will give you information about the firms, the process, and tips about how to go about preparing an application. You can also read about the experiences of former summer clerks. Importantly, the Guide will provide you with information about the proper procedures to be followed throughout the entire process. If you are not sure about your plans, then the Guide will still be useful in providing you with information about the type of firms involved and the experience of working in these practices. If you are unsure, it would be good to read the Summer Clerkship Guide alongside the Careers Guide, another valuable resource produced by the LSS, which will give you an insight into the broader range of careers available to a law graduate. I know from my conversations with law firms that UTS:Law students are well regarded. However, the clerkship program is highly competitive and there will be many more applicants than places. But do not be daunted by the level of competition. If you think this is the type of practice that interests you, then put in an application. Just be realistic. Even if you are not successful in obtaining a clerkship, the experience can still be valuable. Preparing your application can help you identify your strengths and refine how you present yourself. Make sure you do your research about the firms you are applying for and examine your own reasons for choosing to apply to each firm. Interviews provide useful practice and experience. They will give you an idea of what is expected at a law interview and a chance for you to see
how you manage the interviewing process. Take time after the interview to reflect on it: what went well, and what could have been improved. Use the tips in this guide as an aid for that reflection (as well as a guide to preparing for the interview). It is important not to be too hard on yourself; we can all look back on interviews and wish we had said something differently! So whether or not you decide to participate in the program, and whether or not you are successful, the clerkship period can assist you to think about the type of career you want and improve your application and interviewing skills. And for those of you who are successful in obtaining a clerkship, the experience will offer you the chance to consider whether this is the career path for you. The clerkship process can be quite an intense experience, and may seem even more so given the competition for positions and current media reporting about the graduate employment market. However, this needs to be kept in perspective. The clerkship program and the firms involved in the program represent only a very small share of the career and employment opportunities for law graduates. There are many other career opportunities, but you need to seek them out. The LSS and the NSW Law Society’s legalvitae site may help give you an idea. Graduate employment for law is well above the national average for all disciplines. So, if you think a summer clerkship is for you, go ahead and apply. Enjoy the experience: learn from it, and keep it in perspective. And finally, good luck with the process.
President’s Foreword. 2018. Katya Shliapnikoff UTS Law Students’ Society President 2018
Penultimate students, the time for summer clerkship applications is here! The UTS LSS Clerkship Guide is here to answer all your questions and help you put your best food forward in the clerkship application process. In the following pages you will find tips and tricks from students who survived and thrived during their clerkships, detailed profiles on a number of available firms, and tips for the development your cover letters, curricula vitae, and preparing for interviews and psychometric testing. Whilst the clerkship process is highly competitive, I encourage you to be confident in your abilities and know that the legal education you have received at UTS:Law has prepared you well. Maximize your potential by giving yourself plenty of time to prepare, structuring your application towards your strengths, refining and personalising your CV and cover letter, and using your words wisely. Lastly, this time can be very stressful. Remember to look after yourself! You are also encouraged to take advantage of the UTS LSS Careers events throughout May to ensure you are in the best possible position whilst applying. The UTS LSS hosts a number of events to assist you in your application process: Skills Workshops are your chance to learn the skills you’ll need to succeed in the clerkship process from the very firms who will be reviewing these applications. From how
to write your CV and cover letter, to shining in your interview, developing your commercial acumen and perfecting your personal brand, the UTS LSS is committed to priming you for clerkships. As part of our Clerkship Seminar Series throughout May, firm representatives (HR, past summer clerks, current graduates and partners) will give an hour-long presentation on their firm, including culture, values and opportunities for clerks and graduates and answer any questions you may have. The Clerkship Seminar Series culminates in the Clerkship Networking Evening on the 16th May 2018, the perfect opportunity to practice your networking skills in preparation for firm cocktail evenings, clear up any final questions and get to know the firm before applications are submitted. I would like to thank our UTS LSS Careers (Publications) Director, Grace Wade, for her outstanding work and the UTS LSS Careers Publications Sub-Committee, Grayson Gay, Victoria James, Sabrina Ebrahimi, Katherine Spasich, Eugenia Alabasinis and Phoebe Armstrong, for their relentless hard work in producing the Clerkship Guide. I also extend my thanks to the UTS LSS Vice-President (Careers), Jackson Kang, for his constant support and coordination. Finally, this Guide would not have been possible without our many contributors and the support of our sponsoring firms. Wishing you the best of luck as you embark on this challenging and rewarding journey!
The UTS LSS is proud to present to you the 2018 Clerkship Guide. Grace Wade UTS LSS Careers (Publications) Director
We know that the summer clerkship application process can be daunting. We hope that this guide helps you make informed choices and arms you with the tools you need to make your application the best it can be. Within this guide you will find tips and tricks from past clerks to help you perfect your application, important dates in the application period and a range of resources to help you find the organization that resonates with you. Each firm offers something different – international exposure, practice areas, technology and innovation… the list goes on. Whilst the process can be intimidating, the summer clerkship experience is extremely rewarding, allowing you to gain valuable skills in the industry, putting skills from the classroom to practice in a workplace setting, and helping you figure out whether corporate law is the path for you. Remember that this is a learning experience. Make the most of it! Lastly, look after yourself! The Clerkship process can be overwhelming at times. Remember to take time out and keep things in perspective. There are many routes to a career in the law – clerkships are not the be all and end all. Law students are an incredibly diverse group – and their careers reflect this. I’d like to thank the incredible sub-committee – Grayson Gay, Victoria James, Katherine Spasich, Sabrina Ebrahimi, Eugenia Alabasinis, and Phoebe Armstrong for their ongoing hard work and invaluable assistance. I’d also like to thank Jackson Kang, Jonathan Hetherington, and Katya Shliapnikoff for their support and oversight. Best of luck with the clerkship application process, and with your future career, whichever road you take to get there.
What Is A Clerkship?
Clerkships are internships offered by participating law firms to university students. They are designed to provide university students with work experience and training in different legal practice areas, and to give greater insight into the legal profession. Throughout their clerkships, students receive technical training and support, which will help them make more informed career decisions.
Generally, clerkships are held over the summer break in NSW between December and February. Students in their penultimate year are eligible to apply. These programs vary in length and run anywhere between 4-15 weeks. Many of the firms use clerkships as the first stage of their graduate recruitment process and summer clerks are often offered graduate and paralegal positions at the conclusion of their clerkship. The 2018 NSW Summer Clerkship program is coordinated by the Law Society of New South Wales, with each participating law firm running its own separate application process. More information about the clerkship program, dates and the contact details for each firm can be found on the Law Society’s website.
Law firms specialise in various practice areas such as commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, property law and intellectual property law, and each has different acceptance criteria. It is recommended that students conduct extensive research on the firm before applying for a clerkship, in order to understand a firm’s culture, ensure that they meet the selection criteria, and choose a law firm whose goals align with their future aspirations. When selecting students most suitable for the role, law firms will consider students’ academic achievements in conjunction with their practical experience and involvement in extracurricular activities such as clubs and societies, sports, mooting and volunteering. For those students who do not obtain a clerkship or are not interested in commercial law, there are a number of alternative avenues available. These opportunities include unpaid internships at Community Legal Centres, paid or unpaid work experience at boutique or mid-tier law firms, as well as graduate recruitment opportunities.
The clerkship process is very competitive. Each year, approximately 1200 students apply to Sydney’s leading law firms. Generally, each leading law firm only accepts 20 applicants, however, this number can fluctuate. It is not uncommon for a law firm to recruit up to 40 clerks one year and the next year to only choose 15 clerks. Due to these trends, some students may opt to look for clerkships interstate, where there may be more opportunities including federal government internships in Canberra. Due to the highly competitive nature of the process, it is vital that students approach the application process in a prepared and professional manner.
Firms Offering Summer Clerkships. In 2018.
ALLEN & OVERY
ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER
BIRD & BIRD
CLYDE & CO
CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH
DLA PIPER AUSTRALIA
GILBERT + TOBIN
HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS
INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSION
JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY
KING & WOOD MALLESONS
for summer clerkships must be
LANDER & ROGERS
accepted or declined by 5.00pm.
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
DATES SET OUT BY THE NSW LAW SOCIETY: Monday 18 June - Applications for summer clerkships open. Sunday 15 July - Applications for summer clerkships close at 11:59pm, but some firms specify an earlier closing time. You should check the precise closing time of the firm you are interested in. Wednesday 26 September Offers for summer clerkships can be made. Friday 28 September - Offers
Our series of Skills Workshops have been specially tailored to develop your soft skills and guide you through the clerkship application process and beyond! Attend one (or all) of our workshops to hear the tips and tricks of the trade from firm representatives. Keep an eye out for the locations of these events on the Skills Workshops page on our website under the Careers tab, or on the UTS LSS Facebook Events. Light refreshments will be provided.
ALLENS PERSONAL BRANDING WORKSHOP What is in a name? This workshop will teach you how to maximise your personal brand and put your best foot forward in the early stages of your career, including insider hints and tips to gain a competitive advantage in the clerkship process.
DATE: MONDAY 21ST OF MAY TIME: 1:00PM – 2:30 PM
MINTERELLISON CV & COVER LETTER WRITING WORKSHOP What should you put in your CV and cover letter? How long should it be? This workshop deals with any questions you might have in drafting your cover letters and ensuring that your CV rises to the top of the pile!
DATE: TUESDAY 22ND OF MAY TIME: 10:30 AM TO 12:00 PM
ASHURST INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP This interactive workshop will be run by representatives from Ashurst and will provide you all of the tips and tricks to prepare you for the interview process. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions that you have and network with professionals attending the workshop. If you have any questions about these events please contact Ravi Dutta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE: WEDNESDAY 23RD OF MAY TIME: 1:00PM – 2:30 PM
May Clerkship Seminar Series.
The UTS LSS presents the 2018 Clerkship Seminar Series! The Clerkship Seminar Series is a collection of seminars run by a range of commercial law firms presenting their 2018 Summer Clerkship Program. The seminars are designed to provide an insight into the clerkship process, what each firm looks for in prospective applicants, as well as the general culture of working in a commercial firm. If you are considering applying for a clerkship in June 2018, then these seminars should not be missed! You will not only learn more about the clerkship process and firm requirements, but have the invaluable opportunity to meet and network with representatives from the attending firms. Law students of all ages who are interested in learning more about the clerkship process are also welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions about these events please contact Ravi Dutta at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY: 11:00 am: King & Wood Mallesons 2:30 pm: Corrs Chambers Westgarth
THURSDAY 3RD MAY: 11:00 am: Ashurst
MONDAY 7TH MAY: 2:30 pm: MinterEllison
TUESDAY 8TH MAY: 11:00 am: Clayton Utz
THURSDAY 10TH MAY: 11:00 am: Herbert Smith Freehills 2:30 pm: Jones Day
MONDAY 14TH MAY: 11:00 am: Baker McKenzie 2:30 pm: Allens
WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY: UTS LSS CLERKSHIP NETWORKING EVENIING Time: 6:00-10:00pm Location: UTS Aerial Function Center Dress Code: Business Attire
Summer Clerkships: A Practical Guide.
DEADLINES: Most law firms subscribe to the Clerkship Program Key Dates set by the NSW Law Society. The dates for New South Wales are listed below:
18 June 2018: Applications for summer clerkships open 15 July 2018: Applications for summer clerkships close at 11:59pm. 26 September 2018: Offers for summer clerkships can be made. 28 September 2018: Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm.
APPLICATION PROCESS: COVER LETTERS As the saying goes, always put your best foot forward. Your cover letter is usually what recruiters will look at first, so take the opportunity to make a good first impression. It’s very important that you don’t just regurgitate your CV. Instead, clearly articulate why it is you are applying to that particular firm, and why you are different from the ocean of other applicants vying for the same position. Make it obvious that you have chosen that firm for a reason - pick something specific, such as their exposure to particular areas of law that interest you, or the opportunity to move overseas within the firms through their international offices. It is always a good idea to include a sentence or two about yourself that does not involve the law. This helps the recruiters gauge your personality outside of the world of law, and determine whether you are the right cultural fit for their firm. Hot tip: “If you have an interesting hobby or have been involved in something fun at University, then don’t forget to include this in your application. Law firms are looking for unique and diverse individuals not robots.” – Dasha Konnova (Linklaters summer clerk 2017/18)
CV Recruiters have to carefully assess thousands of CV’s every clerk season, so keep it clear, organised and concise. If you’re stuck for how to approach layout, check out the UTS Careers Website and CareerHub for helpful resources and information on how to meet with a Recruitment Advisor. You want your CV to be succinct and high-impact, so always introduce your strongest selling points first and avoid being unnecessarily descriptive. Two pages is a good target for length, though slightly longer can be okay. Some firms have strict restrictions on page length, so make sure you check their requirements first. QUESTION RESPONSES First and foremost, check your grammar and ensure that there are no errors or typo. Recruiters are looking at your ability to express yourself, and a silly mistake can really impact their impression of you. Second, do your research. Firms can tell when you copy and paste your responses
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from one application to another, so get started early and invest some time into tailoring your answers to suit the firm’s individual values, strengths, and goals. Finally, be genuine. Don’t just emulate passages from their website, provide a personal insight or opinion where you can. Hot tip: “Remember that sometimes less is more. It is a lot harder to write a concise cover letter or application that has all the relevant information than to plug in sentences that you think make you ‘look smart’. Being able to synthesise content in a meaningful way displays a commercial mindset that all firms look for in a candidate.” – Dasha Konnova (Linklaters summer clerk 2017/18) PSYCHOMETRIC/APTITUDE TESTING Increasingly, law firms are utilising methods such as psychometric and aptitude testing as a way to indicate problem solving and analytic skills. While these tests can be daunting, try to think of it as another opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. Different firms use different tests, but a few of the more common ones are the verbal reasoning test, the critical thinking test, and the Watson Glaser test. Half the challenge is becoming familiar with the style of questioning, so make sure to do a few practices before you take the real thing. Here are some links to free online practice tests: Watson Glaser: http://www.pearsonvue.com/phnro/wg_practice.pdf Hot tip: “Psychometrics - Practice practice practice. Never take the tests if you’re unfamiliar with their general formats. Keep in mind that Revelian stores your results for a whole year and you can only take the test once in that period!” – Bart Dziubinski (Herbert Smith Freehills summer clerk 2017/18)
INTERVIEW So you have been asked for an interview! How can you ensure that you are going to blow their socks off? There are a few pointers that will help to ensure that you impress when you finally meet face-to-face with the recruiters and employees of the firm.
Verbal Reasoning: https://careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/uk/grads/ test-run Critical Thinking: https://www.testpartnership.com/free/critical/1/
1. Be prepared. This is a no-brainer. Get to know the firm inside out. Their values, the work they do and their culture.
Hot tip (1): “In your applications and interviews try and demonstrate a broad interest in commercial law. Don’t be scared to be interested in more than one area.” – Marcela Malicka (King Wood Mallesons summer clerk 2017/18)
2. Know who you are. This one seems obvious, but often students are so caught up on memorising the law firm website or their current deals, that they forget the little things like to re-read their application before the interview. Know the firm, but also brush up on a few things about yourself that you can talk about. For example, think about some experiences you easily can draw on in an interview to demonstrate certain skills or strengths you have. 3. Prepare some questions to ask them. The interviewers want to know that you have a genuine interest in their firm, so make sure you have a few questions up your sleeve to put to them throughout the interview. For example: What is the approximate size of most teams within a practice group at your firm? Does your firm offer international secondments? 4. Take a breath. Literally. Before every answer you give, even if you have prepared a response to that exact question, take a moment to really consider what they are asking and the best way to approach a response. Rushing your response leaves you looking nervous, flushed and disorganised. 5. Be yourself. Corny, I know. But one of the most common complaints of recruiters is when interviewees tell them only what they think the recruiters want to hear, rather than being honest. Obviously, present yourself as eager and professional, but if they ask you a question about your hobbies or interests, keep it light and don’t turn every single sentence into a spiel about commercial law.
Hot tip (2): “In the interview context, try to have three parts to any answer. If you are asked the question of ‘why X law firm?’ then be prepared to give 3 non-generic reasons. This will ensure that you remain concise and clear and don’t carry on. They will ask you to elaborate if they require more detail.” – Dasha Konnova (Linklaters summer clerk 2017/18)
Psychometric testing: What Is It?
WHAT IS PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING? The term “Psychometric testing” actually refers to a vari-
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS Aptitude tests
ety of tests – and firms will use different styles of testing. As a general rule, these tests look at mental abilities and behavioural style. They are not IQ tests.
Aptitude tests are designed to measure work-related cognitive capabilities. They are structured in a way that only 1-5% of the population can solve all the questions within the given time frame.5 These tests assess:
WHY IS IT USED? Firms often use psychometric testing to: Measure your suitability for the role Identify hidden characteristics and abilities Inform questions for interviews Work out a development plan during employment The weight that is placed on the results varies between law firms. WHICH FIRMS USE IT? Several law firms use psychometric testing as part of their clerkship application process. These include: King & Wood Mallesons Clayton Utz - logical ability assessment via psychometric testing provider, TalentQ1 PwC - online aptitude test2 Herbert Smith Freehills - occupational personality questionnaire3 MinterEllison - numerical, verbal, and abstract reasoning tests4 This is not a complete list. Check the firms’ website to see whether their application process involves psychometric testing.
Abstract reasoning: the ability to quickly recognise relationships, trends and patterns in organisational data, such as identifying and predicting the next shapes in a logical pattern. Verbal reasoning: these test your ability to read passages of information, identify correct statements; and logically condense it into a simpler form. Numerical reasoning. These measure numerical reasoning skills, including the ability to quickly recognise relevant issues from numerical data e.g. graphs, tables, and charts. These tests DO NOT assess mathematical capabilities. Personality tests These tests are designed to assess behavioural styles, personality characteristics, opinions and attitudes. Typically, this involves measuring an individual’s attributes against the firm’s core values and culture in order to work out whether someone will be a ‘good match’.6 Questions often involve selecting the extent to which you agree with a statement, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. E.g. I like to work independently 1. Strongly disagree 2. Disagree 3. Neutral 4. Agree 5. Strongly agree HOW TO PREPARE 1. Find out what different law firms are looking for in candidates, such as desirable attributes and values. This information is often available in the job description. Alternatively, ask recruitment staff. 2. Familiarise yourself with the different types of psychometric tests and the styles of questions that the
firms youâ€™re applying to use. Check their website, or speak to experienced clerks. 3 . PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE: There are a variety of practice tests available online: see www. psychometricinstitute.com.au. 4. Ensure your mental and physical wellbeing is strong, by making sure you eat well and get lots of sleep before the day of your assessment. 5. Strengthen your numerical, logical reasoning and verbal reasoning skills. This can be achieved by reading widely and revising how to interpret charts, graphs and tables.7
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Clerkships – Myths and Misconceptions.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions that go around about clerkships, but what are firms really interested in?
MYTH Law firms won’t hire me because… I don’t have a high distinction average
BUSTED “We don’t have a grade cut off. We look at individuals applications holistically, taking into consideration a number of factors such as education, work experience and extracurricular activities, amongst others. How do you typically spend your time? Do you keep yourself busy and have interests outside the law?” - Lauren Kay (Graduate Resourcing Consultant, Allens)
“We are looking for a well-rounded student; grades are only one dimension. A High Distinction or Distinction average is not a pre-requisite.” - Joanne Dean (HR Manager - National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
Law firms won’t offer me a clerkship because… I’m in my final year
“Some students may miss out on applying for a clerkship in their penultimate year due to going on exchange or any other personal circumstance. A lot of firms will accept clerkship applications (and hire summer clerks) who are final year law students. It is a good idea to address in your application form why you were unable to apply for, or complete, a clerkship in your penultimate year. If you are successful in obtaining a clerkship, you may need to be flexible as to when you commence as a graduate, given most firms hire their graduate intake in advance from their previous summer clerkship cohorts.” - Kellie Mildred (People & Development Advisor [Graduates], King & Wood Mallesons)
I won’t get a clerkship because… I didn’t do well in my first year of university.
“We understand studying Law is challenging we like to see a progression in your grades. If your grades are not strong in your first year we recommend you acknowledge this in your application and we will want to see how they have improved over time.” - Joanne Dean (HR Manager, National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
Law firms won’t hire me because… I have never won a moot.
We look for and recruit individuals who have demonstrated initiative, shown excellence, are commercially minded, exhibit flexibility and show commitment in what they do. Students can’t do everything, and we wouldn’t expect them to either. Mooting, law societies and work experience outside the law aren’t for everyone, and that’s what makes us unique.” - Lauren Kay (Graduate Resourcing Consultant, Allens)
“We are looking for students who have a diverse range of extra-curricular activities; mooting and/or winning is not essential.” - Joanne Dean (HR Manager, National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
Law firms won’t be “At Ashurst we value retail and hospitality experience. We believe that you will learn many interested in me because… transferable skills in non-legal roles which are essential to being a successful commercial I don’t have any experience lawyer.” as a paralegal. - Joanne Dean (HR Manager, National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
BUSTED “It is not necessary for our clerks to have had previous experience working in a law firm. We provide comprehensive training via a structured program where clerks learn through a combination of hands-on experience, training and coaching and observation” - Karolina Lisowski (People and Development Manager, Thomson Geer)
I’m at a disadvantage because… I’ve never been a part of Law Society.
“We are looking for students who have a diverse range of extra-curricular activities. Law Society participation is not essential.”
Law firms don’t want to hear about… my passions and interests. They only care about my grades.
“We want to get to know you as a person and are very interested in your passions outside of the law. It is important to be balanced. Many of our staff engage in unique and interesting activities outside of work.“
- Joanne Dean (HR Manager, National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
- Joanne Dean (HR Manager, National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
“Good grades are only the start. To ensure you are a good fit culturally with our firm, we do want to hear about your interests outside of your studies…whether it be work, leisure or community interests” - Karolina Lisowski (People and Development Manager, Thomson Geer)
Law firms won’t offer me a clerkship because… my only work experience is in retail/hospitality.
“It really doesn’t matter whether you’ve had legal work experience or whether your only experience is waitressing, tutoring, working at McDonalds or stacking shelves at Coles. Many summer clerks have never stepped foot in a corporate environment before. We are interested to learn more about you and what skills you have learnt from all your past experiences. You’d be surprised at how many important and valuable skills there are to be gained from working in retail and hospitality, which are very relevant to life in a commercial law firm!” - Kellie Mildred (People & Development Advisor [Graduates], King & Wood Mallesons)
“At Ashurst we value retail and hospitality experience. We believe that you will learn many transferable skills in non-legal roles which are essential to being a successful commercial lawyer.” - Joanne Dean (HR Manager, National Graduate Program, Ashurst)
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CLERKSHIP PROGRAM 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.
GRADUATE PROGRAM It’s not just about wearing a suit. There’s always a gap between theory and practice, and post-university prospects can be daunting. How do you make the leap to working in the industry?
That’s where we come in. Once you’ve completed your studies, our national Graduate Program gives you the perfect foundation for your legal career. Our 2.5 week orientation program is designed to ensure that you’ll hit the ground running. It consists of PLT+, local training and a national orientation week in Sydney. Our rotations will help you discover different areas and find the right fit. From day one you’ll be working on complex and sophisticated legal issues, and with our innovative learning and development approach, you’ll get the support to become the best you can be.
You’ll get… • Three rotations of six months in our national practice groups • continuing legal education programs and professional development support • mentoring from some of the best lawyers in the country • a buddy who’ll give you the inside information
• the chance to participate in our Community Connect and Pro Bono programs and really give back
• meaningful performance feedback so you know you’re on • social and sporting activities, because we know it’s not the right track all work and no play.
We hire most of our Graduates from our Clerkship Programs. Occasionally, additional opportunities may arise. These opportunities will be listed on our website.
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My vacation clerkship
JULIAN VERTOUDAKIS VACATION CLERK 2016/2017
Training and development
When you arrive as a fresh-faced clerk in December, the festive season is well and truly underway at Herbert Smith Freehills. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to have fun with your new colleagues and bond with your fellow clerks. Highlights include the firm-wide and practice group Christmas functions, the clerk cruise, inter-firm sport, and fun BYO dinners at questionable CBD dumpling houses.
Herbert Smith Freehills really values the training and development of young talent. Opportunities you’ll have to learn and develop your skills include:
One thing I never expected was how seriously lawyers take their costumes. Don’t be intimidated by the array of weird and wonderful characters you’ll encounter at themed events – you and your clerk buddies will have your own awesome gear to show off.
Herbert Smith Freehills really values the training and development of young talent.
Herbert Smith Freehills occupies a high position in the directories and the collective student imagination, but those weren’t the only reasons I decided to join the firm. I was also looking for a place which genuinely values developing its people and has a sense of humour – friends of mine who had been clerks highly recommended the experience, so needless to say I was keen on joining Herbert Smith Freehills from the outset. The final selling point was actually having the opportunity to meet people from the firm at various stages of the process. The firm has a uniquely relaxed approach to its interviews, which are conversational and conducted oneon-one rather than behavioural or by panel. All the people made me feel welcome and the firm really seemed like a place where people took their professional work seriously, but were personable and always willing to have a laugh.
If you have absolutely no idea what area of law you want to work in, the clerkship is perfect for you. I was placed into Employment, Pensions and Incentives during my first rotation and Environment, Planning and Communities during my second. Despite having no prior knowledge or experience in these areas, I soon developed a working understanding of them and thoroughly enjoyed the learning process. Both groups work with highly specialised legislative frameworks, and so they undertake a mix of transactional, advisory and litigious work. As a clerk, this meant that I was given lots of different tasks, including legal research, helping to draft advice, correspondence, witness statements and court documents, as well as assisting with relevant aspects of due diligence. Highlights of my time in both groups include being a part of meetings with a pro bono client about to appear in the Fair Work Commission, presenting on updates to planning law, attending judgment for a regulatory prosecution in the Land and Environment Court, and taking a trip to Newcastle with my team to meet with environmental regulators for a client. These were fantastic learning opportunities that gave me an exciting insight into what commercial lawyers do on a daily basis.
••Attendance at graduate training
videoconferences. I was able to attend training on exciting topics such as Workplace Health and Safety (an introduction to the model legislation) and Cross-border Employment Law (a primer on employment law in the Asia-Pacific region and common issues that arise when employers operate in multiple jurisdictions);
••Frequent presentations about the firm’s
different practice groups and various matters of commercial relevance. These are really useful for getting a sense of where you might want to rotate in the future and the firm’s view on technological developments (which for me included blockchain and cybersecurity);
••Participation in the ‘developmental exercise’
early in the clerkship. This entails being given a fictional scenario and three hours to fire off a memo to a partner who you’ll later present to with another clerk. While it’s challenging, you’ll have experienced giving advice under pressure and received some great feedback. Don’t stress – the exercise isn’t there to judge whether you make the cut to receive a graduate position, but to give you an opportunity to identify both your strengths and some areas in which you can improve; and
••Allocation of a coach (an experienced
lawyer) and a buddy (a graduate). These are the people who are there to help when you don’t even know where to begin on a task. Everyone is genuinely interested in your learning and development, and in my experience always took the time to explain the factual and legal context of a matter even if it wasn’t needed to perform the task at hand.
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We offer a range of summer and winter clerkships across our Australian offices. If you have queries about graduate or vacation clerk positions, please visit our website: careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/au/grads/ vacation-clerkships or contact one of our graduate recruitment team.
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At Maddocks, we are looking for people who want to make a difference. Since 1885, we have assisted our clients in matters of importance to them, engaged with the communities in which we operate by supporting organisations and individuals who need assistance, and to invest in our people as they pursue their career goals. Our approach has led to a sustained period of growth and expansion. Find out how you can join Maddocks and make a difference at graduates.maddocks.com.au
Describe a successful MinterEllison candidate At MinterEllison we are not looking for people to fit a mould. Academics are just one piece of the puzzle, and we recognise the strength that diversity can bring to a team. Work experience, extra-curricular activities, sporting participation, music and travel are all important qualities to us. At MinterEllison we want you to bring your whole self to work, individual strengths and diversity is what builds our teams up to be the successes they are. For MinterEllison, an outstanding applicant will know their application inside and out and be confident in their responses. They need to have considered what business acumen means for them and be able to provide real life examples to the questions with which they are presented. A strong applicant has a desire to get to know, not just the business, but also the people at the firm, why they are there, and what they enjoy about MinterEllison.
What can a successful candidate expect at MinterEllison?
How does the firm support continuous personal and professional growth?
Be more than just a technically excellent lawyer
At MinterEllison, your ongoing professional development is key to being our clients’ best partner. We have a distinctive learning culture, where all of our people are encouraged to be their own career architect – learning through experience, exposure to others and program participation.
MinterEllison is committed to providing you with the tools to become a top-tier lawyer. You will be empowered to become a technical thinker and truly commercial advisor, enabling you to utilise your business acumen every time you interact with clients.
Achieve early success through fast tracked career opportunities At MinterEllison we understand that our people are our greatest asset. We have invested heavily in understanding how best to capitalise on the unique and diverse range of expertise that our people bring to the firm and have designed a range a development programs to help you accelerate your career.
Become your clients’ best partner By empowering you to work outside the office, you will have genuine opportunities to work hand in glove with clients, and build enduring relationships both locally and internationally.
Create innovative solutions for clients With our solution focus, we understand that all of our clients have a unique business and to solve their problems in real time we need to be innovative in everything that we do. You will be challenged to think outside the box by a firm that embraces new ideas.
Gain broad exposure through a flexible graduate program We are committed to ensuring that you have the all the information you need to make the right decision about where to focus your career. Our program is designed to give you the critical experiences necessary to become a well-rounded lawyer.
During your career with us you will be exposed to great work with top-class clients whilst being surrounded by supportive teams who are experts in their fields. This experience and exposure provides you with a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop yourself and others throughout your career. Our milestone programs target Graduates, Associates and Senior Associates. All programs offer current thought leadership, focused capability development and networking. Our learning offer is tailored to ensure our people realise their potential, think like leaders and take responsibility for building their own careers. All development is focused around our MinterEllison career framework and development guides.
What is the firm’s position on diversity and inclusion? We believe diversity is about creating a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity regardless of background, ethnicity, disability, gender, faith, sexual orientation or family structures. Diversity and inclusiveness are at the core of our values and we firmly believe our people should be able to bring their whole self to work. We are committed to leveraging the advantage of a diverse and inclusive workforce and actively promote an inclusive work culture through our Empower Program, our Pride Respect & Inclusion at MinterEllison (PRiME) network as well as numerous internal training sessions and related resources.
Key Dates Applications open 18 June 2018 Applications close 5.00pm 15 July 2018 Offers made 26 September 2018
Lines of Business 1. Capital Markets & Corporate 2. Risk, Regulatory, Insurance & Controversy 3. Infrastructure, Construction & Property 4. Consulting Solutions
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You should consider a career at MinterEllison if: Your passion for excellence leads you
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yourself partnering with clients to truly understand their needs You’re looking for a firm with a clear strategy You want to feel empowered and be part of a high performing team Collaboration and inclusiveness are principles you value You’re a game changer – you think outside the box and embrace new ideas
About the MinterEllison graduate and clerkship launch program
What makes MinterEllison a Game Changer?
The MinterEllison graduate and clerkship launch program is critical to our firm for three reasons. First, the market has changed, companies don’t recognise borders the same way they used to, neither should your career. Secondly we know that graduates entering the job market today have unique career expectations – and we have listened. Lastly the future of legal practice is moving very quickly and we need to be agile to ensure we continue grow as a firm and that our talented people are able to future proof their career.
At MinterEllison our aspiration is to be our clients’ best partner. Last year, MinterEllison introduced a new internal structure whereby the firm operates under four Lines of Business. This unique and market facing structure provides opportunity for greater collaboration across the firm and ensures that we are able to seamlessly service clients with our solutions-based approach.
Prior to the launch program we will work closely with you to identify areas of the law that you are passionate about. Throughout the launch program we will ensure you gain experience in practice areas, within our Lines of Business, that match your interests and that fit with your career goals. Successful candidates get the opportunity for real life work experience, a supervising partner, career mentor, and a buddy. Our launch program is filled with challenging and exciting work, support and mentorship, as well as professional and personal growth – all the while having the opportunity to develop new networks and friendships. Candidates who complete a launch program often take on the opportunity to continue with MinterEllison in a flexible role throughout their final year of study. Following the launch program, MinterEllison graduates are able to fast-track their full time career in a Line of Business that aligns with their career objectives. MinterEllison’s agile program also provides the flexibility for graduates to move between practice areas and Lines of Business while they are looking for the area of law that they wish to pursue.
This operating model also encourages a broad career path for our people, with increased opportunities to work across multiple practice areas our lawyers have the opportunity to develop a breadth of skills that will future proof their career. MinterEllison lives and breathes the mantra of Innovate, Collaborate, and Inspire; we think beyond the law and apply a commercial approach and creative thinking to some of the region’s most high-profile transactions, projects and disputes.
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ARRIVE... A LARGE AUSTRALIAN CORPORATE LAW FIRM WHY CHOOSE US? We know you’re not just a student on work experience. We want to give you a realistic introduction to the legal profession. How does this happen? From day one, you’ll be an active member of the team, working directly with experienced practitioners. We also want you to enjoy your time with us – there are lots of social events you can join – and what better way for you to get to know your colleagues?
DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS TO SET YOU UP FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE We will dedicate time to your development as an up and coming lawyer in our team: an investment in you is an investment in our future, and the future of our valued clients. You will find that our partners and staff are approachable and happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. We encourage our clerks, graduates and trainees to get as much exposure to different practice areas and ways of working as they can – this is a reflection of how we work as a wider organisation; a fully integrated, cohesive, national team.
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OUR CLERKSHIP & GRADUATE PROGRAM We are looking for law students who have excelled academically, are client focused, commercially minded, and work well in a team environment. We are especially keen to talk to students who have an additional technical degree! Our structured four week program helps clerks learn through a combination of hands-on experience, training, coaching and observation. Students who complete a clerkship are eligible to be considered for a position in our next graduate program, commencing in 2020. This program runs for 12 months and includes rotation among different practice areas to help determine the area of law which best suits you.
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Clerkship Guide 2018
The Clerkship Guide is a must-read if you are considering applying for a Summer Clerkship during your degree. The guide provides students w...
Published on May 15, 2018
The Clerkship Guide is a must-read if you are considering applying for a Summer Clerkship during your degree. The guide provides students w...