Reasons to join our clerkship

There are many reasons Gilbert + Tobin enjoys a reputation as one of the most successful law firms to emerge in Australia.

Here are just some of the reasons to choose Gilbert + Tobin for your clerkship:

  1. The smart career choice

    A career with Gilbert + Tobin is a unique experience. It is a place where you can make a name for yourself through the important transactions and projects you work on and through participation in our extensive community activities. We enjoy a reputation as the most successful law firm to emerge in Australia in many years. Gilbert + Tobin offers competitive market remuneration and professional variety across a broad range of practice groups.

  2. Forge your own path

    Gilbert + Tobin believes in empowering people to shape their careers according to their strengths and interests. An informal structure and a growth-orientated culture mean more opportunities, from the type of work you do to the chance to become a partner. This starts with being flexible about the way we structure our clerkship. For example, the firm can accommodate variations to allow clerks the opportunity to pursue other activities and interests such as the Jessup International Law Moot and summer study.

  3. Be noticed

    As a smaller firm with an open culture, Gilbert + Tobin makes it easy for summer clerks to work closely with the firm’s highly talented partners and senior lawyers. This is reinforced by a structured mentoring program, office share arrangements and providing direct contact with clients. From interviews through to the completion of rotations, clerks often comment on the exceptional level of personal engagement they experience from the firm’s professionals.

  4. Thrive in a think tank

    Gilbert + Tobin is typically engaged on the largest and most intellectually demanding transactions and cases in the marketplace. Its lawyers are renowned for their technical skill and their ability to put forward creative, and often groundbreaking, solutions to complex problems. The firm is also engaged and active in dynamic and evolving sectors such as mining, energy, technology and climate change. From clerks to partners, the firm’s professionals work closely as a think tank of leading minds.

  5. Gain from structured learning and development

    A summer clerkship represents the first step in a well-structured program to develop junior lawyers. At Gilbert + Tobin, all clerks participate in a firm-wide induction and an in-house training program to hone their technical and commercial skills and broaden their legal knowledge. Graduates enter an 18-month program which features Practical Legal Training and wider skills development. Clerkship students also have the opportunity to participate in paralegal work. We also offer two winter clerkship positions in partnership with The Aurora Project.

  6. Become part of a unique culture

    Perhaps the most compelling reason to join Gilbert + Tobin is the feeling people gain by working at the firm. As a younger organisation that has built its success on legal excellence and entrepreneurial drive, Gilbert + Tobin is energetic and passionate. It is non-bureaucratic and values diversity, individuality, innovation and fun. The firm also has a long heritage of giving back to the community through its Pro Bono Practice and more recent corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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