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Graduate Secretarial Program Clayton Utz is a leading Australian law firm, known for the strength of its independent culture and its confident and engaging approach. With 163 partners and over 1,500 employees across six offices, we continue to build on our reputation for confident, innovative and incisive legal advice.

The Firm is Organised in Fourteen National Practice Groups: ►► Banking & Financial Services ►► Commercial Litigation

With a genuine commitment to client service, we are trusted advisers to a diverse base of private and public sector organisations. Our clients include: many of Australia’s top financial institutions; multinational corporations operating in a range of sectors; States and government agencies. We are also a global leader in providing free legal advice (Pro Bono), with one of the largest such practices outside of the United States. As an independent firm, we have relationships with leading firms around the World. That means our clients can be confident they have access to the best possible advice, wherever and whenever they need it. We offer the sharpest legal minds, the clearest advice, an unshakable sense of what is possible.

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Clayton Utz Expertise

►►Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety

As a full-service commercial law firm, Clayton Utz has lawyers around the country with diverse and broadranging legal experience, across a range of industry sectors. Our strength is our ability to bring together teams of lawyers with the right mix of legal and commercial skills to match our clients’ business needs.

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►►Corporate; M&A; Capital Markets ►► Environment & Planning ►►Forensic & Technology Services ►►IP & Technology ►►Major Projects & Construction ►►Public Sector ►►Real Estate ►►Restructuring & Insolvency ►►Tax ►►Pro Bono

Our Pro Bono and corporate Social Responsibility span all departments.

Community At Clayton Utz we’ve set serious goals for our social responsibility programs to help address disadvantage and support access to justice in the communities in which we work and live. As a part of Clayton Utz, you’ll be encouraged to join in and make a difference. ►►Our partners and employees volunteer time and

co-ordinate resources to assist community organisations through our Community Connect program;

►►the Clayton Utz Foundation has distributed grants of

over $10.8 million to organisations who address disadvantage and facilitate access to justice;

►► our Reconciliation Action Plan commits us to working

with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians to overcome the challenges faced by some First Australians; and

►►environmental sustainability initiatives to minimise our


Volunteers from our Sydney office regularly assist with the Aboriginal Meal program at The Wayside Chapel.

What We Offer Clayton Utz strives to provide a work environment that is professionally and personally rewarding. We believe success comes from striking the right balance between work and leisure time and cultivating a wide range of interests.


Clayton Utz partners and employees volunteer with the Ardoch Youth Foundation’s Literacy Buddies® program, supporting school children in disadvantaged communities in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

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Regardless of practice group or office location, being surrounded by dynamic, ambitious, yet down to earth individuals is ... well, it’s rather refreshing. We’re here for the right reasons and we don’t step on each other’s toes to achieve success. We don’t just talk the talk, we purposefully create the environments for collaboration and we share laughs along the way. This supportive attitude helped us get to where we are today ‒ and can help you get to where you want to be.

A Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

What We Look For

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 key to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people.

Clayton Utz employs a diverse selection of people with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, interests and competencies. We look for people who can contribute new ideas and who take a creative approach to solving problems.

Our Work

►► focused on results and can drive a task or project

Our lawyers work on market-leading transactions and advise a range of top-shelf clients. The work on offer for legal secretaries is also challenging and varied.

►► flexible, with the ability to maintain effectiveness

Balance We understand that our people have families and a life outside work. We support our employees in maintaining a balanced lifestyle and provide a range of sporting and social programs for employees. These include social functions, after-work drinks, sporting activities and community service opportunities.

Outstanding Employee Benefits Our people are our business, so it’s only smart business to invest in you. When you join our outstanding team, you’ll get some outstanding benefits. Whatever challenge you set yourself, you will find all the support you need to grow at Clayton Utz.

Access to Partners and Management Partners and managers are readily accessible to offer advice or assistance when required. Employees are encouraged to set goals and challenge themselves – confident in the knowledge that support is there if needed.

We look for people who are: through to completion;

while adjusting to a changing work environment;

►► learning-oriented, who actively seek new ideas and

different perspectives;

►► adept at building relationships with clients and peers

to achieve goals;

►► natural leaders who can provide guidance, feedback

and direction to individuals.

We value secretaries who are proactive about their careers and the achievement of their work goals and who expect the best from themselves. We are looking for graduates who preferably will have studied the legal elective and who are looking to make a career as a legal secretary in a top-tier law firm. Clayton Utz places great value on learning and development and assists our people in continually developing their knowledge and expertise. We support your learning by offering: ►►an intensive orientation program; ►►a rotation program that allows you to gain experience

working within different legal departments;

►►on-the-job guidance and support from your coach and

senior secretaries within the firm; and


►►in-house professional development opportunities.

We are committed to implementing the latest technology, and recognise the benefits using the most up-to-date systems and processes can deliver to our people and our clients.

People in your team are readily accessible to offer advice or assistance when required. Clayton Utz offers a vibrant work culture. We acknowledge the need for balance and offer a range of sporting, social, health and wellbeing activities. The firm recognises that our people are our greatest resource and we provide stimulating and challenging work, entitlements and conditions which enable us to retain good performers and offer appropriate rewards.

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Life In The Sydney Office We aspire to strike a balance between our life at work and a life outside work. We want our people to be wellrounded and accomplished individuals.

Sport Clayton Utz offers involvement in many different sporting activities. The firm participates in basketball, netball, cricket, soccer, touch football, rugby and volleyball on a regular basis. Teams are also entered in annual events including the BRW Triathlon and the City2Surf. Employees at Clayton Utz maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through organised yoga classes, an association with a city gym and more leisurely sporting activities such as the annual ski trip. There are even football tipping competitions for those who prefer their interest in sport to stay off the field.

Social Our Sydney office has over 700 employees. This may sound a little daunting, but at Clayton Utz, you are given every opportunity to meet new, friendly and interesting people through a range of exciting social events.

Elise Tully Executive Assistant 2009 Graduate The Graduate Secretarial Program at Clayton Utz was a wonderful way to start my working career as a legal secretary. When I started as a Graduate Legal Secretary in 2009, I benefited from developing the skills and knowledge from my mentor secretaries that have helped me in becoming the secretary I am today. The program is really beneficial as you gain experience from meeting and working with a variety of people across all parts of the firm who will guide you along the way. The program has given me so many amazing opportunities, I worked for a well-known real estate partner for 5 years and in 2014 was then promoted to the role of Executive Assistant. I would highly recommend the Graduate Secretarial Program to anyone who wishes to begin their career at a great firm.

Social life at Clayton Utz is not just limited to one or two major events. Throughout the year the firm hosts regular activities including monthly Friday night drinks and nibbles, breakfasts, trivia nights, etc. The biggest event on the social calendar is the annual Christmas party. These activities go towards making the working environment at Clayton Utz unique and exciting. It is the perfect platform to support balanced and motivated employees. In 2004 we opened ‘Café Clutz’ a café and meal area on Level 15 where employees can meet for coffee and grab some lunch.

Culture If you are a dramatist, musician, artist or linguist, do not think that your cultural activities have to end the moment you set foot inside Clayton Utz. Here we take pride in fostering and encouraging our employees in the pursuit of their cultural activities. For example, employees may undertake lunchtime language courses.

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Eileen Ferguson Legal Secretary I have been working as a legal secretary at Clayton Utz for over 30 years and I must say it has been a very enjoyable and rewarding journey. Clayton Utz is like a second home and I have formed many long term friendships with people I have met throughout my years of service. The role is constantly changing due to new technologies and, as a result, I continue to develop a broad range of new skills and knowledge. Clayton Utz also provides the most current technology and software and has the best in-house training facilities in Sydney.

Program Outline We can offer you a great start and the opportunity to build an excellent legal secretarial career at Clayton Utz. We give our graduates a comprehensive orientation program and the support of a coach and buddy to help them grow and develop in their role. This is the beginning of your professional life with Clayton Utz. From the outset, you are part of a team and involved in working closely with partners and lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields. The one year Clayton Utz Graduate Secretarial Program provides a solid basis for your future success and a full understanding of the operations of our firm. After completing the firm induction, graduates are exposed to different areas of the business. These areas include: Accounts Catering Clients & Markets Computer Education Fours legal rotations in different practice areas Information Technology

At the completion of the Program, graduate secretaries will join the Float team and have the opportunity to apply for any vacant legal secretary positions. The Graduate Secretarial Program is both challenging and comprehensive. We provide an environment which will encourage you to extend yourself and expand your knowledge. The Graduate Secretarial Program is carefully planned and designed to ensure that you gain experience in a wide range of areas. Your work at Clayton Utz will allow you to put into practice the knowledge you have acquired at Business College. Under the supervision of a coach (senior secretary) and with the help of a buddy who will be there to provide ongoing support and guidance, you will experience the office environment and culture at Clayton Utz first hand. Up to four graduate secretarial positions are being offered in 2019

Rotations Graduate secretaries will have the opportunity to gain experience by rotating through four diverse practice areas while on the program. At the end of each rotation, you and your coach will review your performance and work on your professional development.

Library Office Services People & Development Reception/Switchboard Records Management

Tash George Legal Secretary 2016 Graduate The Graduate Secretarial Program at Clayton Utz has been very beneficial in my development as a Legal Secretary. The program pairs you with a buddy and a coach who help you throughout your rotations. It also exposes you to different legal practice groups and people within Clayton Utz. I found all the rotations challenging and very rewarding. During my last rotation I had the chance to settle in a permanent position within the Major Projects and Construction Practice Group. I currently work for two partners and six other lawyers. I really enjoy working within my team. I have built strong relationships with the people I work with and continue to develop as a legal secretary. Clayton Utz is a great firm, and I highly recommend the Graduate Secretarial Program.

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Application Process All graduate applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of the Clayton Utz website at

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Applications Open Monday 12 August 2019 Please apply through our website at attaching your CV, covering letter and academic transcript.

Information Session Monday, 19 August 2019 at 3:30pm To confirm your attendance at this information session, please email your name and college to by Wednesday, 15 August.

Applications Close Sunday 25 August 2019 The first stage of the process will be a video interview, which is pre-recorded so it can be completed at a time and in a place convenient to you. The second stage of the process will include a face to face interview and a technical assessment.

Offers Made September 2019 Offers will be subject to completion of 2 reference checks and completion of a satisfactory criminal background check.

Program Commencement February 2020

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Clayton Utz Graduate Secretarial Program Sydney 2019  

This is a great opportunity for Williams Business College graduates to work for one of our most trusted employers.

Clayton Utz Graduate Secretarial Program Sydney 2019  

This is a great opportunity for Williams Business College graduates to work for one of our most trusted employers.