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DLA Piper Australia

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

DLA Piper Summer Clerkship

NSW, VIC, QLD

As a summer clerk, you can expect a varied experience both in and outside the office. You will work in a creative, dynamic environment with some of the best legal professionals in the world, gaining first-hand experience doing real legal work.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Types
Internship
Number of Vacancies
32

Application dates

Applications Open
4 Mar 2019
Applications Close
1 Apr 2019

Minimum requirements

Level of Study
Bachelor
Graduation Results
65 - 74% WAM (Credit)
Accepting International Applications
No
Degrees Accepted
L
Law

1. Who are you and what makes you unique?
We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems.

As a firm, we never stand still. We think nimbly and seize opportunities. We're ambitious and are never afraid to innovate. So if you possess these qualities too, there could be a bright future for you at DLA Piper.

2. The culture of the firm (For example, social aspects, sport opportunity and values)
We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people across our practice and business services groups. Our continued success relies on our ability to provide a supportive, inclusive and motivating environment where everyone has a role to play in supporting the delivery of outstanding service to our clients.

We offer exceptional career opportunities to our lawyers, aspiring graduates and business support professionals, in an environment that is challenging, rewarding and, we believe, truly different from our competitors.

3. What do you look for in a potential employee?
We hire graduates from a variety of backgrounds. Not only does this allow us to serve our diverse client base better; it keeps our thinking fresh by opening up a wider range of perspectives.

While you could be studying from a range of degree subjects, you will need a strong academic record. But it goes further than that. You'll need to be naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive and possess a genuine commitment to your career path. Among other things, we'll be looking at your extracurricular activities for evidence of these qualities.

4. What benefits can you offer your employees?
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, which includes: Community leave days, Employee assistance program, Discount health insurance, banking benefits and discounts, Corporate offers, Employee referral scheme, Health & wellbeing program, and Spot rewards.

5. What does your Clerkship program involve?
The best way to secure a place on our graduate program is to do a clerkship first. Not only will this give you a feel for commercial law in practice, it will give you an insight into what makes DLA Piper unique.

As a summer clerk, you can expect a varied experience both in and outside the office. You will work in a creative, dynamic environment with some of the best legal professionals in the world, gaining first-hand experience doing real legal work.

The clerkship is four weeks in duration, commencing with a two-day induction program in the local office. We offer summer clerkships in November and January. The induction program will give you the opportunity to hear from the firm's senior leaders, to participate in professional skills training, to attend networking events and to participate in responsible business activities.

6. What does your Graduate program involve?
We offer graduate programs in all our Australian offices and have one intake each year in February.

The graduate program starts with a national induction in Sydney, allowing you to meet and network with graduates from across our Australian offices. We will also send you to London in August to attend the International Graduate Induction, giving you exposure to the senior partners and enabling networking opportunities with international graduates.

You will have the opportunity to rotate in different practice groups. This will see you work alongside people at all levels of the business, including partners. As an integral member of the team, you'll be ready to hit the ground running and make a real contribution from the outset.

While much of your learning will be done on the job, you'll also receive formal business skills training. This will develop your abilities in areas such as networking, business development, commercial awareness and financial management.

7. The relevant application and recruitment process for clerkship and graduate position including key dates.
Applications for our Brisbane Clerkship Program open on Monday 4 March and close on Monday 1 April 2019, 9am AEST.

During your clerkship you will be eligible to be considered for the Graduate Program.

Please visit our website for further information on our clerkship application timeline. 

Graduate Success Stories


DLA Piper NZ Jessie Buchan
  • Graduate stories
The beauty about law is that it can take you anywhere – it opens up so many career opportunities, whether those be in law or otherwise.

Jessie Buchan

  • Graduate stories
The beauty about law is that it can take you anywhere – it opens up so many career opportunities, whether those be in law or otherwise.

Jessie Buchan

DLA Piper Valiant Warzecha
  • Graduate stories
I love the diversity of the work and broad client base in IP. I like that the work we do is so tangible.

Valiant Warzecha

  • Graduate stories
I love the diversity of the work and broad client base in IP. I like that the work we do is so tangible.

Valiant Warzecha

DLA Piper NZ Jessie Buchan
  • Graduate stories
The beauty about law is that it can take you anywhere – it opens up so many career opportunities, whether those be in law or otherwise.

Jessie Buchan

  • Graduate stories
The beauty about law is that it can take you anywhere – it opens up so many career opportunities, whether those be in law or otherwise.

Jessie Buchan

DLA Piper Valiant Warzecha
  • Graduate stories
I love the diversity of the work and broad client base in IP. I like that the work we do is so tangible.

Valiant Warzecha

  • Graduate stories
I love the diversity of the work and broad client base in IP. I like that the work we do is so tangible.

Valiant Warzecha