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Technology and innovation are synonymous with Bird & Bird's international reputation. In Australia, we don’t just advise leading companies and organisations at the forefront of technological change and innovation, we also immerse ourselves in utilising cutting edge systems and creating new ways to deliver quality client outcomes. We undertake cross-border and multi-jurisdictional work for some of the highest profile global and national corporations operating in the technology and communications, energy and utilities, retail and consumer, life sciences and healthcare, media, entertainment and sport, aviation and aerospace, automotive, and financial services industries.

In Australia, we have over 70 legal experts who are highly regarded in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and having received many high profile awards, we are consistently recognised by some of the most prestigious legal directories and institutions for the work we do for our clients. We operate on a global level with over 1,300 legal advisers around the world, advising clients based in 118 countries.

Bird & Bird is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment. It is the policy of Bird & Bird to consider all candidates fairly, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, age or disability.

We know that engaging a diverse group of people from different backgrounds is key to our future growth and ongoing success. We strive to create and maintain an inclusive work environment in all of our 29 offices, in which all of our people are valued as individuals and are each supported and encouraged to achieve, regardless of difference. While locally and globally we have won many awards and accolades, we continue to remain grounded, friendly, collegiate and collaborative - we call this our "One Firm Culture".

A summer clerkship with Bird & Bird is much more than just work experience. It's an opportunity to discover your potential and kick start your career in law, taking you straight to the heart of a global law firm. You will see first-hand the impact of excellent client relationships and how we work seamlessly between 29 offices across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America. During your clerkship, you will have direct access to a buddy, mentor and a supervising partner during rotations.

Our Australian clerkships are the main pathway into our graduate and associate programme.

We recruit summer clerks and graduates with the potential to develop expert legal skills and deep commercial insight. Excellent academic achievement and common sense are of course prerequisites, but we especially look for well-rounded individuals who will fit in well with our friendly and inclusive culture. We aim to recruit people who will enjoy working with the firm, and therefore seek candidates who have a long-term interest in Bird & Bird and the sectors and areas of global legal practice for which we are renowned.

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About Us

Bird & Bird


Technology and innovation are synonymous with Bird & Bird's international reputation. In Australia, we don’t just advise leading companies and organisations at the forefront of technological change and innovation, we also immerse ourselves in utilising cutting edge systems and creating new ways to deliver quality client outcomes. We undertake cross-border and multi-jurisdictional work for some of the highest profile global and national corporations operating in the technology and communications, energy and utilities, retail and consumer, life sciences and healthcare, media, entertainment and sport, aviation and aerospace, automotive, and financial services industries.

In Australia, we have over 70 legal experts who are highly regarded in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and having received many high profile awards, we are consistently recognised by some of the most prestigious legal directories and institutions for the work we do for our clients. We operate on a global level with over 1,300 legal advisers around the world, advising clients based in 118 countries.

Today, the depth of experience in each sector, and the fact so many of our lawyers and legal practitioners around the world have worked in-house or have relevant degrees that complement their legal qualifications, means that our clients find they are working with a legal team that already understands the challenges they face.

We are passionate about We know that employing a diverse group of people from different backgrounds is key to our future growth and ongoing success. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment. It is the policy of Bird & Bird to consider all candidates fairly, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, age or disability. We encourage all to apply.

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2022 -2023 Summer Clerkship

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A clerkship with Bird & Bird is just the start of your exciting legal journey with one of the world's best international law firms. Our Australian clerkships are the main pathway into our graduate and associate programme.

We offer all of our summer clerks and graduate lawyers broad-based training in a fast-moving and stimulating environment. You can expect to be doing rewarding and relevant work from the moment you join us.

Each year, the Sydney office of Bird & Bird invites applications from law students in the penultimate year of their legal studies to participate in the Bird & Bird Summer Clerkship Programme in Australia, which is conducted as part of the programme currently coordinated by the Law Society of NSW.

What we're looking for

We recruit summer clerks and graduates with the potential to develop expert legal skills and deep commercial insight. Excellent academic achievement and common sense are of course prerequisites, but we especially look for well-rounded individuals who will fit in well with our friendly and inclusive culture.

Our ideal applicants are sociable, articulate team-players who are genuinely interested in building their careers. We aim to recruit people who will enjoy working with the firm, and therefore seek candidates who have a long-term interest in Bird & Bird and the sectors and areas of global legal practice for which we are renowned.

Working with us

A summer clerkship with Bird & Bird is much more than just work experience. It's an opportunity to discover your potential and kick start your career in law, taking you straight to the heart of a global law firm. With access to senior people across the firm, including partners and management, you'll have a chance to live and breathe the brand, experiencing our business from the inside.

As a summer clerk you will have direct access to a buddy, mentor and a supervising partner during rotations. You will have early exposure to quality work with market leading national and international clients. More importantly, you will be welcomed and treated as a key team member from day one of your clerkship.

You are likely to get exposure to most of our practice groups by attending meetings & events during your time with us. You will be involved in real legal work, which adds value to our clients and which will create an invaluable experience for you.

Every summer clerk, graduate or lawyer we select has the potential to be both a leader of our global firm and a recognised leader in their chosen field of law. A clerkship with Bird & Bird is just the start of your exciting legal career with one of the world's best international law firms. Our Australian clerkship is the main pathway into our graduate and associate programme.

Bird & Bird Application Process

You can apply at the times listed below by sending a detailed cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript to [email protected].

The Summer Clerk Committee (consisting of Partners, Seniors and HR team) will personally read every application that is submitted, often several times over, without the use of any automatic culling methods. While this process takes slightly longer, it ensures we provide every applicant with an equal chance of success.

Some matters to address in your cover letter:

  1. What attracted you to Bird & Bird?
  2. What skills do you have that will help you become a successful lawyer at Bird & Bird?
  3. Why do you want to pursue a career in law?
  4. Describe a situation where you have demonstrated innovative thinking when faced with opportunities and challenges?
  5. What are your hidden talents and/or passions? E.g. Music, Art, Juggling

Once all applications have been reviewed, candidates will be informed by email of the outcome of their application. The successful applicants will be invited for an interview and will receive a detailed biography of their 2 interviewers. The interviewers are typically a mixture of Partners, HR, and Special Counsel. Following your interview, you will be invited for coffee by one of our junior lawyers or paralegals who will have typically gone through the clerkship process themselves. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask those questions you may have missed during your formal interview, and to learn more of our firm culture.

You will receive an email regarding the progress of your application once the interview round is complete. Typically, interviewees will be invited to our Summer Clerk Breakfast. Be sure to put this date in your calendar. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet and chat with Partners and Associates of all levels, and to decide whether Bird & Bird is the right firm for you. 

The key dates for the 2022-2023 programme are:    

Date

Activity

Monday 6 June, 2022

Applications for summer clerkships open.

Sunday 10July, 2022

Applications for summer clerkships close (midnight).

Wednesday 14 September, 2022

Offers for summer clerkships may be made.

Thursday 15 September, 2022

Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm.

What do our Graduates have to say?

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"My summer clerkship with Bird & Bird provided me with the opportunity to work alongside some truly brilliant lawyers who are some of the best in their respective fields. The things that really stood out to me about Bird & Bird were the personalised mentorship that provided me with deep insight into the industry and (perhaps more importantly) the genuinely friendly and welcoming culture of the firm."

Dino Permadi, Summer Clerk, 2017-2018, University of NSW

"The standout experience of my clerkship with Bird & Bird was the amount of contact time I had with partners and senior lawyers. Not only did they involve me with clients, but regularly took the time to explain individual matters in context and give detailed feedback on my work. This made for an incredibly valuable learning experience."

Tom Sutcliffe, Summer Clerk, 2017-2018, University of Sydney

“My summer clerkship at Bird & Bird has given me invaluable experiences working on interesting and challenging cases with top tier clients. I was able to challenge my thinking and was guided and mentored by supportive peers and partners.”

Katrina Dang, Summer Clerk, 2017-2018, University of Sydney

"The highlight of my clerkship was getting involved with clients and being immersed in their matters. Although challenging at times, working alongside supportive colleagues and people who are willing to teach has made for an incredible learning experience."

Angelica Sorn, Summer Clerk, 2016-2017, University of NSW

"I was given the opportunity to participate in real legal work from day one, allowing me to gain a valuable insight into life as a commercial lawyer. I felt genuinely welcomed and supported by all members of the firm, who were always willing to assist in any way possible."

Matthew Bennett, Summer Clerk, 2016-2017, Macquarie University

"My summer clerkship at Bird & Bird completely changed my perception of legal practice. I was given the opportunity to participate meaningfully in and gain exposure to a wide variety of interesting work while being supported by experienced and approachable lawyers".

Callum McGlinchey, Summer Clerk, 2016-2017, Macquarie University

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