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Law & Legal Graduate Jobs Overview

Law and legal graduates can work in a wide variety of organisations including government departments, small and large legal firms, large corporations, or as solo contractors.

Since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the law and legal industry have faced challenging business conditions, including a decline in demand for services, a lack of new product development and fewer mergers and acquisitions. However, this appears to be changing, with new statistics released by the Australian government predicting strong job growth for law and legal professions and a rise in employment levels.

Competition

Unfortunately, there are still more law and legal graduates than there are jobs in these fields, which means competition for graduate and summer clerk positions is very intense.

Those with double degrees are favoured for graduate positions, as are those who have managed to gain part-time legal experience.

To be considered for a position at a large, corporate law firm, graduates need to have something that makes them stand out from other applicants, such as excellent grades, extracurricular activities or work experience.

Finding a graduate job

Many large firms hire law and legal graduates through vacation clerkships, which involves students in their second last year of study spending a summer or winter break interning at an organisation. The expectation is that, if a student performs well, they will be offered a graduate position at the end of their clerkship.

Large firms in capital cities, such as Melbourne and Sydney, each accept around 20 clerks per year out of an estimated 1,200 applicants.

Major employers

The industries that are major employers of law and legal graduates are:

  • Large corporate/commercial firms
  • Media and Communications
  • Energy and Resources
  • Financial Institutions
  • Management Consultancies
  • Small Businesses
  • Local, state and federal governments
  • Large NGOs or community groups such as World Vision, United Nations and Red Cross

A law or legal degree is considered an asset by many companies and the majority of law and legal graduates find work outside the legal sector in jobs including:

  • Journalism
  • Legal Publishing
  • Academia
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Consulting

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Law & Legal Graduate Jobs Graduate Sucess Stories


  • Graduate stories
As engineers, we are making the world a better place, and that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Yifan Qin

  • Graduate stories
As engineers, we are making the world a better place, and that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Yifan Qin

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  • Graduate stories
Having already had the opportunity to work at Gadens prior to the graduate program, I was fortunate to have a great understanding of the commercial realities of working within a law firm, and the skills that underpin effective work-in-progress and billing practices.

Stacey Nicolaou

  • Graduate stories
Having already had the opportunity to work at Gadens prior to the graduate program, I was fortunate to have a great understanding of the commercial realities of working within a law firm, and the skills that underpin effective work-in-progress and billing practices.

Stacey Nicolaou

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  • Graduate stories
We’re lucky because, in this role, we get to work closely with clients throughout the whole process whereby a new technological product enters the market.

Damien Bailey

  • Graduate stories
We’re lucky because, in this role, we get to work closely with clients throughout the whole process whereby a new technological product enters the market.

Damien Bailey

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  • Graduate stories
I work closely with my colleagues in each state and have learnt that their experiences within and enthusiasm for Colin Biggers & Paisley closely mirrors my own. 

Joey McKenzie

  • Graduate stories
I work closely with my colleagues in each state and have learnt that their experiences within and enthusiasm for Colin Biggers & Paisley closely mirrors my own. 

Joey McKenzie

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  • Graduate stories
If you are curious about the world and want to spend a portion of your career overseas, then DFAT offers unparalleled opportunities.

Henry Norris

  • Graduate stories
If you are curious about the world and want to spend a portion of your career overseas, then DFAT offers unparalleled opportunities.

Henry Norris

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  • Graduate stories
It’s an incredibly rewarding job, particularly when we see hard-hitting articles go to print and know we’ve helped them get across the line.

James Hunter–Smith

  • Graduate stories
It’s an incredibly rewarding job, particularly when we see hard-hitting articles go to print and know we’ve helped them get across the line.

James Hunter–Smith

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  • Graduate stories
As engineers, we are making the world a better place, and that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Yifan Qin

  • Graduate stories
As engineers, we are making the world a better place, and that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Yifan Qin

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  • Graduate stories
Having already had the opportunity to work at Gadens prior to the graduate program, I was fortunate to have a great understanding of the commercial realities of working within a law firm, and the skills that underpin effective work-in-progress and billing practices.

Stacey Nicolaou

  • Graduate stories
Having already had the opportunity to work at Gadens prior to the graduate program, I was fortunate to have a great understanding of the commercial realities of working within a law firm, and the skills that underpin effective work-in-progress and billing practices.

Stacey Nicolaou

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  • Graduate stories
We’re lucky because, in this role, we get to work closely with clients throughout the whole process whereby a new technological product enters the market.

Damien Bailey

  • Graduate stories
We’re lucky because, in this role, we get to work closely with clients throughout the whole process whereby a new technological product enters the market.

Damien Bailey

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  • Graduate stories
I work closely with my colleagues in each state and have learnt that their experiences within and enthusiasm for Colin Biggers & Paisley closely mirrors my own. 

Joey McKenzie

  • Graduate stories
I work closely with my colleagues in each state and have learnt that their experiences within and enthusiasm for Colin Biggers & Paisley closely mirrors my own. 

Joey McKenzie

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  • Graduate stories
If you are curious about the world and want to spend a portion of your career overseas, then DFAT offers unparalleled opportunities.

Henry Norris

  • Graduate stories
If you are curious about the world and want to spend a portion of your career overseas, then DFAT offers unparalleled opportunities.

Henry Norris

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  • Graduate stories
It’s an incredibly rewarding job, particularly when we see hard-hitting articles go to print and know we’ve helped them get across the line.

James Hunter–Smith

  • Graduate stories
It’s an incredibly rewarding job, particularly when we see hard-hitting articles go to print and know we’ve helped them get across the line.

James Hunter–Smith

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Law & Legal Graduate Jobs Day in the Life Stories


  • Day in the life

Martin Fielke

Martin Fielke studied a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and is a Sustainability Engineering at Aurecon.
  • Day in the life

Martin Fielke

Martin Fielke studied a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and is a Sustainability Engineering at Aurecon.
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Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
  • Day in the life

Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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  • Day in the life

Niv Sarma

Niv Sarma studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Information Technology and is an Analyst at Deloitte.
  • Day in the life

Niv Sarma

Niv Sarma studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Information Technology and is an Analyst at Deloitte.
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  • Day in the life

Lachlan Conroy

Lachlan Conroy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Murdoch University in 2016 and is now an associate at Clifford Chance in the Banking and Finance Team.
  • Day in the life

Lachlan Conroy

Lachlan Conroy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Murdoch University in 2016 and is now an associate at Clifford Chance in the Banking and Finance Team.
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  • Day in the life

Sarah Nega

Sarah Nega studied a Bachelor of Commerce (2014) and Juris Doctor (2018) at the University of Melbourne and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
  • Day in the life

Sarah Nega

Sarah Nega studied a Bachelor of Commerce (2014) and Juris Doctor (2018) at the University of Melbourne and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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  • Day in the life

Sean Macdonald

Sean Macdonald studied a Bachelor of Laws (Finance and Accounting) (Honours) and is a graduate in Banking + Infrastructure at Gilbert + Tobin.
  • Day in the life

Sean Macdonald

Sean Macdonald studied a Bachelor of Laws (Finance and Accounting) (Honours) and is a graduate in Banking + Infrastructure at Gilbert + Tobin.
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  • Day in the life

Martin Fielke

Martin Fielke studied a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and is a Sustainability Engineering at Aurecon.
  • Day in the life

Martin Fielke

Martin Fielke studied a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and is a Sustainability Engineering at Aurecon.
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  • Day in the life

Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
  • Day in the life

Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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  • Day in the life

Niv Sarma

Niv Sarma studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Information Technology and is an Analyst at Deloitte.
  • Day in the life

Niv Sarma

Niv Sarma studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Information Technology and is an Analyst at Deloitte.
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  • Day in the life

Lachlan Conroy

Lachlan Conroy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Murdoch University in 2016 and is now an associate at Clifford Chance in the Banking and Finance Team.
  • Day in the life

Lachlan Conroy

Lachlan Conroy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Murdoch University in 2016 and is now an associate at Clifford Chance in the Banking and Finance Team.
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  • Day in the life

Sarah Nega

Sarah Nega studied a Bachelor of Commerce (2014) and Juris Doctor (2018) at the University of Melbourne and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
  • Day in the life

Sarah Nega

Sarah Nega studied a Bachelor of Commerce (2014) and Juris Doctor (2018) at the University of Melbourne and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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  • Day in the life

Sean Macdonald

Sean Macdonald studied a Bachelor of Laws (Finance and Accounting) (Honours) and is a graduate in Banking + Infrastructure at Gilbert + Tobin.
  • Day in the life

Sean Macdonald

Sean Macdonald studied a Bachelor of Laws (Finance and Accounting) (Honours) and is a graduate in Banking + Infrastructure at Gilbert + Tobin.
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