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Please note that due to the many changes brought on by the spread of COVID-19, the dates for the Graduate Program have been amended to the following: Monday 13 July - Interviews for graduate positions commence; Friday 14 August - Offers for graduate positions can be made; Friday 21 August - Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm.

2020 Melbourne Seasonal Clerk Program

As a bold and ambitious team, we work on our clients’ most important projects – the ones that define their business. And through our pro bono practice, we actively make a difference. We are people who know what we stand for, and we have freedom to work in the way that suits us. Our flexible, open and welcoming culture underpins our continued success in Australian corporate law.

The only way to understand the work and culture is to experience it for yourself. Your clerkship with Gilbert + Tobin is your chance to see if you’ll thrive here. To test yourself with meaningful work from day one. And to get to know the people who will shape your career. 

We’re big on bold

Standing up for what you believe in and standing out in the crowd. Having the confidence to take risks and the courage to say no. Trusting in the tradition of embracing innovation. Being adventurous, spirited and unexpected. At Gilbert + Tobin, we believe in being bold.

Who are we looking for?

The Sydney clerkship experience is open to students in their penultimate or final year of study. We’re not a prescriptive firm when it comes to our people; we invite individuality and diversity. We also hold ambition, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in high regard. Our people are collaborative, passionate and dedicated – but most of all they enjoy what they do and never forget to have fun. We seek clerks and graduates who will complement our practice groups and don’t feel the need to take themselves too seriously.

Need to know more? View our interview with Managing Partner, Danny Gilbert.

What will you experience?

You’ll complete two, four-week rotations across the firm’s practice areas in summer. All clerks are assigned a supervising partner, mentor and buddy to assist with on-the-job training for each rotation - an immediate support network to help smooth the transition from university and assist with your professional development. While your main focus will be corporate work, everyone has the opportunity to assist on pro bono matters, innovation projects and participate in firm-wide activities.

How will you learn?

During the clerkship you’ll take part in our customised in-house training, and cover topics such as research, analysis, drafting, developing technical skills, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork, business development and client orientation. As you progress through your rotations you’ll develop invaluable skills and knowledge and gain first-hand experience of our various practice groups. Understanding the mechanics of legal practice through research, drafting memos, attending court and meeting clients will all help to build your confidence. And we’ll encourage you to contribute ideas and your own fresh perspective. 

A Gilbert + Tobin clerkship is both positive and challenging. You’ll work directly with partners and lawyers who will assist with your professional development and challenge you intellectually. While your main focus will be corporate work, everyone at G+T has the opportunity to assist on pro bono matters and participate in firm-wide activities. As you progress through your rotations you will develop invaluable skills and knowledge and gain first-hand experience of our various practice groups.

Our Melbourne programs run for four weeks in either winter or summer, providing a placement across Banking + Infrastructure, Competition + Regulation, Corporate Advisory, Disputes + Investigations and Technology + Digital. Each clerk is assigned a supervising partner, mentor and buddy to assist with on-the-job training. Participating in our customised in-house training will build your confidence and help you understand the mechanics of legal practice. You’ll have the chance to jump right in and immerse yourself in a leading corporate law practice. And we’ll encourage you to contribute ideas and your own fresh perspective.

The G+T clerkship experience is open to students in their penultimate year of study.

For more information about applying for a clerkship or for program dates please visit gtlaw.com.au/bebold or contact Sarah Crinnigan via scrinnigan@gtlaw.com.au

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