Each year, the Sydney office of Bird & Bird invites clerkship 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 part of the programme currently coordinated by the Law Society of NSW.

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. Our Australian clerkships are the main pathway into our graduate and associate programme. We offer all 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 cross jurisdictional work from day one. 

Summer Clerkship

Our Australian summer clerkship is the main pathway into our graduate and associate programme.

Diversity & Inclusion

We know an inclusive culture, alongside a diverse workforce, makes us more innovative and agile.

At Bird & Bird we want our people to bring their whole self, and their best self, to work. Our local D&I Committee is dedicated to ensuring that everyone is welcome here. We are passionate about creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity and equality, and that is why we are regularly nominated as an Employer of Choice.

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The shift to a more sustainable way of doing business needs people who embrace change and spark innovation. We’re up for the challenge, are you?

Our local Environmental and Sustainability Committee supports and drives our global E&S commitment by creating and reviewing local policies and guidelines, introducing new green and clean office initiatives, and increasing our social and ethical awareness as global citizens.

Global Sustainability

Pro Bono

The ability to help isn't always enough. In today's world, more often than not, what's needed is time. We believe pro bono is time well spent.

Bird & Bird is a strong supporter of social justice and we recognise the importance of ensuring the law is accessible to all. We are proud signatories to the National Pro Bono Target. We support our fee earners as they undertake 35 hours of pro bono work each year and encourage all employees to get involved with our pro bono clients.  Our pro bono partner oversees all the pro bono work we deliver and is supported by a passionate Pro Bono Committee, driving initiatives aimed at greater social responsibility.

Global Pro Bono

Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe in taking an active role in supporting our communities to make a difference.

We are focused on sourcing goods and services from suppliers that are environmentally sustainable and ethically made and we support local businesses and communities at every opportunity. Whether it is purchasing stationery or catering from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or buying gifts from international charitable foundations, regional communities, or organisations supporting survivors of domestic and family violence; if we can see our dollars doing good things in our community, we know we are on the right track when it comes to giving back.

Global CSR

Bird Benefits

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Our agile approach to office and remote working enables you to find the right balance to deliver at your best. Supporting you, our business, and our clients in a flexible way.

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Progress your career and personal development with our award-winning development programmes, from our global mentoring scheme to our bespoke coaching opportunities.

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Equip yourself with a broad range of technical and business skills as well as a deep understanding of business issues through our technical skills-based curriculum.

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Home and family focus ̶ Generous family and carer leave and support benefits including 26 weeks paid parental leave, paid leave for fertility treatments, parental career coaching, access to additional family care leave, paid family and domestic violence leave, agile and flexible working policies, breastfeeding/prayer/first aid room.

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Wellbeing – Outstanding education and counselling services provided by our Employee Assistance Provider, free annual flu shots and regular ergonomic checks by a chiropractor, ergonomic furniture including sit stand desks, fresh fruit and snacks, weekly catered [infamous] morning tea, financial support for fundraising and sporting events, sports including lunchtime team games, yoga/pilates, morning ocean swims as well as social catch ups and team outings and events.

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Financial ̶ Salary sacrifice options available including through our partnership with a vehicle novated lease provider, paid support for practical legal training for graduates and further study available to all team members.

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Current vacancies

For more information on our current vacancies, please send your CV or contact the Summer Clerks team.
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A Summer Clerkship at Bird & Bird

A clerkship with Bird & Bird is just the start of your exciting legal journey with one of the world's best international law firms. Find out where a clerkship with Bird & Bird can take you.

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