Careers

Sydney clerkships

Each year, we invite law students in their penultimate year of study to complete a 10-week summer clerk placement from December to February.

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

  • Banking + Infrastructure
  • Competition + Regulation
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate and Projects
  • Technology, Media + Telecommunications
  • 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.

2017 Sydney application dates

April – June 

Time to start preparing your CV and cover letter

Thursday 15 June 

Applications open - click here to apply

Sunday 16 July, 11.59pm

Applications close

Saturday 19 August

First-round interviews (Super Saturday)

September 

Second-round interviews commence

Wednesday 4 October 

Offers made for summer clerkship

Friday 6 October

Offers must be accepted or declined

How it works

At Gilbert + Tobin, our interview procedure is a bit different from other firms. We conduct our first-round interviews on ‘Super Saturday’, a one-day event where prospective clerks take part in an informal introduction to the firm.

Our previous summer clerks have said that Super Saturday was a great opportunity to take a closer look at the firm and gain more insight into our practice areas and meet some of the partners and lawyers you will work with throughout your clerkship.

Sample schedule for 'Super Saturday'

  • Morning interviews: 9.00am, 10.00am and 11.00am
  • Presentation: 12.00 noon
  • Lunch: 1.00–2.00pm
  • Afternoon interviews: 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm

Second round interviews

Second interviews take place in September during business hours. At your second interview, you’ll meet a representative of the People Team, and a 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

In September after the second-round interviews, the firm hosts a special pre-offer drinks function in the CBD. We’ll provide details for this event at the second-round interviews.

How do I apply for a clerkship?

2017 applications will open on 15 June 2017. Please submit your application through the CVmail job portal. For Sydney clerkship queries, please contact Kristie Barton via clerkships@gtlaw.com.au.

What happens on Super Saturday?

You’ll be interviewed by a partner and senior lawyer from one of our practice areas. The interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better, and for you to learn more about Gilbert + Tobin. You’ll be asked a range of questions about yourself and what you have noted on your CV. Following your interview, you can sit down for morning or afternoon tea in our café with graduates and former summer clerks. This is a great opportunity to explore what life at G+T is really like. At midday, Danny Gilbert, our Managing Partner, will host a panel presentation where you’ll hear from him and other senior experts about their practice areas. Following the presentation, we’ll host a lunch where you can meet and mingle with partners and lawyers.

What time should I arrive?

We recommend you arrive 10 minutes prior to your interview time-slot. 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) and a passport size photo of yourself.

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 is the format for Super Saturday?

We appreciate you may have other commitments on Super Saturday. Your time commitment on the day is about 2–3 hours.