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.

"My summer clerkship experience at Bird & Bird certainly exceeded my expectation. I provided real legal input to some of the high profile transactions occurring in the office."Justin Hart, Summer Clerk, 2014-2015, University of Sydney

"Not only was I closely involved with legal transactions, my summer clerkship meant that I got to know the firm and its lawyers well. I was greatly impressed by the enthusiasm all  the staff had for the firm and its work."Lyndal Keevers, Summer Clerk, 2014-2015, University of NSW

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 2016-2017 programme are:

Date Activity
Wednesday 15 June Applications for summer clerkships open.
Sunday 17 July Applications for summer clerkships close at 11:59pm.
Monday 8 August Interviews for summer clerkships commence.
Friday 23 September Offers for summer clerkships can be made.
Tuesday 27 September Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5.00pm.

We look forward to hearing from you in 2016.

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