Notre Dame Sydney Law Society

Graduate Employment and Summer Clerkship Program

The Law Society of N.S.W, in conjunction with its participating law firms, coordinates the 2017 NSW Graduate Employment and Summer Clerkship Programs. Each firm has it’s own application processes and guidelines however for a general knowledge of the program guidelines and processes visit the Law Society of NSW.

Both the Clerkship and Graduate Employment programs are very competitive so it is important to keep in mind that only a small number of students are taken on by each firm each year and they draw from a wide variety of universities. In that regard the NDSLS advises making as many applications as you can, although keep in mind not all firms will be the best fit for you.  This page will try to outline some of the important information you will need to know for the intake of 2017.

For tips and advice on how to apply see the 2016 Careers Guide.
The 2017 Careers Guide will be published in May.

2017 Key Program Dates

Date Activity
Wednesday 1 March Applications for graduate positions open.
Friday 14 April Applications for graduate positions close at 5.00pm.
Monday 8 May Interviews for graduate positions commence.
Friday 9 June Offers for graduate positions can be made.

Friday 116 June

Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5.00pm.


2017 Summer Clerkships Program Key Dates

Date Activity
Thursday 30 March Offers for graduate positions to current summer clerks must be made and accepted/declined by 5.00pm.
Thursday 15 June Applications for summer clerkships open.
Sunday 16 July Applications for summer clerkships close at 11:59pm.
Monday 14 August Interviews for summer clerkships commence.
Wednesday 4 October Offers for summer clerkships can be made.
Friday 6 October Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5.00pm.

Helpful Links

Law Society of N.S.W.

Students should also be very familiar with legalvitae.com.au which is a vital resource on firms and gives advice on culture, specialities and detailed firm profiles.