Summer Clerk Program

Harmers’ summer clerk program is specially tailored to provide an exceptional grounding in our areas of the law, as well as developing practical legal skills.


Our program is also fun and clerks have an opportunity to participate in the firm’s activities and social functions. Clerks work within a vibrant team and become closely involved in matters across our practice areas.

Harmers aims to give its clerks a unique experience of life in the law – combining thorough training and induction, in-depth legal knowledge, experience of working on real cases, and practical know-how about day to day legal practice. Clerks work with outstanding lawyers in employment law, many of whom are recognised as experts in their field. Harmers is a non-hierarchical firm and clerks have the opportunity to work closely with senior practitioners.

Clerks are invited to attend the numerous meetings that occur at Harmers, such as weekly legal staff meetings, a weekly legal staff training session, a weekly meeting of a legal team or simply a meeting of the Business Development, Corporate Communications, Human Resources or Social Committees.

All Harmers clerks have a “Buddy” – a junior solicitor who is a reference point and mentor throughout the Program. Clerks are introduced to their buddies early in the clerkship and often refer to them for advice and assistance.

Sydney Clerkship program:
Applications for our 2016/2017 summer clerkship program will open on Wednesday 15th June 2016.  If you are interested in applying for a Summer Clerkship please complete the following application form and submit it together with a covering letter, a copy of your CV, academic transcript and ATAR results to summerclerkship@harmers.com.au. Please note that our summer clerkship program is open to penultimate year law students.

Summer Clerkship Application Form

The following table outlines key dates in the recruitment process:

Summer Clerkship Scheme Deadlines 2016
Day Date Summer Clerkship
Thursday 30 March
Offers for graduate positions to current summer clerks
must be made and accepted/declined by 5.00pm
Wednesday 15 June Applications for summer clerkships open
Sunday 17 July Applications for summer clerkships close at 11.59pm
Monday 8 August Interviews for summer clerkships commence
Friday 23 September Offers for summer clerkships can be made
Tuesday 27 September Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5.00pm

Interview process: 
A shortlist of successful candidates will be contacted via telephone in early/mid August and invited to attend an assessment centre  in our Sydney office.  Selected candidates will also have the opportunity to meet our solicitors and support staff and take a tour of our facilities.

Melbourne Clerkship program
Currently, we do not anticipate taking on any clerks for the 2016 Seasonal Clerkship Scheme in Melbourne nor do we anticipate taking on trainees for 2017.

Brisbane Clerkship program
Currently, we do not anticipate taking on any clerks for the 2016 Clerkship Scheme in Brisbane.