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!


Clerkship Dates

Brisbane (Show dates)(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)

Key dates:

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

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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 2019 until close to the application deadline on 7 July 2019. 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.

For further information on clerkships, please contact Bonnie Robinson, People & Development Coordinator, on +61 2 6217 6751 or email enquiries to bonnie.robinson@au.kwm.com. Please note that if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you must hold all visas and other approvals necessary for you to work for the firm on a permanent basis.

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Melbourne (Show dates)(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
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Perth (Show dates)(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

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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

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Our Clerkship program is a pathway to our graduate program. To be eligible to apply for our clerkship program, you must be an Australian citizen, or permanent resident or hold, or be able to obtain, all other approvals necessary for you to work for the firm in Australia for the clerkship and the graduate program. By submitting an application, you confirm that you meet, or are reasonably able to meet, the eligibility requirements.

We do accept and welcome applications for the King & Wood Mallesons clerkship program from international students in their penultimate year of their Australian law degree, provided that you have unrestricted legal rights to work in Australia when you commence your clerkship and you are able to apply for a visa to continue to work unrestricted in Australia upon graduation. Graduates are responsible for independently obtaining the correct visa.

For further information on clerkships, please contact Sofija Jovic, Acting People & Development Advisor (Graduates), on +61 2 9296 3272 or email enquiries to SydneyGraduateResourcing@au.kwm.com.

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 2019 until close to the application deadline on 14 July 2019. 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.

Apply now


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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