Clerkships & Internships

Our Programs

Our clerkship and internship programs are a realistic snapshot of your future as a lawyer at Johnson Winter & Slattery. You will be given the opportunity to work on matters impacting major Australian and international corporations, and on some of the most challenging transactions throughout Australia and surrounding regions.

In addition to ‘on the job’ training you will also have the opportunity to learn from our specially designed training program for junior lawyers. Learning, development and mentoring are key features on both of our programs and you will be well supported by a network of colleagues. Check out our four part video series describing life as a junior lawyer at JWS.

Join JWS, and be a part of this excellent learning environment.


Upcoming Careers Fairs



Adelaide University (AULSS) 2020 Law Careers Fair - Thursday 12 March 2020

The South Australian Trivarsity Law Fair 2020 - Friday 13 March 2020


Queensland (QLS) Legal Careers Expo 2020 - Monday 23 March 2020 - Cancelled 


University of Sydney 2020 Law Careers Fair - Wednesday 25 March 2020 - Cancelled 

2020 Sydney Law Careers Fair - Friday 3 April 2020 - Cancelled 


Melbourne 2020 LIV Legal Careers Fair - Thursday 9 July 2020 - Cancelled




In our Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth offices we offer 4-week summer clerkship programs. This year in Sydney, we will offer an 8-week summer clerkship program with a 4-week break over the Christmas/ New Year period.

Clerkship 1  Monday, 23 November 2020 to Friday, 18 December 2020
Clerkship 2   Monday, 18 January 2021 to Friday, 12 February 2021

Clerkship 3   Monday, 28 June 2021 to Friday, 23 July 2021


Depending on availability you will have the option to pick the program that best suits you.

As a clerk, you will be given access to real work and real experiences. Clerks at JWS are given the opportunity to work with practitioners across all of our practice areas, giving you the unique opportunity to develop a broad base of experience early in your legal career.


Application dates

State Applications open Applications close Offers made
Brisbane Monday, 2 March 2020 Friday, 27 March 2020 Thursday, 9 July 2020
Sydney Tuesday, 9 June 2020 Sunday, 12 July 2020 Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Adelaide  Monday, 6 July 2020 Friday, 31 July 2020 Monday, 7 September 2020
Melbourne Monday, 6 July 2020 Monday, 31 August 2020 Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Perth Monday, 13 July 2020 Sunday, 9 August 2020 Friday, 25 September 2020

Written applications should include a covering letter, CV and current official academic transcript. They should be addressed to Renee Patu, Professional Development Advisor.

All applications must be submitted via cvMail.


Career Development

We believe that a diverse range of experiences helps to develop the legal and commercial skills required to provide first class counsel to clients, and the necessary foundation for later specialisation in your career. From clerkship right through to partner, we encourage and support all our lawyers to proactively develop and manage their careers. Lawyers are not pigeon-holed in the early stage of their careers, allowing them to work across a variety of practices and pursue their interests as they develop.

While on-the-job training is essential for career development, this is supplemented by a structured professional development program for practitioners at all levels. Refer to the diagram below for career steps and development programs at JWS.

Career steps at JWS

Clerkship (Vacation Clerk)

Penultimate year and final year law students

Induction, practice area talks

Mentor and buddy program

Emphasis on learning how the firm operates and practical application of legal skills across a variety of practice areas

Learn on the job, working closely with partners and clients


At the completion of university studies

Complete College of Law

Graduate Academy – core legal skills training workshop

Mentor and buddy program

Emphasis on learning how the firm operates and practical application of legal skills across a variety of practice areas

Building commercial acumen


On being admitted

Begin to specialise at 2-3 years PQE

Junior Lawyer Development Program

Continue to build legal and professional knowledge

Access to clients

Opportunity for secondments

Continue to develop commercial awareness and acumen

Senior Associate
Senior Associate

Consideration for appointment, generally at 5-6 years PQE

Established in practice area of interest

Sound legal and professional knowledge

Manage the conduct of matters autonomously

Develop client relationship skills

Develop commercial acumen

Partner / Special Counsel
Partner / Special Counsel

Consideration at 10+ years PQE

Thoroughly developed legal and professional skills

Well developed client relationship skills

Strong commercial acumen

Technical competence – consistently producing correct and best legal solutions

Contact us

If you have any questions about our clerkship program please email us.