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Sydney Summer Clerkship Program

About our Summer Clerkship Program

Summer Clerks spend eight weeks between November – February (with two weeks off over Christmas) gaining exposure to the day to day life of a Lawyer at Jones Day and developing their legal and commercial skills. Summer Clerks enjoy the benefits of our non-rotational training program, which allows individuals to work with any practice at any time and tailor their experience with the office and work across their areas of interest. We rotate the seating locations of our Summer Clerks to ensure that they gain broad exposure and develop relationships across the office, however this does not prevent the Summer Clerks from working with various practice groups regardless of their location.

Summer Clerks work closely with Associates and Partners, engaging in a wide variety of tasks including drafting transactional and dispute related documents, conducting research, attending court hearings and client meetings, writing opinions and research memos, gaining insight into business development and building client relationships, and learning about the mechanics of closing a deal and the key steps and processes involved in a major dispute. We work with industry leading local and international clients and our Summer Clerks gain first hand exposure to the high calibre nature of the work that we undertake.

It is our aim that all Summer Clerks will become future Graduates of the Firm. The Summer Clerk program allows both the candidate and Jones Day to use the experience to assess suitability. Summer Clerks who go on to join the Graduate program will attend our global New Lawyers Academy held in the Washington DC office, spending a week meeting their global graduate cohort, hearing from the Managing Partner and senior Partners from across the Firm’s international offices, and better understanding the Firm’s operations on a global scale. Understanding the values and culture of Jones Day is an important element of the program.

Summer Clerk Induction & Training

A thorough induction program is conducted across the first week to assist Summer Clerks in attaining important information and developing skills that will support their time in the Sydney office. We do not expect our Summer Clerks to have any prior legal experience, all required training will be provided in induction and on the job. Each Summer Clerk is assigned a buddy to support their learning, assist with questions and help with introductions to other team members. We run various lunches, dinners and social activities to assist with relationship building amongst the Summer Clerk cohort and across the office. As a highly collaborative and team-orientated Firm, it’s important that our Summer Clerks feel supported, encouraged and included across the office. Summer Clerks will be invited to attend various training sessions held as part of our annual L&D programs including the New Lawyers Group Development Program and the National CPD Program.

Who We Are Seeking

We are seeking candidates who have a strong desire to forge a successful career in commercial law. We don’t expect candidates to have any prior experience or to know what area of practice they would like to work in. We will provide the training and guidance, in return we are seeking individuals who are smart, hardworking, reliable, agile, driven and committed. We want to meet candidates that have enthusiasm to learn and take on new opportunities. Our lawyers are not held back by title or years of experience, those that show the capability are provided the opportunity. This approach supports our lawyers in developing their learning and exposure at an accelerated rate. We seek candidates who will be great colleagues to our high performing and collegiate team. We are committed to a culture of team work, collaboration and respect and our internal practices ensure that this is driven at all levels of the Firm.

To understand more about the values, culture and operation of Jones Day visit our YouTube channel and gain a better understanding of how we truly work as ‘One Firm Worldwide’

Profile of Siobhan Deacon, Summer Clerk, Graduate and now Associate

I started in the Jones Day Sydney office as a Summer Clerk in November 2019 and returned as a Graduate in February 2021. During this time I have been exposed to a range of Jones Day practice groups, including Global Disputes, Intellectual Property, Competition, and Business Restructuring & Reorganisation. The diversity of the work in which I have been involved is a reflection of the flexibility of both the Summer Clerkship and New Lawyer programs. As a Summer Clerk, I spent 4 weeks on the transactions floor (which includes M&A, Private Equity, Competition, and Business Restructuring & Reorganisation), and 4 weeks on the Global Disputes and Intellectual Property floor of the Sydney office. During this time I attended internal conferences with Partners working on a range of interesting matters, and also had opportunities to meet clients, for example at an IPO Kick-Off Meeting. Other typical activities included legal research, attending court proceedings, drafting documents and communications, and contributing to various business development projects. The lack of a strict rotational structure in the New Lawyers program has similarly allowed me to seek out work in which I am particularly interested. As a Graduate I have enjoyed working with Jones Day lawyers in different offices in Australia and around the world, including New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong, on cross-border disputes and transactions. Additionally, even in the midst of lockdowns and restrictions I have been able to get to know everyone in the Sydney office really well, including through lunches, drinks and events such as trivia. I consider myself extremely fortunate to work with such friendly, considerate and highly intelligent individuals.

Closing in 15 days
Closing in 15 days
  • Job type:Clerkships
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  • Work rights:

    Australian Working Visa, Australian Permanent

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  • Position Start Date

    August 2022 or February 2023

  • Closing Date:10th Jul 2022, 1:59 pm


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