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 two career development initiatives:

  • New Colombo Plan – an Australian Government initiative which supports Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships and mentorships in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • CareerTrackers – a national non-profit social enterprise that creates private sector paid internship opportunities for talented Indigenous university students.

Find out more about our clerkship experience at #kwmclerks!

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Clerkship Dates

Brisbane (Show dates and apply now)(Hide dates)

Key dates:

  • 4 March 2019 – Applications open
  • 1 April 2019 – Applications close
  • 20 May 2019 – Offers made
  • 21 May 2019 – Offers accepted

Canberra (Show dates and apply now)(Hide dates)

    • Applications open: 11 June 2019
    • Applications close: 7 July 2019
    • Offers made: 18 September 2019
    • Offers accepted: 20 September 2019

To enhance the application process, candidates applying for a clerkship in our Canberra office will be given the opportunity to complete a short task which replicates the work our graduates do each day. 

Your response to this short task will be assessed by a revolutionary machine learning technology (called Coeus AI), which will quickly, accurately and objectively identify potential graduate talent.

Find out more about Coeus AI.

This pilot program is an opportunity for Canberra applicants to practice their skills and gain insights and experience in corporate law. The program will run alongside our existing clerkship application system and your outcome in the Coeus AI assessment is just one of many factors KWM looks at when reviewing applications.  

For your information, Coeus AI is not linked to the KWM Virtual Experience Program. Coeus AI is for recruitment purposes only.

Melbourne (Show dates and apply now)(Hide dates)

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Key dates:

  • 8 July 2019 – Applications open
  • 11 August 2019 – Applications close
  • September 2019 – First interviews
  • 10 October 2019 – Offers made
  • November / December 2019 - Summer clerkship 1
  • January / February 2020 - Summer clerkship 2
  • June / July 2020 - Winter clerkship

2018/19 Summer Clerkship one – Late November/December 2018

2018/19 Summer Clerkship two – January/February 2018

2019 – Winter Clerkship

Perth (Show dates and apply now)(Hide dates)

Key dates:

  • 15 July 2019 – Applications open
  • 4 August 2019 – Applications close
  • 5 August - 13 September 2019 – Review and interview
  • 20 September 2019 – Offers made
  • November / December 2019 - Summer clerkship
  • June / July 2020 - Winter clerkship

Winter Clerkship – June/July 2019

Sydney (Show dates and apply now)(Hide dates)

Key dates:

  • Applications open: 11 June 2019
  • Applications close: 14 July 2019
  • Offers made: 18 September 2019
  • Offers accepted: 20 September 2019

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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    Australia’s first virtual law program

    We have launched an Australian-first virtual experience program with start-up company, Inside Sherpa, providing a free online platform which gives students the opportunity to complete similar work to what our graduates and junior solicitors do each day.

    Through the online program, participants will receive briefing videos from our partners and lawyers, and will be asked to complete tasks including drafting documents, communicating with clients, understanding smart contracts, working with our community partners and analysing and advising on corporate legal matters. 

    Find out more and enrol at InsideSherpa

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