Vacation Clerks & Graduates Vacation Clerks & Graduates

Vacation Clerks & Graduates

Vacation clerkships

Our vacation clerkships are held in our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offices over the summer and/or winter university breaks. The programs give clerks the unique opportunity to experience our firm, our practice areas and most importantly, our culture. Working as a vacation clerk with the firm can often act as a stepping stone to an ongoing position with the firm as a law clerk or graduate.

"The culture at Barry.Nilsson is extremely supportive and respectful. Despite being new to the firm and only there for 3 weeks, I felt extremely valued and assured that I was doing important work."

James Meehan, Vacation Clerk January 2019/Graduate 2020.

Brisbane clerks undertake a three week clerkship during which they will rotate through our insurance & health and family law teams. The Brisbane vacation clerkship program is open to penultimate year students. See 2021 recruitment dates below:

Monday 5 July Applications for clerkships open
Friday 13 August Applications for clerkships close
Thursday 7 October Offers will be made
Friday 8 October Offers to be accepted or declined

Applications are now closed. 

Melbourne clerks experience a clerkship program within our defendant insurance team. The Melbourne vacation clerkship is open to penultimate and final year students. See 2021 recruitment dates below:

Monday 28 June Applications for clerkships open
Sunday 15 August Applications for clerkships close
Wednesday 20 October Offers will be made                                  
Thursday 21 October Offers to be accepted or declined          

Applications are now closed. 

Sydney clerks experience a clerkship program within our defendant insurance team. The Sydney vacation clerkship is open to final year students. 

Applications are now closed. 

Monday 4 March 


Our graduates are our future. With that in mind we take our graduate program seriously.

Barry.Nilsson. graduates receive the best possible training so they have a balanced and well-grounded foundation for their legal career. If Barry.Nilsson. sounds like the firm you want to start your legal career with, please apply for our graduate program.

In some graduate intakes we will fill the positions directly from our vacation clerk program. 

Please note that the Brisbane office 2022 graduate positions have been filled. 


Applications for graduate and vacation clerkship positions should contain:

  • a covering letter
  • your resume
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • any further material you feel may be relevant

Contact Details for Applications:

Please note that we will include a link on this page to our recruitment portal once clerkship applications in each office open.  


Katie Guarrera
People & Culture Manager
Phone: 07 3231 6185


Simone Matthys
People & Culture Manager
Phone: 03 9909 6309


Marc Marino
People & Culture Officer
Phone: 02 8651 0263

Need assistance?

Submit an enquiry online and we will be in touch as soon as possible, or call one of our national offices directly.