Law & Legal Graduate Jobs

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 has 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

Find the best Law & Legal Graduate Jobs

The Department of Employment offers career opportunities to university graduates interested in supporting national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$62,406
Location
Canberra
Closing
29 March 2017

Are you ready for an empowering and inspiring opportunity? Apply now for Flight Centre's Retail Leadership Graduate Program to get your career on the right path for take-off.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Retainer plus uncapped commission
Location
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

At ALDI, our people are the key to our success. Our comprehensive 18 month Graduate Program will kick-start your career and fast-track your path to retail leadership. ALDI - Where the CHALLENGE is as big as the REWARD.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$85K -$152K package including superannuation + Car*
Location
NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, ACT - Both Regional and Metro Areas
Closing
31 March 2017

Macrofertil Australia, a Louis Dreyfus Company brand, has an exciting and vital frontline sales opportunity where you'll work with our experienced Account Managers and with farmers in the Esperance and Albany regions of WA.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$50-55k plus super
Location
Albany or Esperance, Western Australia
Closing
31 March 2017

Reporting to the Managing Director of Cotton this role is responsible for (but not limited to):

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$60k plus super
Location
Brisbane, Queensland
Closing
31 March 2017

We're looking for fresh-thinking, high-performing graduates with a strong desire to shape Australia's communications and creative industries landscapes.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Starting salary from $60,182 per annum
Location
Canberra
Closing
28 May 2017

Do you want to work in Australia's pre-eminent social policy agency whose mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia?

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$59,040 - 64,060
Location
Positions will be based in Canberra with limited opportunities in state based offices.
Closing
20 April 2017

Our Future Leaders need ambition, commercial awareness and a self-motivated, proactive approach. We're looking for clear, effective communicators who can quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney, Ermington
Closing
7 April 2017

The Future Leaders Programme suits graduates who want a career with real purpose. It's an accelerated development programme that equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to move quickly into senior positions at GSK.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Melbourne, Abbotsford
Closing
7 April 2017

This program provides an opportunity for recent university graduates with qualifications relevant to school corporate services functions to be considered for positions in schools

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Level 3 PSGOGA
Location
Various locations throughout Western Australia.
Closing
25 July 2017

Exciting opportunities for graduates of all disciplines engaging with education policy and supporting schools from our central and regional offices. 

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Market competitive
Location
Various locations throughout Western Australia.

A wide range of opportunities are available to contribute to the management of schools and to support student learning and engagement.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Market competitive
Location
various locations throughout Western Australia

Our Commercial Graduate Program is designed to develop individuals to be RB leaders of the future.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney CBD
Closing
29 March 2017

We are seeking individuals with a passion for IT, who are capable of applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a variety of problems while continuing to learn and develop themselves.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Perth
Closing
26 March 2017

The Business Banking division provides a full range of innovative core and specialised business banking products and services to our Business, Commercial, Property, Rural & Regional, Corporate and Small Business customers.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Perth
Closing
26 March 2017

This two-year, four rotation, program equips graduates with a broad understanding of banking whilst focusing on your specific leadership capabilities.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Perth
Closing
26 March 2017

In the Bankwest Risk Management graduate program, you will gain in-depth experience in risk and have direct exposure to senior stakeholders, whilst developing your technical and relationship building capabilities.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Perth
Closing
26 March 2017

PwC Australia's Legal practice is looking for ambitious and talented legal graduates in Sydney.

Location
Sydney
Closing
14 April 2017

The Credit Suisse Analyst Program offers you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and challenging work environment and gain unique insight into the global financial services sector.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Competitive
Location
Positions are available in Sydney and Melbourne.
Closing
6 April 2017

Start your career as a BDO Graduate.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Cairns, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne
Closing
10 April 2017
  • 3 Year Contract
  • Full Time
  • Hobart based
Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Hobart, Tasmania
Closing
27 March 2017

The ACCC/AER Graduate Program is an intensive program that combines on-the-job learning with formal training.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$59,104 - $67,667 (plus 15.4% superannuation)
Closing
2 April 2017

Our Graduate Program is a two-year accelerated development program designed to support our organisation's longer term talent needs. Graduate roles are available nationally and commence either August 2017 or February 2018.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD, Regional NSW, Regional VIC.
Closing
28 March 2017

BAE Systems Australia's core values of being Trusted, Innovative and Bold underpin everything we do.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne.
Closing
27 March 2017

IP Australia is a Government agency with a passion for bright ideas. We offer a flexible workplace and rewarding career paths in the fast-growing world of intellectual property (IP).

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$62,650 - $72,170
Location
Canberra & Melbourne
Closing
2 April 2017

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