About Us

We have 26 offices around the world so wherever you join us, and whatever you do, you’ll be part of a global team managing, achieving and delivering cutting-edge work for international and multidisciplinary clients.

Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. Finance and real estate. As a world class professional services business, our work is incredibly varied. Thanks to the quality of our global network and world-class Business Services professionals, we work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

We are interested in who you are and the strengths you can bring. We look for exceptional people from a diverse range of backgrounds with the passion and ability to become truly brilliant lawyers.

And there’s more to that than just a great academic record. There’s fantastic perception and communication skills. There’s confidence and collaboration skills. Empathy, an international mindset and diligence. And there’s the drive to not only experience everything, but to be a part of it.

Join us as a Herbert Smith Freehills graduate and you’ll do more than just experience life at a leading law firm, you’ll be a part of everything we have to offer.


Clerkship Program

Finding the right fit for you is key to deciding where to start your legal career. Since working together is a good way to get to know each other, we offer a range of summer and winter clerkships in each of our Australian offices. We encourage students to participate in our vacation clerkship program and we fill the majority of our graduate positions through this program.

We invite around 30-35 penultimate year law students to participate in our vacation clerkship program each year. We offer one clerkship each year over the summer. Clerks work in two practice areas during the clerkship.

As a vacation clerk, you will be given extensive training on all aspects of the firm, drafting and research skills. Current lawyers and partners will speak to you about what they do and the nature of work in each of the legal sections of the firm. You will have the opportunity to work with our lawyers as a member of our legal team, attend professional development seminars and briefing sessions on business development strategies and information technology.

Of course, there is also a variety of social events organised for the clerks.

Applications for vacation clerkships should be submitted via CVmail. Your application should include a brief cover letter, a current CV and a recent copy of your academic transcript. We ask all candidates to answer a few short questions about their interest in Herbert Smith Freehills and commercial law generally. Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to complete an online assessment. We’ve included some information on our online assessment process to help you prepare: https://careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/au/grads/join-us


James Keane
Graduate Recruitment Consultant

+61 2 9322 4313

Application Dates

Open: 15 June 2017

Close: 16 July 2016

Offers made: 4 October 2017