Communities and Justice

Summer Clerkship

This page contains information about the Summer Clerkship program with the Policy, Reform and Legislation Branch. This page will be updated when the program opens for applications. 

About the clerkship

A summer clerkship with the Policy, Reform and Legislation Branch provides a unique opportunity to be involved in formulating government policy, law reform and Parliamentary practice. You will have hands-on involvement in a range of projects from civil to criminal law policy and legislation development.

Some of the tasks you may be expected to complete include:

  • preparing briefing notes for the Attorney General and other communities and justice portfolio Ministers
  • liaising with stakeholders
  • conducting in-depth analysis on proposed Bills or policy reform from other Ministers
  • writing speeches
  • attending meetings and consultations, and
  • working with other Government Departments.
Candidates must be currently studying a law degree, whether an undergraduate Bachelor of Laws or postgraduate Juris Doctor.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate:

  • A strong academic record
  • Well-developed legal research and writing skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and
  • A demonstrated interest in law reform and policy development

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience, and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers, and other diversity groups.

Last updated:

06 Mar 2024