Summer Clerks - Henry Davis York


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HDY participates in the New South Wales Law Society Clerkship Scheme. For further information about the scheme or to read the guidelines please see the Law Society website.

Summer clerkships are currently only offered in our Sydney office. Any graduate positions available in our Brisbane office will be advertised on our careers website.


Application process

HDY requires all applications for summer clerkship to be submitted through our online application provider cvmail.

We follow the Law Society guidelines and will only consider applications from students in their penultimate year of study.

You will be required to provide all your University subjects and results as well as your employment history. We will also ask you some additional questions about your interests and activities outside of academic life and your career objectives to help us better understand you and your aspirations. You will also be given the opportunity to provide a cover letter to introduce yourself and outline your interest in HDY. We will handle the information you provide in accordance with our Privacy Statement. In submitting your application to us you agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement.

This year we are proud to be one of the first firms in Australia partnering with Rare to integrate the Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) into our application process. This unique and cutting edge tool allows us to better understand the context in which candidates' experiences and achievements have been gained, which in turn assists us to make more informed and better quality recruiting decisions. HDY is absolutely committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we see the introduction of CRS as an important part of that commitment. In providing valuable context around a candidate's circumstances (including on their socio-economic, family, cultural and personal background) CRS can deliver context for applicants' experiences and achievements that standard application processes fail to provide.

The introduction of CRS means there are a few short, additional contextual questions asked at the end of the application. With your authorisation, this information will be shared with Rare to give us a more contextualised understanding of your achievements. It will then be considered in concert with all the other elements of your application including extra-curricular activities and work experience. It will not be used for any other purpose. It is important to note that CRS is a screen-in tool, not a screen-out tool. It will be used to assist us to identify potential regardless of social or economic factors. Candidates who are advantaged and possess a strong academic and extra-curricular background will not be assessed any differently than would previously have been the case.

Please visit the Rare website for more information about CRS. Additionally our Graduate Recruitment Manager, Carly Miles would be very happy to talk to you about CRS or our application process more broadly.


Interview process

First-round interviews are conducted one-on-one with a member of our People & Development team. If you progress to the second round, you will be given the opportunity to meet many people from our firm at a summer clerks' drinks evening. After all, it's a two-way process and we want you to feel comfortable with the firm you choose.

A Partner and a member from our People & Development team will conduct the second round of interviews. To give you the opportunity to find out what it's really like to be a summer clerk at HDY, one of our junior lawyers, who is a former summer clerk will also be invited to attend your interview.

Throughout the process we encourage you to contact our People & Development team with any questions you might have.


Online assessment

As part of our clerkship recruitment process, we ask those candidates whom we invite back for a second round interview, to complete an online Behavioural Assessment.

The Behavioural Assessment tool is called the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ). For more information please see OPQ frequently asked questions.


What we look for

The quality of our people is the key to our success. Recruiting the right people at every level is therefore a critical part of our strategy. Our summer clerks become part of our firm from day one and contribute to our growth and culture. So, we look for clerks who are:

  • Self-driven, highly motivated and eager to develop and take on responsibility.
  • Energised by being part of a team and focused on "we" rather than "I".
  • Respectful of others and respected by others.

You will need an excellent academic record, some work experience in a legal or non-legal environment, demonstrated leadership skills and a keen interest in commercial law.


Key dates for summer clerkships


Applications open

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Applications close

Sunday, 17 July 2016 (11.59pm)

First round interviews

Mid-August 2016

Drinks evening

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Second round interviews

Early September 2016

Offer period

Friday, 23 September 2016 - Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Clerkship program

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - Friday, 17 February 2017



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