Sydney clerkships

Each year, we invite law students in their penultimate year of study to complete a 9 week summer clerk placement from December to February.

Our Sydney-based summer clerks complete two rotations of four weeks’ each, in any of our practice areas:

  • Banking + Infrastructure
  • Competition + Regulation
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Disputes + Investigations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate and Projects
  • Technology + Digital
  • Pro Bono.

You’ll be introduced to all areas of firm life and get a taste of what it’s like to work in corporate law, including:

  • Your own mentor – a lawyer who’ll help you build relationships within the practice group and learn more about the law in practice
  • Interaction with partners, lawyers and other graduates
  • Practical exposure to legal work
  • Insight into the work undertaken by practice groups.

Aurora Project – Native Title secondment opportunity

Would you like to work as an intern in a Native Title office? The Aurora Project gives two Sydney clerks the opportunity to gain work experience with a Native Title representative body during the winter semester break. This unique initiative is fully funded by the firm and will help you build important personal and professional skills. In the past, our clerks have seconded to the Torres Strait Regional Authority on Thursday Island, Queensland and the Top End Women’s Legal Service in Darwin, Northern Territory.

2019 Sydney application dates

April – June 

Time to start preparing your CV and cover letter

Tuesday 11 June 

Applications open - click here to apply

Sunday 14 July, 11.59pm

Applications close


Super Saturday


Second-round interviews commence

Wednesday 18 September 

Offers made for summer clerkship

Friday 20 September

Offers must be accepted or declined

How it works

At G+T we offer a number of ways for candidates to demonstrate their skills and capabilities through a variety of assessment and interview experiences.

The application form

Complete the online application form via the link above (or direct through Attach your cover letter, resume and academic transcripts. If your semester results aren’t due for release until after the application closing date, be sure to include a note in your application then email your updated transcript as soon as received, to

Online testing + video interview

If your application progresses to the next stage, you’ll receive an email link to complete an online ability test.  

Following testing, successful applicants will be invited via email to participate in a video interview. This will involve a few pre-recorded interview questions, which you can complete via your PC or any mobile device, anywhere you feel comfortable. There’s no preparation required for these and no right or wrong answers!

Super Saturday Selection Day

Upon successful competition of the video interview stage, candidates will be invited to attend Super Saturday. This is a half day event where you will take part in a range of individual and group selection experiences as well as have the opportunity to meet a wide selection of partners, lawyers, graduates and former summer clerks.  

We know this part of any recruitment process can be daunting. To help you prepare, we’ll give you plenty of information so you’ll know exactly what to expect on the day. You’ll also a chance to take a  closer look into life at  G+T at our Summer Clerk Insights Evening, typically held on the Tuesday prior. 

Online testing + second round interviews

Prior to your second interview we’ll ask you to complete the online Occupational Profile Questionnaire, a quick test which identifies your preferred working style and behaviours within a workplace context. You can obtain a copy of your results at the end of the clerkship recruitment process.

Second interviews take place in September during business hours. At your second interview, you’ll meet a representative of the People Team and another partner in your practice area of interest. Following your second interview, you’ll be able to speak with a graduate or junior lawyer. Our People Team will provide you with contact details at the time of your second-round interview.

Pre-offer function

All candidates who reach the final stage of the selection process are invited to attend our pre-offer cocktail party. 

Summer Clerk offers

All offers are made in accordance with the NSW Summer Clerkship Scheme Guidelines. Please visit the Legal Vitae website for more details:

How do I apply for a clerkship?

2019 applications will open on 11 June 2019. Please submit your application through the CVmail job portal. For Sydney clerkship queries, please contact Kristie Barton via

What happens on Super Saturday?

Details coming soon!

What time should I arrive?

More details coming soon! Our address is Level 35, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo. A G+T representative will greet you in our lobby and direct you to reception. Our lobby is located on the north side of Tower Two, entry via Shipwright Walk. (Please note this is a separate lobby from the Westpac lobby on the south side of Tower Two.) The closest train station is Wynyard.

What should I bring?

Please bring an updated copy of your academic transcript (original copy).

What should I wear?

Either a suit or a smart business-casual outfit. Your interviewers will be wearing smart business attire.

How should I prepare for my interview?

We appreciate the interview process can be nerve wracking and we want you to put your best foot forward on the day. Prior to the interview, we recommend you research the firm and your practice areas of interest, and prepare a few questions you’d like to ask the interviewers. Try to speak confidently and clearly throughout the interview and attempt to respond to all interviewers’ questions. Remember – you should do most of the talking at the interview, so be prepared to talk about yourself.

Can I ask questions at the interview?

Yes! The interview is your opportunity to learn more about the firm. Our interviewers welcome questions and are happy to help you get to know us better.

What should I do if I have accessibility issues with any stage of the recruitment process?

Gilbert + Tobin promotes a workplace that seeks to include, welcome and value the contribution of all people. We encourage you to contact Kristie Barton (Clerk + Graduate Program Manager) if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to participate in the recruitment process. Please call (02) 9263 4575 or email