Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading top-tier corporate law firm and a key player in the Australian legal market. We provide innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate and government clients across Australia and internationally, particularly the Asia Pacific region.

With a focus on dynamic and evolving market sectors, we attract the brightest legal minds in the country; a diverse mix of highly talented and motivated people who work with some of the world’s most successful organisations on ground breaking projects and matters. We have become the legal advisor of choice for industry leaders who value our entrepreneurial spirit, creative approach and determination to succeed.

We are as restlessly ambitious and innovative as when the firm was established 27 years ago. Employing more than 500 professionals, we are proud of our continued recognition as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and acknowledgement as a pioneer in providing pro bono services.

Our clerkship program

What’s it all about?

During your time with Gilbert + Tobin you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work in corporate law. Our Sydney clerks complete a 10 week placement that consists of two five-week rotations across the firm’s practice areas. As well as becoming immersed in your practice areas of interest, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to pro bono and knowledge management.

We have a structured learning and development program in place and organise various social events and activities that allow you to have fun and network with people across the firm. Throughout your rotations you’ll be assigned a ‘buddy’ who will help you attune to life at G+T, and you’ll be mentored by a lawyer who will help you build relationships within your groups and learn more about the law in practice.

Our clerkship program gives you direct access to partners and lawyers working on market-leading transactions and matters to help you decide whether this is the place where you’ll launch your career.

What practice groups are available?

You are able to work across any of our practice areas during the clerkship:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Competition & Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Pro Bono
  • Real Estate + Projects
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Aurora Project – Native Title secondment opportunity

Gilbert + Tobin also offers two summer clerks the opportunity to work as an intern in a native title office during the winter university break. The internship is fully funded by the firm and provides you with work experience in native title law. There are placement locations Australia-wide and students are placed according to the needs of the Aurora project. In 2014, our summer clerks were seconded to the Torres Strait Regional Authority on Thursday Island, Queensland and the Top End Women’s Legal Service in Darwin.

What we’re looking for

Gilbert + Tobin values diversity and individuality, so we don’t just look for strong academic results. We’re looking for candidates who are interesting people, can clearly demonstrate their ambition, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate. We want people who can identify with G+T’s DNA of Performance, Innovation, Authenticity and Collaboration. And it’s equally important that you enjoy what you do and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Want more information?

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