Clerkships – Sydney

The summer clerk program – what’s it all about?

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading corporate law firm and a key player in the Australian legal market. We value energy, ambition, talent and creativity and we attract summer clerks who subscribe to the same ideals.

Each year, we recruit a number of penultimate year law students to complete a 10-week summer clerk placement (December through to February).

The summer clerk program is structured to introduce you to all areas of firm life. If you join us as a summer clerk you will complete two rotations lasting five weeks each in any of our practice areas, including Pro Bono.

What will I get out of the experience?

The summer clerk program is designed to give you:

  • practical exposure to the legal environment
  • interaction with partners, lawyers and other graduates
  • insight into the work undertaken by various practice groups

Our summer clerkship program has been tailored to ensure you gain a wide range of experience and the opportunity to develop your skills by working directly with partners and lawyers. You’ll be mentored throughout your rotations by a lawyer – who will help you build relationships within the practice group and learn more about the law in practice.

What practice groups are available?

You are able to work across any of our practice areas during the clerkship:

  • Banking & Infrastructure
  • Competition & Regulation
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate and Projects
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Pro Bono

Aurora Project – Native Title secondment opportunity

Gilbert + Tobin also offers two summer clerks the opportunity to work as an intern in a native title office during the winter university break. The internship is fully funded by the firm and provides you with work experience in native title law. There are placement locations Australia-wide and students are placed according to the needs of the Aurora project. In 2015, our clerks were seconded to the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin,  Northern Territory and the North Queensland Land Council in Cairns, Queensland.

2016 Sydney Program Dates

April – June  Time to start preparing your CV and cover letter
15 June   Applications open
17 July Applications close
20 August  1st round interviews (Super Saturday)
September  2nd round interviews commence
23 September  Offers made for summer clerkship
27 September Offers must be accepted or declined

Clerkship interview program

What is Super Saturday?

At Gilbert + Tobin, our interview procedure is a bit different from other firms. We conduct our first-round interviews on ‘Super Saturday’, a one-day event where prospective clerks take part in an informal introduction to the firm.

Our previous summer clerks have said that Super Saturday was a great opportunity to take a closer look at the firm and gain more insight into our practice areas and meet some of the partners and lawyers you will work with throughout your clerkship.

What can I expect from Super Saturday?

On Super Saturday, you will be interviewed by a partner and senior lawyer from our practice areas. The interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to learn more about Gilbert + Tobin. You will be asked a range of questions and about yourself and what you have noted on your CV.

Following your interview, you will be invited to have morning or afternoon tea in our café with our graduates and former summer clerks. This is an opportunity for you to explore what working at Gilbert + Tobin is really like.

A panel presentation will be held at midday where you will hear from our Managing Partner, Danny Gilbert and other partners/lawyers about their practice areas. We will also host lunch following the panel presentation.

What time should I arrive?

We recommend you arrive 10 minutes prior to your interview timeslot.

The Citigroup Building is closed on Saturday, so a Gilbert + Tobin representative will greet you in the foyer located at 2 Park Street, Sydney and direct you up to reception.

The closest train station and bus stop is Town Hall.

What should I bring?

Please bring an updated copy of your academic transcript (original copy) and a passport size photo of yourself.

What should I wear?

You can either wear a suit or smart business casual. Our interviewing panel will be wearing smart business attire.

How should I prepare for the interview?

We appreciate the interview process can be nerve wracking and we want you to put your best foot forward on the day. Prior to the interview, we recommend you do some research on the firm and your practice areas of interest, and prepare some questions that you would like to ask the interviewers. Try to speak confidently and clearly throughout the interview and attempt to respond to all the interviewers’ questions.

Remember that you should do most of the talking at the interview, so you need to be prepared to talk about yourself.

Can I ask questions at the interview?

The interview is your opportunity to learn more about the firm. Our interviewers welcome your questions and are happy to provide you with all the information you need to get to know us a little better.

What is the format for Super Saturday?

We appreciate you may have other commitments on Super Saturday. Your time commitment on the day is about 2–3 hours. You can select which events you would like to attend.

Morning interviews: 9.00am, 10.00am and 11.00am

Partner Presentation: 12.00 noon

Lunch: 1.00 – 2.00pm

Afternoon interviews: 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm

Second-round interviews

2nd round interviews take place in September during business hours.  At your 2nd interview you will meet with a People Team representative and a partner in your area of interest.

Following your 2nd interview you will be able to speak with a graduate or junior lawyer. Our People Team will provide you with contact details at the time of your second-round interview.

Pre-offer function

Our pre-offer drinks function will be held following the 2nd round interview stage, in September at a venue in the CBD. Details for this event will be provided at the second-round interviews.

How to apply for a clerkship position?

Applications will open 15 June 2016 and are received through the CVmail job portal.

What about graduate opportunities?

Click here for more information about graduate opportunities at Gilbert + Tobin.

Clerkship contact details

For more information regarding the Summer Clerk program, please contact Kristie Barton from our People Team on 02 9263 4575 or email us at

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