Vacation Clerkships


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Vacation Clerkship opportunities

Who are you?

Are you a law or commerce student looking to tackle the world of tax?

Do you want to work with and learn from industry experts?

Are you looking to join a firm that will provide meaningful work and mentoring?

Each year, we invite penultimate year university students with a suitable academic focus to apply for a 10 week Summer clerkship program in the firm's Sydney office. Following successful completion, students may be offered a graduate position to begin in the year immediately after graduation.

We are particularly interested in students studying Law and/or Commerce (accounting preferred) or who show an interest in practising as a tax adviser. Our tax advisers are a mix of lawyers and accountants, and many are both!

What will you do?

Greenwoods is affiliated with Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms and our summer clerkship programs are run simultaneously. As a result, you will have the opportunity to meet and build meaningful relationships with a large cohort of clerks, as well as all members of our firm. The program is designed to build on your soft skills as well as your technical skills. You will also be involved in a number of social and networking activities.

As a Greenwoods vacation clerk you will have the opportunity to work on a broad range of tax advisory and tax compliance matters across our industry groups: Real Estate, Financial Services, Energy & ResourcesCorporate & M&A, Projects & Infrastructure, Private Wealth and Transfer Pricing.

Tax advisory is the consideration and provision of tax advice in relation to all matters including corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure, property development, financing and international transactions.

Tax compliance is the reporting obligations that arise from complying with the tax law. This includes the end-to-end preparation and review of tax reports, including income tax returns, business activity statements and other lodgement obligations.

You will be engaged in client work and be mentored by your reporting Director and a buddy.

Key Dates and application information

We offer three summer vacation clerkships per year in our Sydney office. Clerks will have the opportunity of working with various sector groups for the duration of their clerkship.

Duration:  one program x ten weeks from November 2019 to January 2020.

Application dates
Applications are now closed.

Sending your Application
Your application should include:

  • a brief cover letter outlining your interest in Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and taxation law generally as well as your interests and suitability for a position at the firm.
  • a current CV outlining work experience, extra-curricular activities, and academic and non-academic achievements.
  • a recent copy of your academic transcript.

Please send your application to the contact person below by the application deadline:

Jackie Watt
People & Culture Manager
Tel: +61 2 9225 5205