Arnold Bloch Leibler

Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premier Australian commercial law firm with an international reputation for innovative, commercially focused advice. Our clients include blue-chip corporations, high-net-worth individuals and family businesses, entrepreneurs and the business stars of tomorrow, other professional service firms, and charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

From our offices in Melbourne and Sydney, we are regularly involved in some of the most high-profile and landmark transactions in the country, and we assist our clients with their most important or difficult legal matters.

The firm offers a select, client-focused package of services, encompassing commercial, litigation, property and development, finance, insolvency, taxation, employment, competition, intellectual property and technology. Our clients come to us because they know we are not going to tell them why they can’t do something, rather we show them how they can. Where others see problems, we see possibilities and solutions.


All recruitment for Melbourne and Sydney is coordinated through the Melbourne Office.

In Melbourne, we offer around 35 clerkship positions each year, with three intakes of 10-12 clerks. Each clerkship runs for four weeks and coincides with university holidays – November/December, January/February and June/July.

In the Sydney office, we hire clerks and graduates on an ad hoc basis – usually one clerkship per year.  The clerkship mirrors the NSW programme, with a 10-12 week clerkship over the summer university holidays.

Recruitment dates for both Melbourne and Sydney follow the Victorian system, with dates set out by the Law Institute of Victoria.

Please specify on your application which office you are interested in for a clerkship.

Application method: via the ABL website ( or on cvMail – Please address your applications to Lauri Burke, Human Resources Consultant.

What stands out in a clerkship application/ what do we look for in a seasonal clerk?

When recruiting clerks we look for exceptional people who are seeking, and can provide, something extraordinary.  We value academic excellence as well as life experience, lateral thinking as highly as logic, and imagination in addition to intelligence.  Good grades indicate not just ability, but also that you have the application and commitment to achieve results.  Successfully combining study with sporting, musical, community or other personal interests tells us you are good with people, and good with your time.  The other personal qualities we consider are a willingness to learn, a sense of humour and preparedness to assume responsibility.

What type of work can a clerk expect to undertake?

At Arnold Bloch Leibler, our clerkship programme has been tailored to reflect our graduate traineeship programme, providing you the opportunity to experience first-hand life as a lawyer and our unique culture. You can expect real work and real responsibility at ABL, and have the opportunity to make a real contribution to the firm – right from day one! Working closely with partners and lawyers, you’ll attend relevant meetings and telephone calls with clients and attend court hearings. You’ll be involved in great international and local matters and cases – anything from multi-billion dollar transactions and corporate collapses, to defending class actions.

Will the firm accept non-penultimate applicants?

To ensure you are at a level of your education that can be developed further with us, and per the LIV guidelines, we only consider applicants in their penultimate year of study.

Arnold Bloch Leibler
Melbourne Office Level 21, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney Office Level 24, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000