Commercial Careers Series 2018

The La Trobe Law Students’ Association proudly presents the first annual Commercial Careers Series (April 17th-May 18th; Week 6-10). As a result of student feedback, we have spread career events over a longer timeframe in 2018 to ensure student attendance can be maximised.

The Commercial Careers Series encompasses the following information sessions/presentation:

  • A series of seminars by top and mid-tier commercial law firms, presenting everything you need to know about applying for seasonal clerkships. Firms will focus on what is required in the application process and what they will be looking for in future seasonal clerks and graduates. It is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the firms you might be applying for and hear first hand experiences from graduates or specialists in their field.
  • Practical legal training information sessions
  • Career planning workshops/information sessions for early year students. These will include a mix of HR representatives from firms, the Law Institute of Victoria Young Lawyers section, academics and also experts from the La Trobe Careers Centre.
  • Networking and CV writing workshops
  • Clerkship Success Panel
  • Careers Cocktail Night

Please note that all sessions will be catered!

Commercial Careers Series 2018 Dates

The following dates are subject to change. If any of the dates do change, we will alert you as soon as possible.

Week 6

Law Institute of Victoria Clerkship Guidelines Information Session

The LIV outlines the clerkship guidelines from year to year. The session includes a broad overview of the clerkship process and the associated guidelines that firms are bound by. The LIV Young Lawyers Section will also be delivering a workshop on career planning aimed at early year students.

When: 9:30am Tuesday 17 April
Where: Moot Court


Week 7

King & Wood Mallesons – Seasonal Clerkship Seminar & BBQ

King & Wood Mallesons, a global law firm with over 30 international offices around the world, will be providing insight on how to tailor your seasonal clerkship applications, what differentiates KWM and the best way to prepare yourself for success.

The firm has a strong focus on global business, being at the forefront of the Asian region and a part of the first international network. The seminar will follow with lunch, and the perfect opportunity to meet the KWM representatives, ask questions, and make sure representatives put a face to your application.

When: Tuesday 24 April 1pm-3pm
Where: Moot Court
Lunch will be provided!

MinterEllison Seasonal Clerkship Seminar (TBC)

MinterEllison is one of the Asia Pacific’s leading law firms. Established in Sydney in 1827, the firm today operates in Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Mongolia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom through a network of integrated offices and associated offices. MinterEllison’s large and diverse client base includes blue-chip public and private companies, leading multinationals operating in the region, global financial institutions, government organisations and state-owned entities.

When: TBC
Where: Level 23, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne

Week 8

LIV Young Lawyers Section: ‘Your career starts now’ Seminar 

This purpose of this event is to enhance early year students’ understanding of what they should be doing throughout their time at university in order to put themselves in the best position possible to land their dream graduate role.

When: Tuesday 1 May at 9:30am
Where: Moot Court

White & Case – Seasonal Clerkship Seminar

White & Case are a global law firm originating from the United States. They are recent newcomers to the Australian legal market and work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

When: Wednesday 2 May 12pm-1pm
Where: MAR 241

Networking Seminar

Run by the Careers Hub, this session will set you up with all the basic skills needed to approach HR and legal graduates.

When: Thursday 3rd May 11am
Where: Moot Court

Week 9

PLT Information Session

We would like to welcome all La Trobe law students to attend the PLT Information session with 2 of Australia’s main PLT providers: The College of Law and Leo Cussen Centre for Law. This is a perfect opportunity for law students wanting information about PLT programs, particularly students in their penultimate and final years. Presentation followed by Q&A.

When: Monday 7 May, 12:30-1:30
Where: Moot Court

Clayton Utz Seasonal Clerkship Seminar

Clayton Utz is a leading Australian law firm with a confident and engaging approach, and a genuine commitment to client service. As one of Australia’s leading law firms, Clayton Utz gives confident, innovative and incisive legal advice. This is a fantastic opportunity to be able to view the dynamics within a commercial law firm, and be able to find out what will make your application stand out.

When: Tuesday 8 May 6pm
Where: Clayton Utz, 18/333 Collins Street, Melbourne

Ashurst – Seasonal Clerkship Seminar

Ashurst is a leading multinational law firm and trusted adviser to corporates, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Ashurst is committed to being a sustainable global law firm, having positive impacts for their client, employees, profession, the environment and the communities in which they are based. In 2016, Ashurst was awarded “Australian Firm of the Year” at the annual Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific Awards.

When: Wednesday 9 May at 6pm
Where: 181 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Careers Cocktail Night

The Careers Cocktail Night provides students with an opportunity to network with firm representatives from Melbourne’s leading law firms. Join us at a networking opportunity not to be missed, to chat with HR representatives, junior lawyers and recent graduates, and hear firsthand what each firm offers.

This event is particularly useful for penultimate year students who are planning on applying for seasonal clerkships this year. This event has been a SELL OUT event for the past five years, so make sure you grab your tickets early to avoid missing out – numbers are strictly limited!

This year, we will also be launching our annual Clerkship Guide at the Cocktail Night!

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Meet representatives from:

Baker McKenzie
Clayton Utz
Hall & Wilcox
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
Lander & Rogers
Thomson Geer

Date: Thursday May 10th
Time: 6pm-8pm
Venue: The Trust (405 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD)
Dress Code: Business

Week 10

Herbert Smith Freehills Seasonal Clerkship Seminar

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the worlds leading professional services firms, with offices around the globe. The firm has four offices in Australia and  offers a world-class and diverse team of client focused professionals who can ensure clients achieve their best results.

Date: Wednesday 16th May
 42/101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Resume Seminar

Not sure if your resume has what it takes when competing for a coveted clerkship? Come along to this session run by the Careers Hub to learn all the dos and don’ts of resume writing!

When: Thursday 17th May 11am
Where: Moot Court

Clerkship Success Panel

This panel is a Q&A style discussion with 2 of La Trobe’s very own students who have been successful in their clerkship applications. This is your opportunity to ask any burning questions you have about the application process, or note down some tips and tricks to make your applications stand out.

Where: Moot Court


If you have any question regarding Careers Week, please contact our Director of Careers, Laura De Vuono, at


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