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Vacation Clerkship

Our clerkship program is designed to provide you with a real insight to life at Clifford Chance Australia. Throughout the program, you will work alongside all levels of lawyers, including partners, while you assist with real-time matters.

You will have two seat rotations, allowing you to experience two of our three practice areas. Throughout the clerkship you will hear from various departments, helping you to develop a comprehensive understanding of life in a magic circle law-firm.

2020 Program Dates:

ProgramDatesApplication Period
Sydney - Summer30 November 2020 - 12 February 2021 9 June - 5 July
Perth - Summer30 November 2020 - 18 December 2020 13 July - 2 August


Graduate Program

The two-year graduate program turns gifted beginners into professionals, with the aim of getting the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident business adviser.

Our graduate program is divided into four, six-month seats (rotations) that place you in different parts of our business. You will work in teams with different colleagues and clients, gaining exposure to the challenges they face and the ways in which we help them. While seat availability is subject to the needs of the business, we endeavour to allocate you seats which reflect your personal career ambitions.

Our extensive international network and the global nature of our business mean that it is both possible and beneficial for you to take one of your seats in one of our overseas offices. Secondments are an opportunity for you to acquire new skills and experience, develop your language skills and give you a valuable international perspective in a new business and cultural environment.

Throughout the graduate program, you will be closely supported, both informally and through formal mentoring and training, with advice and guidance from the graduate team and a supervisor in each seat.

The seat process is akin to an apprenticeship. You will work closely alongside your supervisor and he or she sees what you do, gives you advice, checks your work and then gradually gives you more complex things to do as your skills and confidence grow. It’s a great way to learn because you receive continuous feedback in a safe and collegiate environment from the start.

Next Graduate Intake:

LocationCommencesVacanciesApplication Period
SydneyMarch 20224 – 6Applications open in 2021
PerthMarch 20222 – 4 Applications open in 2021



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