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Clerkship

Allow us to cultivate the skills and attributes you will need to launch your legal career

Applications are invited for our 2019 / 2020 Clerkship Program

Experience the collegiality, energy and creativity that defines life at Finlaysons.

Our unique program stands apart from the rest. Offering the perfect balance between guidance and independence, it is structured to keep you engaged whilst promoting your natural talent for innovative thinking.

Working alongside some of our most talented and recognised practitioners, in their areas of expertise, on real matters for real clients your learning experience offers you an insight as to how the practice of law is conducted in the real world.

You will be offered a 12-month contract working 3 days per week with the flexibility to accommodate your ongoing study commitments.  We typically recruit our graduates from our program, so if your clerkship is successful you may be offered a graduate position upon completion, as well as the opportunity to work casually while completing your studies and GDLP.

We pride ourselves on a genuine learning experience that is a continuing commitment to the development of our people, woven into every aspect of life at Finlaysons.

We have a comprehensive on-boarding program, as well as opportunities to become involved in regular tailored skills building sessions, internal CLE sessions, and access to our practice group training and business skills training sessions.

Your toolkit of expert coaches and buddies to guide you through a range of learning opportunities, job shadowing, and hands-on experience will enable you to quickly become equipped with the resources required to become one of our future talents.

Our program will nurture your professional growth in ways that are entertaining, as well as informative.

We strive to support you both professionally and personally.

We support a work/life balance and encourage participation in our health and well being program and sporting, community focused or personal interests.

We have fun and celebrate our successes.  We hold regular firm and social club events, and you are always welcome to join your colleagues for Friday evening drinks to wind down at the end of a busy week.

We want to work with accomplished individuals who have hobbies and interests away from work, so think about what makes you stand out from the crowd.

We are committed to the principles of workplace diversity and equity which includes recognising, respecting and valuing individual differences. We encourage candidates from all walks of life to apply.

You will need to be able to manage a varied workload, whilst maintaining an appreciation of the complexities, all of which provide the foundations of excellent client service.

Your Cover Letter, CV and Academic Transcript can be submitted online at Finlaysons Career Portal.

Discover what’s possible.  Surround yourself with professionals who want to foster your growth.

Successful applicants will be invited to an informal forum to hear from our current clerks and participate in an information sharing session to find out more about our unique clerkship experience.  Afterwards, introduce yourself to and network with our senior practitioners.

Following the Meet & Mingle, a select group of applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview from which our 2019 / 2020 crop will be chosen.

 

‘The one year clerkship program at Finlaysons has been both a rewarding and inspiring experience. From the full time week of on-boarding to the monthly skills building sessions, the whole team here has assisted in helping new clerks transition from university to a professional workplace. Beyond that, our coaches and ‘buddies’ make sure we know the ‘ins and outs’ of each department as we rotate through the firm. It was actually the rotation program that drew me to apply at Finlaysons and it has proven to be an absolute highlight. It gives a rare opportunity to experience a wide variety of law, from assisting on complex interstate land transactions to trademark applications to banking and finance disputes. At law school it can be hard to determine where your interests lie so the chance to gain practical experience across so many fields cannot be understated for a young graduate.’

Fumi Baughan , 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“I was initially hired by Finlaysons on a short-term contract basis and subsequently applied internally for the Clerkship Program. One of the most attractive aspects of the program is the fact that it runs for 12 months. A lot of other firms only offer a short-term “summer” clerkship program whereas Finlaysons structures its program to ensure that clerks can learn a lot during their time whilst also contributing towards, and integrating with, the firm. Perhaps my favourite part of working at Finlaysons is the learning opportunities which stem from a firmly ingrained “open door” culture whereby clerks are easily able to approach senior practitioners for assistance with tasks, or broader issues in general. Further to this, Finlaysons also implements an effective “buddy” and “coach” system as part of its program to ensure clerks are never left wanting for help should they need it. I could not recommend this program more highly.”

Michael Rydon, 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“The Finlaysons’ clerkship programme is a very rewarding experience! The hands on legal work from Day 1, the ability to rotate through all of the departments of a commercial law firm and not only learn from high quality practitioners, but to also play a role in several matters and trials, instils the fundamental skills needed to become a successful lawyer.”

George Femia, 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“Clerking at Finlaysons has been an invaluable and rewarding experience. Everyone in the litigation team has been extremely helpful and are more than willing to invest time into training clerks. Practitioners allow clerks to get involved on files which means that I have gained valuable insight into how litigation progresses.  Further, there is an extensive “on-boarding” program to help clerks understand the firms systems and processes and ongoing clerk training sessions. The clerk training sessions have been extremely useful as I have found that they teach practical skills that I have used every day in the workplace”.

Erin Puckridge, 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“The opportunities that I have been given at Finlaysons have been, and continue to be, invaluable. Within the very first month of my clerkship, I was assigned to a trial, where I was provided with a significant amount of hands-on experience and exposure to civil litigation within South Australia. I assist a number of partners and senior practitioners with interesting and legally complex matters on a daily basis and I continue to look forward to a new challenge each day. I thoroughly recommend the Finlaysons Clerkship to any law student that is looking for a truly unique experience.”

Steven Ellis, 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“The Finlaysons clerkship program is a fantastic educational opportunity for those looking to gain insight into life as a young legal professional. The experience is challenging, yet profoundly rewarding, with clerks rotating through four departments under the guidance of experienced buddies and coaches.

Being twelve months in duration, the program sees clerks regularly attend skills building sessions and social events, thus providing regular networking opportunity and an insight into the firms culture.  This, as well as the opportunity to contribute to real-life matters alongside established legal professionals, makes for an unparalleled experience.”

Jordana Mintz, 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“As a clerk at Finlaysons I have been extremely fortunate in the amount of exposure that I have had to various types of tasks. I have appeared in Court, helped on numerous trial matters, joined in on meetings with clients and assisted with Pro Bono cases. Furthermore, as with the nature of law, I have also performed a number of research tasks, spent a lot of time reading and analysing documents and drafting letters to clients. The exposure that I have been lucky enough to have is due to Finlaysons truly being an encouraging environment to learn and grow, shown by their commitment in providing skill building seminars and in-firm training courses. Overall I have had a fantastic experience at Finlaysons and believe that it has assisted with my development as a lawyer and will have a lasting impact throughout my career.”

Adam Hamilton, 2018/2019 Law Clerk

“In addition to providing an amazing culture and educational experience, the Finlaysons program is unique in that it is the only program in Adelaide providing the opportunity for clerks to develop their professional skills over the course of a full year. The program exposes you to different departments and allows for a diverse learning experience, all under the tutelage of experienced, yet friendly, buddies and coaches. The Finlaysons’ clerkship program has been instrumental in my growth as a young legal professional.”

Tom O’Sullivan, Graduate Lawyer and 2017/2018 Law Clerk

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