Summer Clerk 2015/16
"I could not recommend the HDY clerkship enough to gain valuable experience in law and have fun along the way"
From the beginning of the clerkship application process, HDY stood out to me as the perfect place to work with impressive lawyers and clients in a warm, friendly environment.
HDY prides itself on its work in the government sector and financial services. I learnt so much about the variety of work that a law firm can offer and what the life of a young lawyer really entails. I was excited to finally apply my law degree to real world problems as the firm put considerable effort into integrating the clerks so that we could make a meaningful contribution.
A highlight of my experience was meeting such a fantastic bunch of people including fellow clerks, lawyers and clients of the firm. In each of my three rotations, I was lucky to be mentored by young lawyers, senior associates and partners who were all very approachable and attentive. They made sure that I was taken along to court, meetings with clients, settlement conferences and briefings with counsel and they also worked closely with me in the office on various tasks that I was given. After speaking with all the other clerks, I realised this was not only my experience as the firm placed heavy emphasis on providing support to all of us.
Collaboration in the office extended after work hours as clerks had the opportunity to attend a variety of sporting and social events organised by the firm and inter-firm social committee. As someone who is not from Sydney, I loved these events and the chance to get to know all the other clerks not only from HDY but from some of the other law firms as well.
I could not recommend the HDY clerkship enough to gain valuable experience in law and have fun along the way.