Applications for our 2020 Melbourne Seasonal Clerk Program are now open!
This program is the ideal opportunity for you to experience firsthand what it is like to work as a lawyer in our firm.
We have nine practice areas across Australia. As a Seasonal Clerk, you will complete a rotation within one of these. You will be embedded into the practice areas and be involved in real legal work right from the start, giving you in-depth experience and providing a real insight into life as a commercial lawyer at K&L Gates.
We truly believe that working together is better. Your supervisor and buddy will help you settle in and you will work closely with the partners, special counsel, senior associates and lawyers in your team. You will be provided with opportunities to build strong relationships, both within your team and the wider firm network. We provide and encourage a collaborative environment in which you can grow and develop.
Professional development is provided throughout your clerkship. It begins on your first day with a comprehensive induction program and continues throughout the clerkship program. Our training program has been designed to develop your legal knowledge and business skills, as well as to give you a broader insight into the various areas of law in which we practise.
You will have the opportunity to be involved in many social activities. K&L Gates' clerks are encouraged to attend learning and development sessions, firm celebrations and other activities such as staff drinks and our regular pro-bono, community and charitable activities.
Not only will you get to experience what it is like to work in a global commercial law firm first hand, you will have the chance to enjoy our down to earth culture we are known for. There will also be opportunities to join in on some of the work our Diversity Committee does to create an inclusive, diverse and supportive working environment.
What do we look for in a clerk?
K&L Gates is about more than practising law or making a living. It's about building something amazing - creating a legacy for you, the firm, our clients and the communities we serve.
We look to recruit well-rounded, talented people, to provide the opportunities and support for them to achieve their best. It sounds simple, and to us it is.
Our aim is to develop commercially oriented and entrepreneurial lawyers. Solid academic results are important but to be a future lawyer in our firm you need to demonstrate talent and skill in a variety of areas.
We are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us. Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.
How do I apply?
Applications should be submitted online by clicking the 'Apply' button.
To be eligible to apply, you will be a law student, ideally in your penultimate year of study at university and ready to commence as a Graduate in March 2022. Successful applicants for interview will be notified by telephone or email.
Where can I find more information about the firm?
K&L Gates is a fully integrated network of lawyers and legal professionals who believe that clients need more than technical legal skills; they need insightful and practical advice on the diverse issues that affect their businesses, delivered with unparalleled client service. Our combination of practice strength, global platform, and unsurpassed client service is a true differentiator in the legal services marketplace. In Australia, K&L Gates has approximately 300 fee earners located across four offices: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Please visit the Careers section of our website or our GradAustralia or Facebook pages for further information.