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2021/2022 Seasonal Clerkship Program - Melbourne

Melbourne
Melbourne Seasonal Clerkship Program

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Clerkship

Application dates

Applications Open
28 Jun 2021
Applications Close
15 Aug 2021

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Bachelor
Accepting International Applications
Yes
Qualifications Accepted
L
Commercial Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Family Law
International Law
Tax Law

Melbourne Seasonal Clerkship Program

Our Seasonal Clerkship Program provides you with a genuine insight into life at Baker McKenzie - our work, our people, our development opportunities and our culture.

If you aspire to be an outstanding lawyer, your journey to a world-class commercial legal career begins here. Start with Australia's first global law firm and set yourself on the path to excellence. Kick start your career with our world-class Seasonal Clerkship Program. Build your technical, legal expertise through our Graduate Program. Receive outstanding work and mentoring to become an expert in your field, as an associate.

What to expect

At Baker McKenzie, we understand that the transition from university to legal practice can be challenging. We provide our seasonal clerks with a comprehensive induction program, to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Our training program is designed to help you get the most out of your seasonal clerkship and set yourself up for success. We consult with our seasonal clerks before they commence to understand the areas of practice in which they are interested in gaining experience. We structure our seasonal clerks' placements according to these preferences, where possible.

In Melbourne, our key practice groups are:

  • Banking & Finance;
  • Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets);
  • Commercial Real Estate;
  • Construction;
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation;
  • Employment & Industrial Relations;
  • Energy Resources Infrastructure & Corporate; and
  • IPTech.

Most importantly, as a seasonal clerk, we want you to see what life is like as a graduate and junior lawyer at Baker McKenzie. Right from the start, our seasonal clerks get involved in real work. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research and other everyday activities within your assigned practice group. You will also have the opportunity to participate in pro bono files and community service initiatives. Our seasonal clerks work closely with our lawyers, are guided by a supervising partner and enjoy the extra support of an experienced Associate "buddy". You will develop practical and legal skills through our national learning program and by attending Firm-wide sessions. Throughout the seasonal clerkship, our partners and associates run professional development sessions on their areas of expertise, specifically for seasonal clerks. These sessions will give you the chance to:

  • build your network within the Firm;
  • develop your legal skills;
  • learn about our practices, clients and Firm structure; and
  • hear about our global training and work opportunities.

We will also provide you with opportunities to network with colleagues around the Firm – through our 'speed networking' program and various social events with your buddy, our partners and our lawyers.

The majority of our graduate positions are offered to former seasonal clerks. We also offer our former seasonal clerks the opportunity to undertake paralegal roles with the Firm. Should you accept a graduate position with us, you will also be eligible to apply for our unique International Clerkship program and the opportunity to work for four weeks in one of our overseas offices.

Application process

In Melbourne, we run three seasonal clerkships. The first will run from end November to end December 2021 (dates TBC), the second will run from 31 January to 25 February 2022 and the third will run from 27 June to 22 July 2022.

All applications should be addressed to Natalie Mascarenhas, Talent Management Consultant, and should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, extra-curricular activities, interests, and academic results. We do not require you to upload your CV, as the information from your CV is used to respond to the areas above. We also ask you to complete two questions, particularly as our Firm does not use psychometric or other testing, group or individual assessments, or one-way video interviews as part of our overall assessment process.

Candidates will attend one interview and will also be invited to an event, which will be attended by partners and associates so that you can meet as many people from our Firm as possible.

To be eligible for a 2021/2022 seasonal clerkship position with Baker McKenzie, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or have the right to work in a full-time role in Australia during the clerkship periods set out above. You must also be enrolled in a law degree or equivalent which will qualify you for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. At Baker McKenzie, our seasonal clerkship program is primarily aimed at students in the penultimate year of their law degree. However, final year applicants may also be considered.

Applications open at 9.00 am on Monday, 28 June 2021 and close at 11.59 pm on Sunday, 15 August 2021. Offers for the seasonal clerkship program will be made from 10.00 am on Wednesday, 20 October 2021.

For more information about our Melbourne Seasonal Clerkship Program, please contact Natalie Mascarenhas, Talent Management Consultant, at natalie.mascarenhas@bakermckenzie.com or on +61 3 9617 4349.

What qualities do we look for in our Clerks?

At Baker McKenzie, we look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who take responsibility and use their initiative; who act with integrity and honesty in all of their dealings, decisions and actions; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; who seek a friendly, diverse, and inclusive culture; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities.

We also pride ourselves on having a diverse range of people, who each have something unique to offer. There is no specific "type" of person we look for. Finally, and most importantly, we look for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand Baker McKenzie's unique offering and position in the market.
 

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin