2024/25 Seasonal Clerkship Programme – Melbourne


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Early Careers


Melbourne, Australia



The role


DLA Piper is a global business law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA and the Asia Pacific. We help clients succeed through innovative and pragmatic legal solutions. Leading businesses across the world trust us with their most complex matters and rely on our seamless cross-border prowess and sector knowledge. Wherever you are, and whatever your challenge, we speak your language.


Unlike many law firms, DLA Piper is organized to provide clients with a range of essential business advice, not just on large scale mergers and acquisitions and banking deals but also on people and employment, commercial dealings, litigation, insurance, real estate, IT, intellectual property, plans for restructuring and tax. It has a comprehensive, award winning client relationship management program and the brand is built upon local legal excellence and global capability.

Life moves fast at DLA Piper, and with good reason. We help the world’s top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems.

In everything we do we’re connected with our People, our Clients, and our Communities. We live by four values: Be Supportive, Be Bold, Be Collaborative and Be Exceptional.

As a firm, we never standstill. We think nimbly and seize opportunities. We’re ambitious and are never afraid to innovate. So, if you possess these qualities too, there could be a bright future for you at DLA Piper.


We provide cutting-edge learning and development programs, and an opportunity to work alongside some of the best legal minds around.

We are looking for applicants to take part in an 4-week clerkship during the following period:

  • Summer Intake: November – December 2024
  • Winter Intake:  June – July 2025

As a seasonal clerk, you can expect a varied experience both in and outside the office. You will work in a creative, dynamic environment with some of the best legal professionals in the world, gaining first-hand experience doing real legal work.

The clerkship is 4 weeks in duration and will commence with a two-day national induction program in the Melbourne office. The induction program will give you the opportunity to hear from the firm’s senior leaders, to participate in professional skills training, to attend networking events and to participate in responsible business activities.

All 2024/25 seasonal clerks will automatically be assessed for a 2026 Graduate position.  Joining us as a clerk is your best pathway to a graduate position with DLA Piper.

Applications close 11 August.

Apply now and be a part of our future.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits and where relevant, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and work-related references.