Queensland Law Society

2019 Legal Graduate Employment and Vacation Clerkship Guidelines

The Queensland Law Society Legal Graduate Employment and Vacation Clerkship Guidelines have been established to assist students wanting to obtain a graduate or vacation clerkship placement within a firm. The guidelines are here to ensure fairness amongst firms by providing set dates for the recruitment process. This structured process allows students to simultaneously consider offers received and make an informed decision appropriate to their needs.

We know the process for obtaining graduate or vacation clerkship placements within a firm can be overwhelming. Our Guidelines provide students with the opportunity to make an informed and appropriate decision about which firm to apply for and which offer to accept. With set dates for applications and offers students are able to:

  • simultaneously submit applications to participating firms and
  • simultaneously consider placement offers received.

How to apply for placements in 2019

Each participating law firm has its own application process, click on the firm you’re interested in from the list below for information on their application process.

For practical advice on writing resumes and cover letters, refer to the tip sheet.

Key dates

Vacation clerkships dates 2019

Monday 4 March  Applications for clerkships open
Monday 25 March Legal Careers Expo 2019
Monday 1 April Applications for clerkships close at 9am AEST
Friday 19 April Good Friday
Monday 22 April Easter Monday
Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day
Monday 6 May Labour day
Monday 20 May Offers for vacation clerkships can be made by participating firms
Tuesday 21 May Offers for vacation clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5pm AEST

Participating firms


Graduate employment dates 2019

Wednesday 27 February Offers made to current staff/vacation clerks for graduate employment
Thursday 28 February Offers made to current staff/vacation clerks must be accepted or declined by 5pm AEST
Monday 25 March Legal Careers Expo 2019
Monday 5 August Applications for graduate positions open
Wednesday 14 August Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane)
Monday 19 August Applications for graduate positions close at 9am AEST
Monday 16 September Offers for graduate positions can be made by participating firms
Tuesday 17 September Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5pm AEST

Participating firms


Becoming a participating firm

Firms taking part in this initiative openly support Queensland’s legal student community and benefit from increased exposure to universities and students and a streamlined recruitment process.

To become a participating firm, please read the 2019 Legal Graduate Employment and Vacation Clerkship Guidelines and submit the completed Firm Participation Form 2019.