Being a Clerk

We offer clerkships for students who are in their penultimate year of university. 

Working under the supervision of a partner, development coach and buddy, the program will enable you to become familiar with the firm and how it operates. 

Induction for our clerks incorporate practical, lively and relevant sessions that are conducted by partners, senior associates, solicitors and our in-house experts. 

Sessions cover material on King & Wood Mallesons' structure, strategy and culture, our systems and processes and some key skills to assist in managing legal work whilst you are here. Our clerks also get the opportunity to network with their peers as well as graduates/trainees and lawyers in their own and other practices.

For most, the Clerkship Program is the first stage of continuous professional development at King & Wood Mallesons.

Clerks have described King & Wood Mallesons lawyers as "approachable, having a sense of humour, good work ethic, a pleasure to work with, both clients and work colleagues". Others have emphasised the "ability to build strong and enduring relationships, based on trust, getting things right, focused and technically excellent".

We also partner with the New Colombo Plan – an Australian Government initiative which supports Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships and mentorships in the Indo-Pacific region.

Find out more about our clerkship experience at #kwmclerks!

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Clerkship Dates

Brisbane (Show dates)(Hide dates)

Key dates:

  • 2 March 2020 – applications open
  • 27 March 2020 – applications close
  • 18 July – offers made
  • 19 July – offers accepted

Canberra (Show dates)(Hide dates)

  • 9 June 2020 - Applications open
  • 5 July 2020 - Applications close
  • 16 September 2020 - Offers made
  • 18 September 2020 - Offers to be accepted or declined

Applying to King & Wood Mallesons in Canberra and Sydney
Some students may choose to apply for a clerkship in both the Canberra and Sydney offices of King & Wood Mallesons. For those students you should submit two separate applications via the relevant office's job advertisement.

Academic Transcripts
We understand some universities will not release academics for Semester 1 until close to the application deadline. For those students we ask that you hold off submitting your application until you receive your academics (and before the application deadline), if possible. Please note you can still commence your application and save and continue later.

If your university will not be releasing academic results until after applications have closed, please submit your application with your most up-to-date academics that you have at the time. If you are invited to a first interview, please bring a hard copy of your latest official transcript for us to sight. Please note there is no need to email through your transcript after the closing date for applications.


Melbourne (Show dates)(Hide dates)

  • 6 July 2020 - Applications open
  • 31 August 2020 - Applications close
  • 28 October 2020 - Offers made

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Perth (Show dates)(Hide dates)

  • 13 July 2020 - Applications accepted via our website
  • 9 August 2020 - Applications close
  • 25 September 2020 - Offers made

Sydney (Show dates)(Hide dates)

  • 9 June 2020 - Applications open
  • 12 July 2020 - Applications close
  • 16 September 2020 - Offers made
  • 18 September 2020 - Offers to be accepted or declined

Applying to King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and Canberra
Some students may choose to apply for a clerkship in both the Sydney and Canberra offices of King & Wood Mallesons. For those students you should submit two separate applications via the relevant office's job advertisement.

Academic Transcripts
We understand some universities will not release academics for Semester 1 until close to the application deadline. For those students we ask that you hold off submitting your application until you receive your academics (and before the application deadline), if possible. Please note you can still commence your application and save and continue later.

If your university will not be releasing academic results until after applications have closed, please submit your application with your most up-to-date academics that you have at the time. If you are invited to a first interview, please bring a hard copy of your latest official transcript for us to sight. Please note there is no need to email through your transcript after the closing date for applications.


King & Wood Mallesons requires students to be in their penultimate year of their law degree. We may consider applications from non-penultimate year students in the event they are unable to do a clerkship in their penultimate year period i.e. on exchange during the clerkship period. Be sure to let us know if you have any additional language skills (written or oral).

To apply for a clerkship with KWM, select one of our offices above to see the application link.

Want help with your clerkship applications? Catch up on some FAQs with our graduate recruitment team!

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