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10 tips for preparing seasonal clerkship and traineeship applications

10 tips for preparing seasonal clerkship and traineeship applications

Applications for Seasonal Clerkships and Traineeships have now opened pursuant to the 2013 LIV Traineeship & Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with those guidelines I would encourage you to check them out. They were established in 2009 to ensure fairness throughout the recruitment process and Victorian law firms and other legal organisations that recruit graduates can elect to be signatories to those guidelines. To date, there are close to 80 signatories.

For those of you that are about to embark on preparing your Seasonal Clerkship and Traineeship applications, here are my 10 favourites from the 35 tips presented at the Careers Sessions which formed part of the 2013 LIV Legal Careers Fair.

Covering Letters

  1. Avoid sole reliance on templates - tailor each letter (e.g. Why do you want to work for that particular firm?)
  2. Specify practice areas that are of particular interest to you and why
  3. Make practical use of the cover letter – e.g. include availability for interviews

Resumes


  1. Check what information the firm has requested and adapt your resume accordingly
  2. Include educational history, academic achievements and your academic university transcript
  3. Include work experience – employment period, responsibilities, achievements and hours worked
  4. Include recent and relevant volunteering and extracurricular activities

Interviews


  1. Research your interviewer and the firm or organisation's current activities
  2. Adopt the STAR technique at interviews (situation, task, action, result)
  3. Practise responses to interview questions but avoid appearing as if you're reading a script

Don’t worry if you missed out on attending the fair this year as we will be holding this event annually and look forward to seeing you there in 2014!

If you have any questions concerning the 2013 LIV Traineeship & Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines or have some feedback regarding this year’s fair please contact the Young Lawyers Section on 9607 9370 or email younglaw@liv.asn.au.

Law students should also be mindful that there are law firms and organisations that are not signatories to the abovementioned guidelines and will, therefore have their own unique application process for clerkships and traineeships. Students are encouraged to check each firm/ organisation’s website for further information.

Do you have any tips or advice for law graduates about to embark on their career in the law?

 
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