Summer Clerkships are offered by law firms and some government departments for law students to undertake summer vacation employment at the end of their penultimate year of study. These clerkships allow you to see what life is like working as a legal practitioner, experience different practice areas through rotations and to make informed decisions about your future career.
Completing a Summer Clerkship is not a prerequisite for working in private practice, but it is often a key stepping stone to private practice firms as clerks can be converted in to Graduate roles at the end of the program.
2020 Clerkship Program Key Dates
Tuesday 9 June: Applications for summer clerkships open.
Sunday 5 July and Sunday 12 July: Applications for summer clerkships close (check the law firm you are applying to for their closing date as there are two dates that firms can elect to close applications on).
Wednesday 16 September: Offers for summer clerkships can be made.
Friday 18 September: Summer Clerkship offers to be accepted or declined by 5.00pm.
Exclusive clerkship application resources and support
To help UNSW Law students prepare for clerkships in 2020, the Careers Service reached out to a number of law firms to find out if there are any changes to the programs in 2020, as well as tips in apply to each firm. There are a range of resources available through myLaw including our guide to navigating T3 courses and clerkships.
We have pulled together the most useful links below. This information is available exclusively to UNSW Law students only and requires zID and login to access content.
- Everything you need to know on preparing clerkships applications, incorporating feedback from firms (20 min overview) - Narrated PPT presentation
- Legal Resume template
- Cover letter structure, template & checklist
- Sample Research template – research and keep track of your applications
- Legal industry and firm news articles 2020
- UNSW LAW CAREERS DIRECTORY - UNSW Law in partnership with Grad Australia have created a UNSW careers directory making researching firms even easier. Remember * Fit is as important as brand
- Addressing selection criteria
- Create a personal brand
- Building a great student profile on Linked in
- 2020 Law firm Clerkship Quick Tips to prepare Resume and Cover Letters
- FULL presentation on Resume and Cover Letter essentials – designed for clerkships
Reference legal industry news or firm landmark cases in your cover letter – do your own research and see news articles below: