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We have a continuing commitment to the development of our people that is woven into every aspect of life at Finlaysons.

We pride ourselves on providing a learning experience that is genuinely distinctive.  Our unique 12 month clerkship program offers a perfect balance between guidance and independence.

We are a diverse employer drawing upon differing experiences and educational backgrounds to present our clients with well rounded legal and commercial solutions.

Applications are now invited and will only be accepted via the link at the bottom of this page.

For further enquiries call People and Development 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.

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.

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.

“Applying for the Finlaysons’ clerkship program is by far the best career choice I’ve made to date.  The program exposed me to areas of law that I had not contemplated but ended up really enjoying.  It is very well structured, with a mentor to ensure that you receive varied and interesting work and a buddy to be your ‘go-to’ practitioner for any question you may have.  I was fortunate enough to be offered a full-time permanent position as a lawyer at the conclusion of my clerkship and remain working as a lawyer in the corporate department.”

Alicia Jennison, Graduate Lawyer


“Finlaysons has provided me the perfect platform from which to succeed in what was a daunting, but exciting, first step into the legal profession.  Given an opportunity to work in and with each of the firm’s diverse range of practice areas, I have been responsible for ‘real world’ legal tasks from the outset, always followed by insightful guidance and constructive feedback from supervising practitioners.  In this way, I have been empowered by the firm to make a genuine impact on the commercial and project outcomes of it’s clients.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the clerkship program, which has culminated in a graduate position in the firm’s property services team, allowing me to further the skills and build on the relationships established during the initial rotation year.”

Nick Langridge, Graduate Lawyer

How to Apply


We invite applications for our 12 month clerkship program from 2 March 2018.

Your application must be submitted via the link below and must include your:

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

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

We are recruiting for the future of the firm and therefore our strategy is always to find people who are capable of becoming lawyers of the highest quality.  Make your move now…

Submit clerkship application