Law Students

How do I apply for a clerkship?

We accept applications from law students in their fourth or penultimate year of study. Please apply through CVmail for our NSW, VIC and WA clerkships. Visit to submit a clerkship application.

How will I be allocated work?

Each clerk is assigned a partner who is responsible for allocating work along with your mentor, a senior lawyer in the group. We encourage clerks to take a proactive approach to sourcing work and building relationships within their practice groups of interest.

How much responsibility will you give me?

From day one clerks are given the opportunity to test their skills. Our clerks can take on more responsibility as they progress through their rotations, getting involved in some really challenging work.

Do Gilbert + Tobin clerks typically work individually or in teams?

Depending on the size of the matter and resourcing required, clerks often work directly with a partner or on larger transactions in bigger teams. Our teams are resourced to allow you greater involvement on a transaction and a higher level of responsibility.

How much partner contact is there? How accessible are the partners?

We have an open-door policy at Gilbert + Tobin. Throughout the clerkship you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with a partner on a transaction. Partners will guide and support you throughout the clerkship and will provide you with ongoing informal and formal feedback at your end-of-rotation review.

What social activities can I get involved in?

There are a number of firm and inter-firm social activities during the clerkship program. Clerks who join us during December will be invited to attend our annual Christmas party and there are also numerous practice group drinks and regular catch-ups over lunch with the People Team, mentors and buddies.

What resources and support will be available to me?

A wide range of resources and support are available to you as a clerk. Our offices are very modern and have excellent facilities. You’ll have access to valuable onsite and online knowledge resources to help you keep up to date with the latest legal developments.

What is the office environment and will I get my own secretary?

Each office is different; clerks are generally placed in workstations or in office-share arrangements with more senior lawyers. You’ll have access to secretarial support to assist you during your clerkship.

Can I contribute to the Pro Bono practice?

Sydney summer clerks can nominate to complete a rotation in our Pro Bono practice group during the clerkship period. In addition, all Sydney clerks are given the opportunity to work on a small pro bono task during their clerkship. Following your clerkship, you’ll be encouraged to take on more pro bono work. Our lawyers work up to 50 hours per person a year on pro bono matters. Work experience may be directly related to your practice area, or you may be asked to represent G+T at community legal centres, Matthew Talbot Homeless Persons Roster, Wyong Outreach Centre or one of many other external community programs.