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

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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.

Law Clerk Position @ Hanna Legal

Posted 10 February 2017

Hanna Legal is one of the leading criminal law firms in Sydney.

Our busy office is currently seeking an additional law clerk to work as many days as possible. Applicants are required to have a strong interest in criminal law, preferably with prior experience in working at a law firm. Hours may vary according to the needs of the solicitors.

To apply, please send your availabilities and a copy of your CV and academic transcript to

Posted Tuesday 28 February 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

2018 Tipstaff/ Research Assistant @ Justice Robert Macfarlan - NSW Court of Appeal

Posted 2 February 2017

Justice Robert Macfarlan of the NSW Court of Appeal is seeking applicants for appointment of Tipstaff/Research Assistant for 2018.

A wide variety of cases come before the 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 Asssistants are heavily involved in all aspects of Justice Macfarlan's work including preparation for court, court hearings and the writing of judgements.

Students interested in applying should email , Judges Associate, attaching a curriculum and academic transcript.

Questions relating to the position may be directed to the current Tipstaff, Ms Sarah Ienna, Ph (02) 9779 7211. Enquiries about remuneration and other other formal terms of employment can be made to Mr Nick Sanderson-Gough, Manager of Court Operations & Communications on (02) 9230 8078.

It is antipated that this position will be filled by the end of February 2017.

Part-Time Law Clerk Positions @ Calabrese Lawyers

Posted 2 February 2017

Calabrese Lawyers are a small boutique practice located in Concord.

We are seeking two part time law clerks to join our friendly team.

This role will see you work closely with the firm's principal and lawyers to deliver high quality legal services in a range of areas of law, particularly family law, civil litigation, criminal law, and property law.

Your responsibilities will include generating correspondence, preparing court documents and briefs, legal research, accounts, liaising with clients, organising appointments, file management and general administrative duties.

The successful applicant must have strong written and communication skills, outstanding time management skills and attention to detail.

To be successful you will need to demonstrate a strong work ethic and have a positive, friendly and proactive nature.

Please forward your covering letter, resume and Academic Record to

Paid Internship @ Control Risks - Global Client Services

Posted 2 February 2017

Control Risks is a global risk consultancy specialising in helping organisations manage political, integrity and security risks in complex and hostile environments.

We are a medium sized, rapidly growing company. Since our inception in 1975, we have worked with more than 5,000 clients in over 135 countries worldwide. Our renowned expertise, the breadth of our services and the geographical reach of our organisation enables us to help our clients meet their challenges and realise new business opportunities across the world.

Position Description and Application Information

If your qualifications, experience and aspirations match our requirements please email a covering letter and C.V., to: by 20 February 2016 stating Intern, GCS – your name, as the subject of the email.

PLT Positions @ Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC)

Posted 2 February 2017

Interested in helping asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants? Curious about what it’s like to work in a community legal centre?

IARC is a Community Legal Centre that works with asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants. We provide free legal advice and assistance to vulnerable clients in matters such as refugee visas, family visas (with the majority of our work under the family violence provisions), visa cancellation, and citizenship. IARC is also heavily involved in policy and law reform and community development, education and advocacy.

We are looking for people who can start as soon as possible and are available to work three days a week. You should be nearing completion of College of Law, or the equivalent at participating universities. We have a required minimum of 60 days of the 75-day work experience component of your PLT.

Position Description and Application Information

Apply by forwarding your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (a-f) above to , Director

Applications close 5.00pm, Thursday 23 February 2017

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.

Casual Paralegal @ Ada Evans Chambers

Posted 25 January 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

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.

2017 Internship and 2019 Trainee Solicitor Program @ White & Case (Hong Kong)

Posted 20 January 2017

White & Case represents a tempting proposition for starting and then developing a career at the top end of the legal profession with a truly global firm. Our Hong Kong office is currently recruiting 2017 July Interns with a view of them being potential 2019 Trainee Solicitors.

A great way to obtain first hand experience of what life is like as a trainee at White & Case is through our internships. There are approximately six places available in our Hong Kong office for placements of three weeks during July each year (3 - 21 July for 2017). An allowance will be paid to support your internship.

Vacation placements provide an opportunity to play an active part in the life and work of our Hong Kong office. During the program, you will work within a practice group alongside an associate and assist them with their work. Informal talks with partners and associates will enable you to gain some insight into White & Case and the structure of the training contract. In addition, there are a number of formal training sessions and workshops. You will receive continued support and feedback throughout the program.

In addition, we don’t forget the importance of a social life and there will be ample opportunities for you to network at a range of social events planned during your vacation placement.

Visit our website, Hong Kong Graduate Opportunites for submitting your online application form, CV, cover letter and transcript on or before 12 February 2017.

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

Applications close: 5pm 24 February 2017