Key dates and deadlines

Take a look at the key application dates and deadlines per city.

Please note: An application should only be submitted to the office where you intend to start your career as a graduate. Multiple applications will not be considered. We welcome applications for our Australian clerkship program from international penultimate year law students, provided that you have unrestricted legal working rights to work in Australia when you commence in your clerkship (including students on Student Visas).

Brisbane

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF POSITIONS

25-30

CLERKSHIP PROGRAMS

1 Summer & 1 Winter

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS OPEN

Monday 5 July 2021

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS CLOSE

Friday 13 August 2021

OFFERS MADE

Thursday 7 October 2021 

Melbourne

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF POSITIONS

60 - 65

CLERKSHIP PROGRAMS

1 Summer & 1 Winter

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS OPEN

Monday 28 June 2021

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS CLOSE

Sunday 15 August 2021

OFFERS MADE

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Perth

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF POSITIONS

35 - 45

CLERKSHIP PROGRAMS

2 Summer & 1 Winter

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS OPEN

Monday 28 June 2021

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS CLOSE

Sunday 1 August 2021

OFFERS MADE

Friday 17 September 2021

Sydney

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF POSITIONS

30 - 35

CLERKSHIP PROGRAMS

1 Summer

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS OPEN

Tuesday 8 June 2021

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL 2021/22 PROGRAMS CLOSE

Wednesday 14 July 2021

OFFERS MADE

Thursday 16 September 2021

How to apply

Person sitting in booth with a laptop
Person sitting in booth with a laptop
Step one

ONLINE APPLICATION

You’ll need to upload the following:

  • A brief cover letter outlining your interests and suitability for a position  at the firm
  • A current CV outlining work experience, extracurricular activities,  academic and non-academic achievements
  • A recent copy of your academic transcript.

As part of the online application, we’ll also ask you to answer a few short questions about your interest in Herbert Smith Freehills and commercial law generally.

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). The CRS allows us to understand each applicant’s achievements in the context that they have been gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.

Step two

THE INTERVIEW PROCESS

ONLINE ASSESSMENT

If you are invited to a first round interview, we will also ask you to complete our online psychometric assessment beforehand.

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; your responses simply provide insight into where your likely strengths lie. It’s best to answer as quickly and honestly as you can.

It is important that you choose the answer which matches how you usually like to work.

 

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image of two people talking. One person facing the camera is smiling the other has their back turned to camera.
Step three

ATTEND AN INTERVIEW

While we try to make the interview as relaxed as possible, it is a chance to show us your professional side, so pay attention to all those tips you’ve read about being punctual and presenting in a professional manner. Beyond that, be yourself and try to let us see you at your best.

The interview is intended to be a two-way process and provides an opportunity for you to see what it would be like to work with us, as well as for us to get to know you.

Remember, we want to give you a chance to tell us all about yourself and why you think Herbert Smith Freehills is the right place for you.

 

Recruitment contacts

JAMES KEANE
Graduate Recruitment Manager
T  +61 2 9322 4313
james.keane@hsf.com

 

Brisbane

LEA SEFTON
Graduate Recruitment Consultant
T  +61 7 3258 6740
graduates.brisbane@hsf.com

Perth

JOSEPHINE TSE
Graduate Recruitment Consultant
T  +61 2 9322 4983
Josephine.Tse@hsf.com

 

 
 
 
 

 

Melbourne

HONG LE
Graduate Recruitment Consultant
T  +61 3 9288 1937
graduates.melbourne@hsf.com


Sydney

RACHEL KOK
Graduate Recruitment Adviser
T  +61 2 9225 5054
graduates.sydney@hsf.com 

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