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


Law Institute of Victoria Legal Careers Fair - Thursday 11 July 2019




In our Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth offices we offer 4-week summer clerkship programs.

Clerkship 1  – Monday, 1 July 2019 to Friday, 26 July 2019
Clerkship 2
Monday, 18 November 2019 to Friday, 13 December 2019
Clerkship 3 
Monday, 13 January 2020 to Friday, 7 February 2020

Clerkship 4  Monday, 29 June 2020 to Friday, 24 July 2020

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
Adelaide Monday, 8 July 2019 Friday, 26 July 2019 Monday, 2 September 2019
Brisbane Monday, 4 March 2019 Monday, 1 April 2019 Monday, 20 May 2019
Melbourne Monday, 8 July 2019 Sunday, 11 August 2019 Thursday, 10 October 2019
Perth Monday, 15 July 2019 Sunday, 4 August 2019 Friday, 20 September 2019

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

All applications must be submitted via cvMail.


In Sydney, we do things differently! JWS offers internship opportunities to students in their last two years of Law School.

Our interns typically work full time during the holidays, similar to a ‘summer clerkship’, but also on a part time basis during the academic term. This provides an opportunity for you to play an ongoing role in complex transactions and disputes.

Over the summer months we look forward to our interns working with us on a full time basis, however we can be flexible if needed. We know it is a busy time of the year for travel and international exchanges and we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities if they arise.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work in a select practice group or gain experience across all of our practice areas. JWS is an exceptional place to begin your career, build relationships with some of Australia’s most successful companies whilst being mentored and taught by some of Australia’s best lawyers.

Applications open - Monday, 4 March 2019

Applications close - Tuesday, 2 April 2019

To read about our latest opportunities please click here.

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.