The Law Society of New South Wales, who provides a standardised set of dates that all participating firms must follow, oversees clerkship applications. The clerkship recruitment process occurs in a three-month block consisting of written applications, interviews and networking opportunities. This year, applications open on 15th June and close 17th of July, although we recommend that interested applicants check each firm for specific details.
The application process is similar across many of the firms in Australia. The first stage of the process generally requires a written application including a cover letter, CV, academic transcript to be submitted along with a firm-specific online questionnaire. Some firms opt to have additional assessments and psychometric testing to evaluate the applicantâ€™s critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The second stage involves two rounds of interviews, normally with a lawyer, a human resources employee or both. Firms may also invite applicants to social events such as information evenings or cocktail evenings to see how applicants behave in informal settings. It is also a good opportunity for applicants to get a sense of a firm’s culture and values. Offers are made at the end of this process.
For more information follow this link: http://www.lawsociety.com.au/community/forlawstudents/GraduateEmploymentClerkships/index.htm