Summer Clerk Program 2017/18

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Summer Clerk Program 2017/18

A summer clerkship at Henry Davis York opens the door for you to a broad spectrum of opportunities. We carefully select our clerks with the view that they will become our graduate lawyers.

Our summer clerks receive a comprehensive experience of what it is truly like to work in our firm. This means you will have challenging, meaningful work, gain exposure to  an enviable list of clients, be given a good level of responsibility, work in a supportive and collaborative team and have regular access to partners.

The training you receive throughout the clerkship will ensure you are thoroughly prepared and ready to get involved in and contribute to client work straight away.

The program begins with a comprehensive orientation which includes training and development activities and the chance to meet the people you will be working with.

During the program you will have the opportunity to rotate through 3 practice groups, with designated support in each rotation from a supervising partner, senior associate and buddy. You will receive regular feedback and advice from your supervising partner and others you work with, plus a formal review at the end of each rotation.

You will be treated as an individual in an environment that supports your development. You will be given the opportunity to participate in our Professional Development Program as well as one-on-one training and skill development.

Summer clerkships are currently only offered in our Sydney office.

What we look for

The quality of our people is the key to our success. Recruiting the right people at every level is therefore a critical part of our strategy. Our summer clerks become part of our firm from day one and contribute to our growth and culture. So, we look for clerks who are:

  • Enterprising - open minded, flexible and who think outside the square
  • Determined - willing to push beyond their comfort zone and who make things happen

You will need an excellent academic record, some work experience in a legal or non-legal environment, demonstrated leadership skills and a keen interest in commercial law.

Application process

HDY requires all applications for summer clerkship to be submitted through our online application provider cvmail.

We follow the Law Society guidelines and will only consider applications from students in their penultimate year of study.

You will be required to provide all your University subjects and results as well as your employment history. We will also ask you some additional questions about your interests and activities outside of academic life and your career objectives to help us better understand you and your aspirations. You will also be given the opportunity to provide a cover letter to introduce yourself and outline your interest in HDY. We will handle the information you provide in accordance with our Privacy Statement. In submitting your application to us you agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement.

We are proud to be one of the first firms in Australia partnering with Rare to integrate the Contextual Recruitment System(CRS) into our application process. This unique and cutting edge tool allows us to better understand the context in which candidates' experiences and achievements have been gained, which in turn assists us to make more informed and better quality recruiting decisions. HDY is absolutely committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we see the introduction of CRS as an important part of that commitment. In providing valuable context around a candidate's circumstances (including on their socio-economic, family, cultural and personal background) CRS can deliver context for applicants' experiences and achievements that standard application processes fail to provide.

Please visit the Rare website for more information about CRS.

Interview process

First-round interviews are conducted one-on-one with a member of our People & Development team. If you progress to the second round, you will be given the opportunity to meet many people from our firm at a summer clerks' drinks evening. After all, it's a two-way process and we want you to feel comfortable with the firm you choose.

A Partner and a member from our People & Development team will conduct the second round of interviews. To give you the opportunity to find out what it's really like to be a summer clerk at HDY, one of our junior lawyers, who is a former summer clerk will also be invited to attend your interview.

Throughout the process we encourage you to contact our People & Development team with any questions you might have.

Online assessment

As part of our clerkship recruitment process, we ask those candidates whom we invite back for a second round interview, to complete an online Behavioural Assessment.

The Behavioural Assessment tool is called the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ). For more information please see OPQ frequently asked questions.