Summer Clerkships


Each year, the Sydney office of Bird & Bird invites 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 conducted as part of the programme currently co-ordinated by the Law Society of NSW.

Who you are

Every summer clerk, graduate or lawyer we select has a potential to be both a leader of our firm and a recognised leader in their chosen field of law.

While academic excellence is a given, as a leading international industry focused law firm, we are seeking summer clerks, graduates and lawyers who are personable and have demonstrated enthusiasm, leadership and agility in their approach to opportunities and challenges.

Our lawyers have served in community roles, excelled in artistic endeavours or pursued a sporting interest. Whatever your interest or passion may be, it demonstrates to us that you have the initiative to create for yourself and ultimately for the firm, a successful, exciting and sustainable career in the law.

Working with us

As a summer clerk, typically you will undertake rotations in two of our practice groups in the Sydney office. Each rotation lasting 4 weeks. All of our summer clerks enjoy a paid break over the Christmas and New Year period.

As a valued member of a specialist team, you will be involved in real legal work which adds value to our clients and which will create an invaluable experience for you.

You will be supported by a lawyer buddy and a partner mentor throughout each of your rotations to ensure you get the most out of your time with us.

"The highlight of my clerkship was getting involved with clients and being immersed in their matters.  Although challenging at times, working alongside supportive colleagues and people who are willing to teach has made for an incredible learning experience." Angelica Sorn, Summer Clerk, 2016-2017, University of NSW.

" I was given the opportunity to participate in real legal work from day one, allowing me to gain a valuable insight into life as a commercial lawyer. I felt genuinely welcomed and supported by all members of the firm, who were always willing to assist in any way possible."Matthew Bennett, Summer Clerk, 2016-2017, Macquarie University.

"My summer clerkship at Bird & Bird completely changed my perception of legal practice. I was given the opportunity to participate meaningfully in and gain exposure to a wide variety of interesting work while being supported by experienced and approachable lawyers." - Callum McGlinchey, Summer Clerk, 2016-2017, Macquarie University

How to apply

The summer clerk application process for our Sydney office is co-ordinated by the Law Society of NSW. You can apply at the times listed below by sending a detailed cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript to

The key dates for the 2017-2018 programme are:

Date Activity
Thursday 15 June Applications for summer clerkships open.
Sunday 16 July Applications for summer clerkships close at 11:59pm.
Monday 14 August Interviews for summer clerkships commence.
Wednesday 4 October Offers for summer clerkships can be made.
Friday 6 October Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5.00pm.

We look forward to hearing from you in 2017.

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