Employment Online @ Sydney Law School

This section of the Sydney Law School website is designed to post the latest employment notices and career information for students. The Law School makes regular updates to this section and provides the latest news in regard to employment opportunities, both casual and part-time, as well as details on professional seminars, visiting scholars and general career matters.

This section also includes the latest information on the Graduate Employment Program and Summer Clerkship Scheme, a brief summary of information relevant to students after their studies, and details on further postgraduate opportunities.

The Sydney Law School also emails students employment opportunities and career information. Regardless, all employment opportunities and career information are posted on this website. Such information will be posted for a maximum period of one month unless advertised otherwise.

Students and Employers may also search for jobs at University of Sydney Career Services

Posting a position

Place a notice on Employment Online @ Sydney Law School

Provide the following information to Sydney Law School:

  1. Title/position name
  2. Start date
  3. Duration/Fixed term/Permanent/Casual
  4. A URL/web address, so a hyperlink can be added for further information, eg. Position description on your company or on the The University of Sydney Careers Centre website
    NOTE: This is the preferred option to providing a document.

Place a notice on The University of Sydney Careers Centre

Legal Clerks @ Streeterlaw

Posted: 24 February 2017

Streeterlaw is a litigation firm specialising in Commercial Litigation, Fraud & Insolvency and Family Law.

Currently, we are seeking to employ casual Legal Clerks who are available to assist the Senior Solicitors on either Mondays or Thursdays during Semester One.

The successful candidates should have sound academic achievements, good interpersonal skills, self-discipline and a demonstrated ability to work in a team. High levels of IT and legal research proficiency would be favourably considered. Clerks will receive intensive foundational training and proficient clerks will be given opportunities to gain experience in different areas of law.

If you are teachable and friendly and you available to work on either or a Monday or a Thursday, please email your resume and a covering letter to , HR Director.

Applications close: Wednesday the 1st of March, 2017

Working with LGBTIQ Clients in Legal Proceedings @ Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) and Young Lawyers (NSW)

Posted: 22 February 2017

This free Mardi Gras event presented by the Inner CIty Legal Centre and Young Lawyers (NSW) will assist lawyers and other service providers facilitating respectful and empowering representation to LGBTIQ clients in legal matters.

His Honour Michael Kirby AC, CMG will open the event. The Inner City Legal Centre will present on "Working respectfully with LGBTIQ clients". Skylar Mills, a Trans teen, and his mother Nancy will share their journey. Dr Olivia Rundle will speak on challenges for couples and families engaged with legal systems.

Time: 5:00PM-7:30PM
Date: Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Location: Lecture Theatre 101, Level 1, Law School Building (F10)
Registration: FREE - Online registration required.

Casual Paralegal @ Ada Evans Chambers

Posted 22 February 2017

A vacancy exists for a casual paralegal at a Ada Evans Chambers in the city. You will be working directly with an experienced Barrister practicing primarily in tort based law.

As we are a relatively small firm, this job will offer excellent hands-on experience with meaningful work. While some administrative duties will be required, you will mainly be responsible for conducting legal research and drafting legal documents, such as pleadings, chronologies and correspondence. This job will provide excellent experience for those looking to apply for clerkships and graduate positions at law firms.

On the job training will be provided by existing paralegals as we do not expect you to be familiar with legal drafting. However, a willingness and ability to learn quickly are essential.

What we are looking for:

  • A diligent and efficient worker with a strong work ethic;
  • Strong willingness to learn;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Must have completed Torts; and
  • Must have at least a credit average in Law.

Previous work experience is desired but not essential.

Hours are flexible, however applicants must be available to work at least two days per week, preferably Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Leave is also permitted during final exam blocks.

Please send Cover letter and CV to

Start date ASAP - available Tuesdays and Thursdays

Winter Clerkships @ Webb Henderson

Posted 22 February 2017

Winter Clerkship 2017 Flyer (PDF)

Students currently in their penultimate year are eligible to apply.

The program runs for 3 weeks over your winter semester break.

Apply online

Closing date: Friday, 31 March 2017

Law Employer Information Sessions

Posted 22 February 2017

The Careers Centre is hosting a selection of employer information sessions during first semester, 2017.

Employer presentations are a great way to get a sense of company culture, meet recruiters and learn about how you will fit into a company. You will learn how companies recruit, what they are looking for in graduates and interns, and how you can secure that coveted internship or graduate position. For a full list of information sessions see Careerhub. Information sessions fill up fast, make sure to register by clicking the links below.

Upcoming sessions with employers looking to recruit from the Sydney Law School include:

Don't forget to attend this year's Careers Fairs! This is the best way to meet a range of employers and industry representatives and offer the chance to ask questions and build relationships.

2018 Hong Kong Winter Clerkship @ Baker & McKenzie

Posted 22 February 2017

Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong will be running one Winter Clerkship programme in January 2018. This is a comprehensive four week programme and aims to give students the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to work at the firm. In addition to getting to know Baker & McKenzie's culture, vacation clerks will participate in the training programme available to trainees and junior lawyers and be exposed to the type of work typically undertaken by them. The clerkship programme is the main pathway into securing a training contract with the firm as clerks who perform well during the programme will be selecting to join Baker & McKenzie's Hong Kong office as trainee solicitors after they have completed their legal studies and their Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (P.C.L.L.). Participation is therefore mandatory for those seeking a future training contract.

Experience Required:
To apply, candidates should be in their penultimate year of study of their undergraduate or postgraduate law degree programme, have strong academic results, fluent Chinese language skills (written and spoken) and be firmly committed to establishing a legal career in Hong Kong.

Application Process:
Students need to their resume, academic transcript and reference letters via the following link.

Closing date: Sunday, 12th of March 2017

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong) Information Session

Posted 22 February 2017

Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will be hosting an information session, allowing students to meet their Hong Kong partners, associates and graduate recruitment officer. Additionally, this information session will give you the chance to find out specific details of what it is like to be an international commercial lawyer in Hong Kong.

Further information about Freshfields can be found on their website

Registration Process: Register online.

A confirmation will be sent to students a week before the event.

Closing date: Wednesday, 15th of March 2017.

Winter Vacation Placements @ Skadden

Posted 22 February 2017

Skadden was founded in 1948 and rapidly built a reputation as a “go to” firm for sophisticated and landmark deals. Today, Skadden is one of the world’s elite law firms with approximately 1,700 lawyers in 22 offices on five continents.

Our vacation-placement schemes are important for students interested in a training contract with Skadden’s Hong Kong office. The schemes provide hands-on experience with active transactions from a diverse client base, often with an international aspect, as well as insight into the firm’s culture. Placements are for four weeks and are offered in the winter and summer. Students are assigned a mentor and a “buddy” and throughout the placement undertake “real” and substantive assessments with proper supervision and feedback. Students also have the opportunity to get to know current associates and peers on a more personal level by attending formal and informal social events.

Skadden now invites you to our early interview process for our winter vacation placement program.

Application Process
Please send your resume, unofficial transcripts and cover letter to

Closing date: Friday, 10 March 2017

Dubai Summer Work Experience Programme @ DLA Piper

Posted 22 February 2017

DLA Piper Middle East LLP is part of DLA Piper, a global full service business law firm, operating in over 90 offices in more than 30 countries worldwide. We have eight offices in the GCC; Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh and Jeddah (with a group firm in Cairo). This gives us extensive coverage to our clients as we are the only international law firm in the region with this spread of offices.

We offer expert legal advice to a wide range of businesses locally, nationally and globally.

Our commitment to the Middle East is rooted in our relationships with local businesses, academic institutions and other investors in the region.

We are holding a Summer Work Experience Programme for three weeks from 16 July – 3 August 2017 in Dubai to offer students the opportunity to shadow lawyers from a range of backgrounds and practice groups while providing insight into the operations of a global legal organisation.

The criteria for applicants are:

  • Fluency in Arabic (ideally must be able to speak, read and write Arabic to a high standard);
  • Preferably GCC nationals or those with a link or particular interest in the region;
  • Penultimate or Final year law students;
  • Ability to self-fund travel to and accommodation in Dubai for three weeks.

If you are interested, please email the Application Form (PDF)

Closing date: Friday, 31 March 2017

Internships @ Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS)

Posted 13 February 2017

N.B. revised closing date: Thursday, 23 February 2017

CAPLUS offers up to two internship positions to Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year. Interns must be available to work the equivalent of one day per week for the duration of the semester. Interns are involved in the full range of the Centre’s activities, including research, hosting public seminars and conferences, assisting with the organisation of the Centre's offshore academic programs, drafting policy submissions and so on. There are also some administrative duties. Interns report to the Centre Director and will work closely with the director and associate directors, the administrator, and the associates of the Centre. Interns interested in Japan may also be invited to work with the Australian Network for Japanese Law on projects agreed with CAPLUS. Please note that internship positions are unpaid.

Selection Criteria:
Applicants must have a strong overall academic record. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian or Indonesian law, but students interested in other Asian jurisdictions are also strongly encouraged to apply. An Asian language would be beneficial but is not essential. Further details regarding the requirements of this position are available in the Position Accountability Statement. (PDF)

To Apply:
Please complete and submit the application form on this link: CAPLUS Internship. In addition, please submit a copy of your CV, academic transcript to date, and a cover letter addressing why you would like to work as an intern with the Centre.

N.B. revised closing date: Thursday, 23 February 2017

Internships @ Constitutional Reform Unit - Sydney Law School

Posted 13 February 2017

The Constitutional Reform Unit is seeking one or two interns for first semester this year.

An intern should be available to work in the Constitutional Reform Unit's office one day per week during semester. The intern must have completed both 'Public Law' and 'Federal Constitutional Law'.

The work will primarily be research and editing work, but may also include organising events, assisting in the preparation of submissions to parliamentary committees and updating the CRU's web-site. The intern will also be expected to contribute to the CRU's blog, 'Constitutional Critique'.

Applicants should be sent by email to:

Applications close on 24 February 2017.

Semester 1 Internships @ Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law

Posted 10 February 2017

The Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law will offer several internship positions to Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year and applications are now being accepted for Semester 1, 2017.

Interns are expected to be available for the equivalent of one day per week from 13 March 2017 until the end of Semester 1 (exam period excluded). Interns are involved in the Centre's research and publication and administrative duties; see Position Description for detailed information.

The current internships will relate to:

  • Corporate Law comprising law & business topics, such as corporate crime, corporate governance, corporate and financial market regulation;
  • Taxation including an array of issues relating to tax law;
  • The internship positions are unpaid;
  • Interns will be required to work one day per week.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must have a strong overall academic record, particularly in core private law subjects, and/or demonstrated interest in corporate or taxation law. Preference will be given to final year students.

To Apply
Please submit a single PDF containing your CV, academic trancript, and a half page statement explaining why you would like to be an intern with the Centre.

Please specify in your application whether you are applying for a position as a Corporate Law or Taxation Law intern, or if you would like to be considered for both positions, please rank your preferences in this regard.

Applications should be emailed to

Enquiries may be directed to: (Corporate Law) or (Taxation Law)

The closing date for this round of applications for several positions is Wednesday 8, March 2017.

LegalVitae @ The Law Society of New South Wales

Posted 2 February 2017

LegalVitae is a national law-specific jobs portal which is free for students and will provide an exhaustive list of internship, clerkship, graduate employment and other opportunities across Australia. It is the first and only site to do so.

The Law Society believes it is vital that law students are aware of all the employment opportunities available to them and this portal is a key initiative of the national work we are doing into the perceived oversupply of law graduates.

Also see LegalVitae on Facebook

PLT/ Graduate Positions @ Perez Varela Lawyers

Posted 2 February 2017

Perez Varela Lawyers is one of Australia’s leading entertainment, commercial, and immigration law firms. We work in the areas of intellectual property, media, entertainment and immigration law. We have a diverse portfolio of high-profile clients and have reviewed contracts from Chanel, XL recordings, and various high profile modelling agencies in NSW.

We are seeking to engage 2 Graduates, Professional Legal Trainees, or work experience candidates to be part of the expansion plan we are currently undertaking, which includes expansion to the USA. The firm has a strong commitment to building high performing teams, and promotes tailored, comprehensive pathways in order to fast track its team members’ success in the firm and the wider legal industry. Graduates with a passion for excellence can count on the firm to receive the guidance, training and experiences they require for future success.

Trainees will assist with all areas of law, administration, file management, and accounting within the firm. You will have the opportunity to: take instructions from clients and potential clients; legal research and analysis; draft correspondence and documents; and other ad hoc tasks. whilst respecting the confidentiality of our clients’ information.

The placements are required to be completed 5 days per week from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM for 75 days.

Applications must be made in writing by email to: . Applications should include a copy of your academic transcript, CV and a brief letter of introduction.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received and the positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.

Applications close 3 March 2017.

Internship @ Sydney Institute of Criminology

Posted 25 January 2017

Applications are open for the Semester 1 Internship Program at the Sydney Institute of Criminology.

The Institute’s internship program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Sydney Law School. The program is undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Interns must be available to work 10 full days over semester 1.

The internship program will be of interest to students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.

For further details on the Internship and how to apply click here (PDF)

Applications for the internship close at 5.00pm Friday 24 February 2017.

"A day in the life of a criminal lawyer" @ The Law Society of NSW Graduate Services

Posted 24 January 2017

One of the key education initiatives this year of The NSW Law Society of NSW Graduate Services is to develop our education piece for students, specifically on what to expect when they begin practise so we’ve create a video series that will help develop students’ understanding of being a legal professional.

Our first video is titled: Day in the life of a criminal lawyer, featuring Thomas Spohr from the Commonwealth DPP.

Legal Analyst @ Law of the Jungle

Posted 23 January 2017

Law of the Jungle has pioneered the use of the cloud to deliver business value to corporate enterprises by putting legal know-how in the hands of non-lawyers.

Our business has a 16 year history of success at the intersection of law and business. We are looking for an outstanding senior law student or graduate with strong credentials and a passion to contribute in arguably the most exciting line of business available in the law.

The role, which would require 20+ hours of availability per week (though actual work times are flexible), will give you:

  • Exposure and access to major corporate enterprises at a surprisingly senior level;
  • Deep involvement in cutting edge legal technology product development, with a particular focus on legal content development;
  • An opportunity to apply research skills in commercial law (competition, consumer, workplace, contracts, general);
  • A level of responsibility and ownership that will appeal to those who are ambitious to succeed, attentive to detail and willing to ask questions.

The role is an outstanding opportunity for those aiming for a career in commercial law, at the bar, in management consulting or in business. We have an impressive alumni list of those who have gone on to great things in these fields.

If this sounds like you, please send your resume, including an academic transcript and a short cover letter to

Anti-Corruption Internships @ OECD (Paris)

Posted 20 January 2017

The OECD Anti-Corruption division based in Paris is seeking applicants for two internships.

More information about the OECD Anti-corruption division and on the internship can be found here

To be eligible to an internship, the applicant must be a student currently enrolled with an accredited institution, have completed or be completing a law degree and be a national of an OECD Member country.

Applications for the Winter/Spring Internship with an immediate opening close on Friday, 10 February 2017.

Applications for the Summer/Fall session Internship close Friday, 17 March 2017.

Applicants must submit a CV and a letter of motivation, preferably in PDF format, to . Please indicate for which period you are applying.

Semester 1 Internships @ Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL)

Posted 6 January 2017

SCIL offers two internship positions to Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year. Interns must be available to work one day per week for the duration of one semester. Interns are involved in the full range of the Centre’s activities, which may include international law research, drafting legal opinions, policy submissions to parliamentary committees or law reform bodies, hosting public seminars, and the production of the Australian International Law Journal. Interns report to the Centre Director(s) and work closely with the Director(s) and other SCIL Associates.

Selection criteria:
Applicants must be currently enrolled at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Law and should have completed the undergraduate or JD compulsory unit Public International Law. Applicants should also have a strong overall academic record and a demonstrated interest in international affairs or foreign policy. Students who have not had previous opportunities to undertake paid or unpaid work in a relevant field are especially encouraged to apply; applications will be assessed on merit and experience relative to opportunity.

How to apply:

  1. Application form (PDF)
  2. Write a statement of interest (maximum one page)
  3. Attach the above two documents along with your CV and transcripts and email to [[mailto:law.scil@sydney.edu.au||SCIL Administrator]

Applications close: 5.00pm 24 February 2017