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The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is pleased to participate in the annual Summer Clerkship Program of the NSW Law Society. We are offering positions in 2019/2020 so if you are a student in your penultimate year, spend part of your vacation with us and you’ll get a great understanding of how we go about meeting the needs of our clients.   (Image is of CEO Roxane Marcelle-Shaw (r) and Director John R.Rappell (l) with 2018/2019 Summer Clerks at the PSA).

These positions provide a unique opportunity to be involved in government regulatory practice. You will have hands-on involvement in schemes work and a range of projects. Some of the tasks you may be expected to complete are:

·         Legal research projects;

·         Preparation of briefs;

·         Providing case reviews and summaries; and

·         Providing legislative interpretation.

A summer clerkship with the PSA is suited to students who enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic workplace; have excelled in a variety of academic and non-academic fields; and are interested in pursuing a career in government regulation or public policy.

Information on the Summer Clerkship Program, including eligibility requirements and conditions of participation, is available from the Law Society of NSW – LegalVitae.  

Your Application

You must comply with the Law Society’s eligibility and how to apply guidelines. Please submit your application to

You are encouraged to complete the application form prepared by the Law Society. Your application should:

·         include a covering letter addressing all the selection criteria;

·         include a CV and an academic transcript, and

·         provide contact details for at least two referees.

The selection criteria used to assess applications is:

1.    interest in, and an understanding of, the work of the PSA;

2.    experience, gained through paid or voluntary work and extracurricular activities, that would enable you to contribute to the work of the PSA;

3.    good communication and interpersonal skills;

4.    strong academic record; and

5.    strong analytical skills.

In your application, please explain how you meet these criteria, providing examples where possible. This must be no longer than 5 pages, including your CV. Your academic transcript is not counted toward this total.

The Interview

Positions will be recruited based on merit selection. To ensure that this process is equitable, interviews are formal, with each interviewee being asked the same set of questions. Interviewees may also be asked to prepare a written response to a hypothetical problem.

Further Information


If you would like any further information about undertaking a Summer Clerkship Program position with the PSA (such as a Role Description), please email