Is our program structured or unstructured?
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.
Who will supervise me?
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.
Will I have an opportunity to work in more than one practice area?
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.
What kind of work will I do?
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.
What happens at the end of my placement?
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.
Do clerkships lead to a job as a law graduate?
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.
How many working days will I need to commit to?
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.