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Undertaking real work and interacting with people at every level of our business, you will work with respected practitioners across our diverse practice areas.

Your clerkship will provide a unique practical learning experience where you will benefit from an unparalleled introduction to commercial law over the next 12 months. Our commitment to attract, develop and retain the best team is fundamental to the delivery of service excellence.

Apply now for our 12 month clerkship program which is open to students with anticipated admission to practice in late 2018/19.

Applications Open – 1 March 2017
Applications Close – 28 April 2017
Clerkship Commences – 17 July 2017

For further enquiries call our People and  Development Department on  08 8235 7400.


We pride ourselves on offering a combination of real legal work, training and development and mentoring. We provide a structured program commencing with a quality on-boarding,hands-on experience, job shadowing and formal training throughout your clerkship.

You will have a different partner, special counsel or senior associate act as your coach together with a buddy who will be your “go-to” person in each department.

The program provides an opportunity for you to experience the law across our numerous specialist practice areas. You will rotate through our Commercial, Litigation and Property departments every three to four months. By working with colleagues from different practice areas, you will be able to stimulate and challenge your thinking.

You will be engaged in a diverse range of legal transactions and participate in interesting work that involves research, drafting documents and providing general assistance. You will also have the opportunity to attend briefings and work directly with clients.

At the conclusion of each rotation, your coach will provide you with constructive feedback. You will leave Finlaysons with a clear understanding of how you have performed. We also want to engage with you about how you found our firm and your placement and welcome your contribution to improve our program.

Most of our graduate lawyers are recruited from the clerkship program. We find this a very successful way of recruiting as you have had an opportunity of experiencing life here and we have had the opportunity of assessing your talent and cultural fit.

For continuity and workflow we request clerks to be available part time 2-3 days per week. We understand that flexibility is key, so we will work with you to accommodate your study commitments each semester.

How to Apply


We invite applications for our 12 month clerkship program from 1 March 2017.

Your application must be submitted via Careers on our website current positions and must include:

  • a cover letter
  • your CV and
  • your most recent academic transcript/s

In addition, you will be required to complete contact and personal information and a pre-screening questionnaire.

Start your career with a firm of exceptional people and reach your full potential.

Submit clerkship application