Summer Clerk Program 2019

Job No: AGDSA341
Location: Adelaide, SA

Closing Date: 17 May 2019

Program Objectives

The Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO) Summer Clerk Program offers law students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a government environment, and undertake work within a legal practice.



Law students completing their final years of study are invited to apply for the CSO's summer clerk program. The CSO is interested in students who are high achievers in both their academic and personal lives, with good interpersonal skills, relevant work experience (including legal and non-legal), who are likely to be a good fit with the CSO and who can provide relevant reliable references.



The CSO Summer Clerk Program offers successful applicants the opportunity to take part in a structured program, including training and development sessions covering a range of legal and non-legal topics:

  • Introduction to a state government agency .
  • Tour of the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) library, and training in the use of on-line facilities.
  • Training in drafting and legal research.
  • Information session on practice management systems.
  • File and matter management.
  • Assisting in client matters, under supervision.

Students offered clerkships will be remunerated for the full eight weeks. Each summer clerk is allocated to a section within the CSO, or alternatively will be outposted by the CSO to various government agencies.



The CSO Summer Clerk Program is offered for a period of eight weeks each year, commencing in late November or December. Summer Clerkships conclude in time for students to attend the first Practical Legal Training Program offered by the Law Society.



Each year 6-7 placements are offered to law students across CSO. Placements are highly sought after and extremely competitive.



Applications for the Summer Clerk Program close on 17 May 2019. Interviews will be conducted by June, with all offers being completed by the end of July.


Selection Criteria

Each application will be assessed upon the criteria set out in the ‘participants’ section above based on the responses to the online application and presentation at interview will also be assessed.

Employment is dependent upon a National Police Certificate clearance that the AGD finds satisfactory.


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Please provide your University Academic Summary – Law Results Only (unofficial) by saving your results into a Word Document or PDF and attaching this after you have answered all the questions below.

Please do not attach a resume or cover letter – your application will be assessed based on your answers to the set questions to allow adequate comparison of all applicants.


All applications must be submitted by answering the questions below and following the prompts in the next page to attach the relevant documents. 


All enquiries should be directed to the Business Services Section, phone (08) 8207 1720 or email


You may wish to create your answers in Microsoft Word, then copy and paste into the relevant fields of this application form. This will also ensure your answers are not lost if you are timed out of the system.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please note: Application intake closes at 5pm, 17 May 2019

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