Clerkships

As you approach the end of your legal studies it can often be difficult to decide which area of practice is for you, and in which direction you should be driving your career. Participation in our clerkship program is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your interests and get a feel for what it would be like to become part of the team at Thomson Geer after you graduate.

Why choose us?

We know you’re not just a student on work experience. We want to give you a realistic, stretching introduction to the legal profession.

How does this happen? From day one, you’ll be an active member of the team, working directly with experienced practitioners. We also want you to enjoy your time with us – there are lots of social events you can join, and what better way for you to get to know your colleagues?

We will dedicate time to your development as an up-and-coming lawyer in our team: an investment in you is an investment in our future, and the future of our valued clients.

Our partners and staff are approachable and happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. We encourage our clerks and graduates to get as much exposure to different practice areas and ways of working as they can – this is a reflection of how we work as a wider organisation; a fully integrated, cohesive, national team.

What it’s like to work for us

The law is an incredibly rewarding profession, but we recognise it can be demanding. For this reason we create an environment that is flexible, friendly, personable, collegiate & professionally stimulating.

We work hard to enhance this culture through transparent, authentic communication, and by ensuring we are respectful and accountable to each other every day to provide an environment where our staff can grow personally & professionally.

Our clients are at the centre of everything we do; so it is not only the openness we demonstrate in our dealings with each other, but also the well-established and trusting relationships we have with our clients, which make Thomson Geer a great place to work.

Our wellbeing@work program supports employees to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Our employees love to get involved in triathlons, mixed sporting teams and yoga, and they enjoy massages and healthy breakfasts.

We also have an active social committee, providing lots of opportunities to develop close relationships with your colleagues.

What type of work does our Clerkship Program involve?

We offered a structured program where clerks learn through a combination of hands-on experience, training and coaching and observation.

During your clerkship with Thomson Geer you will:

  • participate in a structured induction program spread out over the course of your clerkship
  • undertake meaningful work for real clients, including opportunities to attend client meetings, observe court proceedings, conduct legal research, draft correspondence and court documents and develop technical skills in areas such as drafting, due diligence and disclosure.
  • have the assistance and support of a supervising partner as well as a junior lawyer who remembers what it was like to be a new clerk and can act as a buddy and mentor
  • have weekly catch ups with your mentor and with People & Development
  • have secretarial support and access to fantastic technology and research resources
  • participate in a formal performance review process with your supervising partner and mentor to reflect on your development and capture feedback from your colleagues.

Our Clerkship Application Process

Our recruitment process is efficient, informative and streamlined, acknowledging the often stressful nature of this period.

In the first stage, your application will be submitted through our website using cvMail. You will be asked to respond to questions about your experience, interests and academic achievements and submit your current CV and most recent academic transcript.

The first round of our interview process is a video interview. This provides you with an opportunity to perform at your best, by giving you time to consider the questions, conduct some research and present your responses.

Those selected to progress beyond this stage will be invited to a Firm Information & Networking Evening. You will have an opportunity to engage directly with our Partners on their current and recent work, learn more about the firm and gain an understanding of the contribution you may be able to make.

How do I apply?

To submit your application for our Clerkship Program, click here during the application period for each state!

Applications received outside of application period for each state or via any other method (except cvMail) will not be accepted.