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, the 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 2019/2020 summer clerkship program will open on Thursday 11th June 2019.  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  Please note that our summer clerkship program is open to penultimate year law students.

Harmers Summer Clerk Application Form

The following table outlines key dates in the recruitment process:

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 Applications for summer clerkships open
Sunday, 14 July 2019 Applications for summer clerkships close
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 Offers for summer clerkships can be made
Friday, 20 September 2019 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 2019 Seasonal Clerkship Scheme in Melbourne nor do we anticipate taking on trainees for 2020.

Brisbane Clerkship program
Currently, we do not anticipate taking on any clerks for the 2019 Clerkship Scheme in Brisbane.