Sydney Summer Clerkship Program

Our Summer Clerkship Program provides you with a genuine insight into life at Baker McKenzie - our work, our people, our development opportunities and our culture.

If you aspire to be an outstanding lawyer, your journey to a world-class commercial legal career begins here. Start with Australia's first global law firm and set yourself on the path to excellence. Kick start your career with our world-class Summer Clerkship. Build your technical, legal expertise through our Graduate Program. Receive outstanding work and mentoring to become an expert in your field, as an Associate.

What to expect

At Baker McKenzie, we understand that the transition from university to legal practice can be challenging. We provide our Summer Clerks with a comprehensive induction program, to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Our training program is designed to help you get the most out of your Summer Clerkship and set yourself up for success. We consult with our Summer Clerks before they commence to understand the areas of practice in which they are interested in gaining experience. We structure our Summer Clerks' rotations according to these preferences, where possible, and Summer Clerks in our Sydney office also complete a one week client secondment. 

In Sydney, our key practice groups are:

  • Banking & Finance;
  • Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets);
  • Commercial Real Estate;
  • Construction;
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation;
  • Employment & Industrial Relations;
  • Energy Resources Infrastructure & Corporate;
  • Environmental Markets;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Media;
  • Tax; and
  • Technology Communications & Commercial.

Most importantly, as a Summer Clerk we want you to see what life is like as a Graduate and junior lawyer at Baker McKenzie. Right from the start, our Summer Clerks get involved in real work. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research and other everyday activities within your assigned practice group. You will also have the opportunity to participate in pro bono files and community service initiatives. Our Summer Clerks work closely with our lawyers, are guided by a Supervising Partner, and enjoy the extra support of an experienced Associate “Buddy”. You will develop practical and legal skills through our national learning program and by attending Firm-wide sessions. Throughout the Summer Clerkship, our Partners and Associates run professional development sessions on their areas of expertise, specifically for Summer Clerks. These sessions will give you the chance to:

  • build your network within the Firm;
  • develop your legal skills; 
  • learn about our practices, clients and Firm structure; and
  • hear about our global training and work opportunities.

We will also provide you with opportunities to network with colleagues around the Firm – through our 'speed networking' program and various social events with your buddy, our Partners and our lawyers.

The majority of our Graduate positions are offered to former Summer Clerks. We also offer our former Summer Clerks the opportunity to undertake Paralegal roles with the Firm. Should you accept a Graduate position with us, you will also be eligible to apply for our unique International Clerkship program and have the opportunity to work for four weeks in one of our overseas offices.

Application process

In Sydney, Summer Clerkships commence in late 2021 and conclude in February 2022. Each Clerk will undertake two rotations. All applications should be addressed to Angelique Holden, Talent Management Consultant, and should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, extra-curricular activities, interests and academic results. We do not require you to upload your CV, as the information from your CV is used to respond to the areas above. We also ask you to complete two questions, particularly as our Firm does not use psychometric or other testing, group or individual assessments, or one-way video interviews as part of our overall assessment process.

To be eligible for a 2021/2022 Summer Clerkship position with Baker McKenzie, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or have the right to work in a full-time role in Australia from November 2021 - February 2022. You must also be enrolled in a law degree or equivalent which will qualify you for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. At Baker McKenzie, our Summer Clerkship Program is primarily aimed at students in the penultimate year of their law degree. However, final year applicants may also be considered. Graduate offers will be made after the Summer Clerkship period to those who meet our performance criteria, for commencement in 2023 and 2024 only. 

Applications will open at 9.00 am on Tuesday, 8 June 2021 and close at 11.59 pm on Sunday, 4 July 2021. Offers for the Summer Clerkship Program will be made from 9.00 am on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 and must be accepted or declined by 5.00 pm on Friday, 17 September 2021. Candidates will attend two interviews and will also be invited to an Panel & Information Evening which will be attended by Partners and Associates.

For more information about our Sydney Summer Clerkship Program, please contact Angelique Holden, Talent Management Consultant, at or on +61 2 8922 5596.

What do we look for in our Clerks?

At Baker McKenzie, we look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who take responsibility and use their initiative; who act with integrity and honesty in all of their dealings, decisions and actions; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; who seek a friendly, diverse, and inclusive culture; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities.

We also pride ourselves on having a diverse range of people, who each have something unique to offer. There is no specific "type" of person we look for. Finally, and most importantly, we look for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand Baker McKenzie's unique offering and position in the market.

Find out more about life as a Summer Clerk 

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