Working with IP law practitioners who are consistently recognised as among the best in the world will afford you a rewarding career as a specialist IP attorney.

What does a qualified IP lawyer do?

Davies Collison Cave's IP Law Group provides expert advice in the areas of intellectual property, trade practices litigation, dispute resolution and commercialisation matters.

Our lawyers work with our highly valued Australian and international clients on a range of IP proceedings and dispute resolution matters. They also work alongside colleagues in the Trade Mark and Patent Groups on matters from pre-litigation to trial stage.

Seasonal clerk program - Melbourne & Sydney

The Davies Collison Cave Law Seasonal Clerkship Program can be the beginning of a successful career in intellectual property law.

Our Melbourne applications for our 2016/17 program will open on Monday 11 July 2016 and will close on Sunday 14 August 2016.

Our Sydney applications for our 2016/17 program will open on Wednesday 15 June 2016 and will close on Sunday 17 July 2016.

Please complete application form below.

What will DCC law offer me as a seasonal clerk?

Students participating in our Seasonal Clerk Program are provided an invaluable opportunity to work with and benefit from the direct supervision of partners and senior practitioners. The work ranges from intellectual property litigation matters to alternative dispute resolution, commercialisation and licensing, contract law, administrative law and competition law.

Successful clerks will undertake important personal learning while working with skilled professionals who are responsible for protecting, enforcing, and extracting value from intellectual property assets. The diverse range of clients include leading global companies across diverse industries and technologies.

As a seasonal clerk you will be exposed to client work including:

  • Researching  an area of law, analysing points and summarising your findings
  • Drafting correspondence on behalf of others
  • Shadowing our lawyers in client and external meetings which may include court proceedings.

You’ll have the opportunity to work within a friendly and supportive team, participate in team meetings and enjoy DCC social events.

What is the seasonal clerk criteria checklist?

We are looking for talented students who have a genuine interest in specialising in intellectual property law.

The requirements to be considered for a clerkship are:

  • Completing your penultimate year of a law degree
  • A science or engineering qualification in addition to your law degree is beneficial but not essential
  • Strong English communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A penchant for carrying out analytical and detailed work
  • An appreciation for the delivery of superior client professional services
  • A personal drive and motivation, friendly disposition and team orientation
  • An excellent academic record
  • Proven time management skills.

What do past seasonal clerks say about their experience?

Due to the high calibre candidates our Seasonal Clerk Program attracts and the quality of the program itself, the firm has successfully sourced many of our graduates from the seasonal clerk talent pool.

Read what some of our lawyers introduced to DCC through the Seasonal Clerkship program have to say.

Aaron said:

The seasonal clerkship program presented me with all the experiences necessary to affirm the interest I had developed for intellectual property law at university. During the program, clerks are given the opportunity to learn from pre-eminent IP lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys and complete varied, interesting and challenging work (in and outside of court). Since completing my clerkship in 2009, I have not looked back! - DCCL is the place for IP law in Australia.

Ed said:

My seasonal clerkship with Davies Collison Cave Law (DCCL) was a fantastic introduction to what work is like as an intellectual property lawyer. I was exposed to range of matters in different areas of IP law, and I got to work with world leading IP lawyers and trade mark and patent attorneys. The DCCL team were always happy to answer my questions. It was an invaluable experience that strengthened my desire to work in intellectual property.

Jess said:

Undertaking a seasonal clerkship at Davies Collison Cave Law gave me the opportunity to put my law studies into practice and to gain some practical experience in the law.  The legal work I was given was interesting and varied and the people I met through the clerkship program provided me with a valuable insight into working in an intellectual property law firm.

Graduate program

The Davies Collison Cave Law Graduate Program is the place to start your specialist career in intellectual property litigation.

Due to the success of our Seasonal Clerkship Program, we will be recruiting our 2017 graduates from our seasonal clerkship candidate pool.

What will DCC law offer me as a graduate?

Shortly after joining the firm, graduates complete a thirty week training program through a law college, which comprises a mix of online course work and college contact hours.

During the course, you will work full-time with our talented professionals and partners in all aspects of IP law.

See our IP Law Group's web page and get inspired.

Clerkship Application