Queensland Law Society

Graduate & clerkship guidelines

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The QLS Legal Graduate Employment and Vacation Clerkship Guidelines have been established to assist you in obtaining a graduate or vacation clerkship placement within a firm. Firms collaborate with QLS and agree to the guidelines voluntarily to foster fairness by providing set dates for the recruitment process.
We know making decisions around graduate or vacation clerkship placements can be overwhelming. This structured process allows you to simultaneously consider offers received and make an informed decision that is right for you.

How to apply for placements in 2020

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

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

Key dates

Vacation clerkships dates 2020

Monday 2 March  Applications for clerkships open
Monday 23 March Legal Careers Expo 2020
Friday 27 March
Applications for clerkships close at 5pm AEST
Friday 10 April Good Friday
Monday 13 April Easter Monday
Thursday 27 April ANZAC Day public holiday
Monday 4 May Labour Day
Monday 18 May Offers for vacation clerkships can be made by participating firms
Tuesday 19 May Offers for vacation clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5pm AEST

Participating firms

Graduate employment dates 2020

Wednesday 26 February Offers made to current staff/vacation clerks for graduate employment
Thursday 27 February Offers made to current staff/vacation clerks must be accepted or declined by 5pm AEST
Monday 23 March Legal Careers Expo 2020
Monday 3 August Applications for graduate positions open
Wednesday 12 August Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane)
Monday 17 August Applications for graduate positions close at 9am AEST
Monday 14 September Offers for graduate positions can be made by participating firms
Tuesday 15 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 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 contact students@qls.com.au.

 

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