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.

EXCLUSIVE TO UNSW - UPDATES & TIPS ON CLERKSHIPS 2020 FROM LAW FIRMS

YOUR GUIDE TO NAVIGATING T3 COURSES & CLERKSHIPS

LAW SOCIETY OF NSW LEGAL VITAE

Useful links
UNSW Careers and Employment resources
Other tips and resources

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