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. For any enquiries, please contact

Semester 1 2015 Interships @ Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS)

Posted: 23/02/2015

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.

To Apply: Please submit a copy of your CV, academic transcript to date, and a statement addressing how you meet the selection criteria and why you would like to work as an intern with the Centre.

Applications Close: Friday 6 March 2015

Applications should be submitted by email to or forwarded to:

Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
Sydney Law School
New Law Building F10
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Please note: If you are submitting your application by email, please ensure all parts of the application are combined into a single PDF or Word document. Please do not attach multiple files.

Internship Information for students are also available online

Graduate Opportunities @ Bain & Company

Posted: 17/02/2015

Bain & Company is one of the world's leading global business consulting firms, serving clients across six continents on issues of strategy, operations, technology, organisation and mergers and acquisitions. At Bain, we are looking to recruit bright and enthusiastic graduates with strong analytical, interpersonal and leadership skills to join our team in our Sydney, Melbourne or Perth offices. Our recruits are a group of high achieving candidates across a diverse range of disciplines including economics, science, engineering, law, medicine and philosophy.

Bain & Company (PDF) will be on campus at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 4th March 5.30pm: Law Lounge, Level 1 New Law Building, Camperdown Campus.

Apply at Join Bain by Friday 6th March 2015.

Internships @ Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance & Corruption

Posted: 17/02/2015

The Royal Commission is seeking interns to perform legal support work associated with the Royal Commission’s hearings, including working as part of the Commission’s Legal & Policy team, assisting with preparation of material for hearings, and undertaking research and paralegal tasks for Solicitors Assisting the Commission. The work can be challenging and requires initiative and a strong commitment to teamwork

The role will be recruited at an APS Grade 1-2 level on a job share basis, working one or more days per week (to be negotiated with successful applicants).

Successful applicants may be able to use the position to contribute to the requirements of a Practical Legal Training (PLT) placement or a relevant LLB/JD placement subject.

Opportunities may be available for varying periods, on a job-share basis, up to 6 months (dictated by operational demands). Applicants should be available to start as soon as possible and no later than mid- to late-April 2015.

To be eligible, applicants must:
* hold Australian citizenship;
* be able to obtain and maintain, at minimum, ‘Baseline’ security clearance;

If you are interested in this opportunity, please express your interest by providing:
* A covering letter (no more than 2 pages) addressing your:
* interest in working for the Royal Commission;
* ability to work with complex and sensitive subject matter;
* ability to deal effectively with changing work priorities and competing deadlines;
* commitment to impartiality, integrity, sound judgment and confidentiality.
* Your Curriculum Vitae / Resume, including the names & contact details of 2 referees.

Please email your expression of interest, no later than 5pm on Monday 9 March 2015 to:

Director, Legal & Policy
Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance & Corruption
Email address:

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Bill Steenson on (02) 9201 3786.

Law Clerks @ Consitutional Court of South Africa

Posted: 13/02/2015

The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as a foreign law clerks.

Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 April 2015.

Applicants must be in possession of or in their final year of an LLB or JD and demonstrate an interest in constitutional, comparative and international law. Academic excellence, relevant research experience, and one to two years of work experience (especially clerking for another court) are all preferred.

Application Process.
See Foreign Law Clerks and how to apply. (PDF)

Applications for first round of 2015 hiring close 31 March 2015.

The Court will also accept applications during the second round of hiring from 1 July to 31 August 2015.

Internships @ Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School

Posted: 13/02/2015

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. One to two internship positions are currently offered for semester one. Interns must be available to work one full day a week for 10 weeks during the semester (or equivalent by agreement).

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.

The program may be undertaken as credit towards the External Placement Program in Sydney Law School’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) programs during semester.

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

Applications for the semester one close at 5pm Friday 27 February 2015.

2016 Tipstaff/ Research Assistant @ The Hon. Justice Robert Macfarlan, NSW Court of Appeal

Posted: 13/02/2015

Justice Macfarlan, is seeking applicants for appointment as Tipstaff/ Research Assistant for 2016.

The successful applicant will be exposed to a wide variety of cases which come before the Appeals Court. These include commercial, equity, administrative, personal injury and other torts, and land and environment. Justice Macfarlan also presides on the Court of Criminal Appeal. Tipstaff/ Research Assistants are heavily involved in all aspects of the Judges work including preparation for court, court hearings and the writing of judgments.

Applicants for the position should write and include a curriculum vitae and academic transcript to:

The Hon. Justice Robert Macfarlan
Supreme Court of NSW
GPO Box 3
Sydney NSW 2001

Applicants may also email the Associate,

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Ms Noni Nelson, current Tipstaff, on 02 9779 7211.

It is anticipated that the position will be filled by mid-March.

Internships @ The Constitutional Reform Unit (CRU) - Sydney Law School

Posted: 09/02/2015

The Constitutional Reform Unit (CRU) 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 LAWS1021/5007 Public Law and LAWS2011/5011 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'.

Details are on the Constitutional Reform Unit's website: Information for Students

They should be sent by email to Professor Anne Twomey

Applications close on Friday 23 February 2015.

Casual Law Clerk @ Martin Bell & Co.

Posted: 09/02/2015

An opportunity exists for an enthusiastic first or second year Law Student looking to gain valuable practical experience with Martin Bell & Co, a busy injury litigation law firm located in Sydney CBD.

The position will involve general administration support duties together with legal work including drafting documents and assisting the Principal and Senior Associate.

Applicants must have an analytical mind and excellent typing and computer skills. Applicants are expected to be efficient, responsible, and willing to learn. Your motivation, initiative and excellent communication skills will make you a strong candidate for the position.

Application Process:
Australian citizens and Permanent Residents only (inc. New Zealand Citizens)

To apply, please email your resume together with cover letter and academic transcript to

Applications close 24 February 2015.

Indigenous Law Students Day @ NSW Bar Association

Posted: 06/02/2015

The NSW Bar Association will be holding their Indigenous Law Student Day on Wednesday, 25 February 2015.

All interested Indigenous first year LLB and JD students are encouraged to attend.

This is a part of a long running, successful program to introduce Indigenous law students to the realities of life as a barrister.

Students will meet with a varied group of barristers and hear about their work, then visit chambers and later visit court and chat to a Supreme Court judge and then enjoy lunch together.

Schedule Outline
 8.30am Meet & light breakfast
                  NSW Bar Association Common Room,
                  Basement Level - Selbourne Chambers,
                  174 Phillip Street, Sydney
  Visit to Chambers of various barristers.
 12.15pm Visit to the Supreme Court.
  Lunch with the Bar Association
 2:15pm Day winds up around 2.15pm.

If students have any questions feel free to contact Ph: 02 9229 1710.

Casual Administrative Assistant @ Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

Posted: 03/02/2015

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), a Commonwealth Government Agency, has a casual legal vacancy in its Sydney Information and Development Section.

It is working 2 days per week for a period of 6 months.

Position Description and Selection Criteria. (pdf)

How to Apply
Expressions of interest should be or faxed to (07) 3361 3055 or mailed to:

HR Team Leader
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
GPO Box 9955
Brisbane QLD 4001

Expressions of Interest must include a statement of claims against the Selection Criteria of no greater than 750 words. Applicants should also provide a curriculum vitae or resume outlining qualifications and/or employment history and the names and contact details of at least of two referees, one of whom should be a current supervisor.

Applicants are also requested to submit a completed Job Application Cover Form

Further information about applying for positions on the AAT website or alternatively you can contact the Human Resources section on (07) 3361 3061.

Applications Close 16 February 2015

2015 Internships @ European Australian Business Council (AEBC)

Posted: 02/02/2015

The European Australian Business Council (EABC) is a peak, private sector funded organisation which organises a series of high-level business roundtables, events and delegations involving Australian and European policy-makers, senior officials and business leaders.

Each year the European Australian Business Council (EABC) offers 2-3 internship positions to work at our headquarters in Sydney. These internship positions are offered to undergraduate and post-graduate students with an interest in communications, business and international relations.

Successful applicants work with a small team helping to deliver a range of activities for our members, providing opportunities to work in a professional environment and exposure to a wide range of government leaders, departments very large international companies.

Outline of the internship programme. (pdf)

Further Information & Application
For further information or to apply for an internship with the EABC, please contact:

Director, Programmes & Membership (Internship Co-ordinator)
European Australian Business Council
Telephone (02) 8272 0600

Law Graduate/ Junior Solicitor @ W&H Lawyers

Posted: 02/02/2015

The Sydney Office of W&H Lawyers has recently merged with a local property specialist firm, Lands Legal and is currently seeking a full-time law graduate or junior solicitor.

To qualify for this role, you will need to have at least the following:

  • Solid and demonstrated foundational knowledge in one of the practice areas specialised by our Sydney Office;
  • At least a bachelor of law degree with a result of credit average awarded by a recognised Australian University;
  • Fluency in writing and communicating in both English and Mandarin;
  • Previous experience in similar role preferred but not essential.

Position Description (pdf)

This position will lead to a full-time employment at our firm. As such, only applications from students completing their degree in mid-2015 or those already graduated will be considered.
This role is only open to Long-term Australian Visa Holder with unlimited working rights, Australian Permanent Resident, Australian or New Zealand Citizens.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and one-page cover letter to

Applications close on 28 February 2015

Voluntary PLT Position @ McQui Lawyers

Posted: 22/01/2015

McQiu Lawyers is a law firm based in Chatswood mainly practising in litigation, family law, migration and conveyancing. We are offering hands on practical experience for a law graduate or final year student looking to fulfil the work experience component of the PLT course on a volunteer and unpaid basis.

Duties include but is not limited to :

  • Drafting correspondences
  • Liaising with clients
  • File management
  • Office/Reception duties
  • Attending settlement for conveyancing matters

Essential Criteria :

  • Able to work at least 2 days per week
  • Able to speak Mandarin or Cantonese
  • Able to read Chinese

How to Apply:
Your application must address the essential criteria in your covering letter. Please send your resume and cover letter by email to

Paralegal @ Radford Lawyers

Posted: 22/01/2015

Radford Lawyers is a leading boutique financial services law firm based in the Sydney CBD. We are currently looking for a third or fourth year university law student to assist our team on a part time basis.

The part time role (3 days per week) will require the applicant to carry out both legal and administrative tasks.

No financial services experience is necessary, however the ideal candidate must have:

  • a real interest in the financial services area of law,
  • excellent research and case note drafting skills,
  • exceptional task management skills and the ability to follow instructions and meet deadlines,
  • excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail,
  • excellent computer skills, including competence in Microsoft Word and Power point and the ability to develop competence in other software used by the firm,
  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work positively as part of a team

This is a wonderful opportunity for a law student to take their first step into the financial services area of the legal profession. This position may lead to a graduate position depending on the successful applicant’s capabilities.

Please email with a copy of your cover letter, CV and Academic Transcript