LIV Traineeship and Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines

How do the guidelines affect me?

The LIV Traineeship and Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines have been established to ensure fairness throughout the recruitment process.

Victorian law firms, and other organisations that recruit graduate lawyers, can elect to be signatories to the guidelines.

The Guidelines set out the dates upon which signatory firms can make offers concerning seasonal clerkships and graduate offers for the following year. Each firm sets its own application and interview dates. Please note that Signatories to the Guidelines are not obligated to offer a traineeship or clerkship each year, but are obliged to follow the Guidelines in the event that they do.

Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with both the Seasonal Clerkship & Traineeship guidelines.

These guidelines have an in principle endorsement from the Victorian Legal Admissions Board.

History

Prior to 2009, offers for seasonal clerkships were made in May. Winter clerkships would commence immediately upon the conclusion of the June exam period that same year and summer clerkships would commence the following November – February.  As a result, clerkships would take place first in winter and then the following summer.

At the conclusion of the summer clerkship period, signatory firms were able to make graduate offers for graduate traineeships commencing the following year – almost 12 months post offers being made. 

Why the change?

In order to provide more certainty to both firms and students, the recruitment dates started their transition into the second half of the year in mid-2009 and completed their transition in 2011.

Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines

When should I apply? Firms prefer applications from penultimate year students, that is those commencing their final semester in 2017 and who are therefore eligible to commence as a graduate in 2018 and can be considered under the priority offer system. In 2016, offers of seasonal clerkships cannot be made prior to 10am, Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, 11 October 2016.

Key 2016 dates:

  • Applications open no earlier than 9am Monday, 11 July 2016
  • Applications close no later than 11.59pm Sunday, 14 August 2016
  • Firms set their own interview period
  • Offers for seasonal clerkships made from 10am Tuesday, 11 October 2016
  • Offers remain open for a minimum period of 4 business hours from the time the offer is made or until 10am the next business day for offers made after 1pm
  • Students must not hold more than 4 offers for a period of more than 2 hours

The 2016 Guidelines, key dates and current list of signatory firms are now available to download:

Please contact the LIV Young Lawyers on 9607 9370 or via email younglaw@liv.asn.au if you have any questions regarding the Guidelines

Traineeship Guidelines

When should I apply? Firms accept applications from final year students, that is those commencing their final semester in 2016 who are eligible to commence as a graduate in 2017.

Key 2016 dates:

  • Applications open 9am Monday, 18 July 2016
  • Applications close 11.59pm Sunday, 21 August 2016
  • Priority offers made between 10am Tuesday, 9 August 2016 and 12pm Thursday, 11 August 2016
  • Market offers for traineeships made from 10am Monday, 26 September 2016
  • An applicant will not hold more than 2 ‘priority offers’ for longer than a 2 hour period

In accordance with the LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2016, firms have the option of making priority offers in accordance with paragraphs 9, 10 and 11 to those students eligible to commence their graduate traineeship in 2017.

The 2016 Guidelines , key dates and current list of signatory firms are now available to download:

Please contact the LIV Young Lawyers on 9607 9370 or via email younglaw@liv.asn.au if you have any questions regarding the Guidelines

Genuine Necessity

An applicant, who due to ‘genuine necessity’ will be unable to attend an interview during the interview period, should apply to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) for permission to be interviewed at an earlier date.

Genuine necessity is defined as the need to be outside of Victoria during the interview period, for the purpose of postgraduate study, work experience or other purpose deemed reasonable by the LIV.

As noted in the Traineeship Guidelines, applications for genuine necessity must be made in writing to the LIV and include appropriate supporting documentation to demonstrate why an applicant will be unable to attend an interview during the interview period.

It is the recommendation of the LIV Young Lawyers that this application be made prior to applying to firms for graduate positions so that firms are able to coordinate an alternative interview time with you.

An application for Genuine Necessity must be in the form of a letter addressed to the LIV Young Lawyers’ Manager and include supporting documentation demonstrating why the student will be unable to attend an interview during the interview period.

If the request is granted by the LIV a student should include this information as part of their application, and if successful in being offered an interview the firm and student can then discuss a way to arrange an interview at a mutually convenient time.

Written permission is to be granted at the sole discretion of the LIV.

For questions regarding Genuine Necessity contact the LIV Young Lawyers on 9607 9370 or via email younglaw@liv.asn.au

Applications

Genuine Necessity applications should be addressed to:

By post
LIV Young Lawyers’ Manager
Law Institute of Victoria
GPO Box 263 Melbourne VIC 3001

By Email
LIV Young Lawyers’ Manager
younglaw@liv.asn.au