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Adelaide
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Hiring Candidates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Start Date
Ongoing

Graduate Job

Brisbane
In line with this significant growth, we require a talented individual to join the team in our Brisbane office as a 2021 Graduate.
Hiring Candidates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
Applications Close
13 Nov 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Number of Vacancies
2
Minimum Salary
$55,000
Maximum Salary
$59,999

Graduate Job

Flight Centre stores in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Flight Centre is taking expressions of interest for the January 2021 grad program intake!
Hiring Candidates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Close
1 Feb 2021
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Minimum Salary
$40,000
Maximum Salary
$44,999

Graduate Job

Flight Centre stores in Victoria
Flight Centre is taking expressions of interest for the January 2021 grad program intake!
Hiring Candidates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Close
1 Feb 2021
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Minimum Salary
$40,000
Maximum Salary
$44,999

Graduate Job

Flight Centre stores in South Australia
Flight Centre is taking expressions of interest for the January 2021 grad program intake!
Hiring Candidates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Close
1 Feb 2021
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Minimum Salary
$40,000
Maximum Salary
$44,999

Graduate Job

Flight Centre stores in Queensland
Flight Centre is taking expressions of interest for the January 2021 grad program intake!
Hiring Candidates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Close
1 Feb 2021
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Minimum Salary
$40,000
Maximum Salary
$44,999

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

Advice for Law & Legal Graduate Jobs


Top tips from Graduates of KPMG

Graduates of KPMG share tips on the graduate application process.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers Sydney Office Tour

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10 careers that didn’t exist 10 years ago

Technological change has created new career paths for university graduates to consider – here are ten careers that today's graduates can pursue.

On the job as HR consultant - Graduate Programs at Ashurst

Jo Dean studied Bachelor of Education at University of Sydney and is now HR consultant - Graduate Programs at Ashurst.

20 Interview Questions the Top Law Firms Are Asking

In the lead-up to clerkship recruiting season, we reviewed the common questions that law graduates are asked when interviewing at top law firms.

A strong start with MinterEllison

In the already competitive world of law, today's graduates face a difficult new challenge.

Top tips from Graduates of KPMG

Graduates of KPMG share tips on the graduate application process.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers Sydney Office Tour

Take a sneak peek inside Sparke Helmore Lawyers's office facilities in Sydney, where new graduates start their career!

10 careers that didn’t exist 10 years ago

Technological change has created new career paths for university graduates to consider – here are ten careers that today's graduates can pursue.

On the job as HR consultant - Graduate Programs at Ashurst

Jo Dean studied Bachelor of Education at University of Sydney and is now HR consultant - Graduate Programs at Ashurst.

20 Interview Questions the Top Law Firms Are Asking

In the lead-up to clerkship recruiting season, we reviewed the common questions that law graduates are asked when interviewing at top law firms.

A strong start with MinterEllison

In the already competitive world of law, today's graduates face a difficult new challenge.

Videos for Law & Legal Graduate Jobs


Question One

What tips and advice can you give regarding clerkship applications? if you did clerk at Allens is there anything you wish you knew before you applied?

Why did you choose Ashurst and how would you describe the culture?

Learn how Ashurst Graduate Programme is a unique experience.

Question Two

What makes you decide to join Allens? What have you learnt and how does it help your career progress in general?

Question Three

How is graduate development fostered by Allens?

Question Four

How is graduate developments fostered by Allens?

Question Five

What experiences do you think Allens looks for when taking grads and clerks? And what were some experiences that you thought helped in being accepted into Allens?

Question One

What tips and advice can you give regarding clerkship applications? if you did clerk at Allens is there anything you wish you knew before you applied?

Why did you choose Ashurst and how would you describe the culture?

Learn how Ashurst Graduate Programme is a unique experience.

Question Two

What makes you decide to join Allens? What have you learnt and how does it help your career progress in general?

Question Three

How is graduate development fostered by Allens?

Question Four

How is graduate developments fostered by Allens?

Question Five

What experiences do you think Allens looks for when taking grads and clerks? And what were some experiences that you thought helped in being accepted into Allens?

Law & Legal Graduate Jobs Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Applying this framework to my research of firms, Baker McKenzie emerged as a clear frontrunner, and I was thrilled to undertake a Seasonal Clerkship at the Firm in February 2019.

Matthew Jarrett

  • Graduate stories
Applying this framework to my research of firms, Baker McKenzie emerged as a clear frontrunner, and I was thrilled to undertake a Seasonal Clerkship at the Firm in February 2019.

Matthew Jarrett

  • Graduate stories
As one of the world's leading financial centres, a secondment to Johannesburg was an exciting prospect to develop my network and skillset on the African continent.

Ellen Leishman

  • Graduate stories
As one of the world's leading financial centres, a secondment to Johannesburg was an exciting prospect to develop my network and skillset on the African continent.

Ellen Leishman

  • Graduate stories
It is really rewarding to be able to effect change and make a difference to the people in our Firm via these initiatives!

Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore

  • Graduate stories
It is really rewarding to be able to effect change and make a difference to the people in our Firm via these initiatives!

Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore

  • Graduate stories
I was always amazed when I was able to use my knowledge from university to draft a memo which later went out to the client either in its original form or with only minor edits.

Sebastian Davies-Mills

  • Graduate stories
I was always amazed when I was able to use my knowledge from university to draft a memo which later went out to the client either in its original form or with only minor edits.

Sebastian Davies-Mills

  • Graduate stories
As a clerk, paralegal and then graduate entering the legal market, I was excited to get into work at HSF and frustrated at the many stumbling blocks that would pop up along the way.

Audrey Vong

  • Graduate stories
As a clerk, paralegal and then graduate entering the legal market, I was excited to get into work at HSF and frustrated at the many stumbling blocks that would pop up along the way.

Audrey Vong

  • Graduate stories
Herbert Smith Freehills provided a very strong support network during my time away from home and made it an incredibly valuable experience.

Siobhan Lane

  • Graduate stories
Herbert Smith Freehills provided a very strong support network during my time away from home and made it an incredibly valuable experience.

Siobhan Lane

  • Graduate stories
Applying this framework to my research of firms, Baker McKenzie emerged as a clear frontrunner, and I was thrilled to undertake a Seasonal Clerkship at the Firm in February 2019.

Matthew Jarrett

  • Graduate stories
Applying this framework to my research of firms, Baker McKenzie emerged as a clear frontrunner, and I was thrilled to undertake a Seasonal Clerkship at the Firm in February 2019.

Matthew Jarrett

  • Graduate stories
As one of the world's leading financial centres, a secondment to Johannesburg was an exciting prospect to develop my network and skillset on the African continent.

Ellen Leishman

  • Graduate stories
As one of the world's leading financial centres, a secondment to Johannesburg was an exciting prospect to develop my network and skillset on the African continent.

Ellen Leishman

  • Graduate stories
It is really rewarding to be able to effect change and make a difference to the people in our Firm via these initiatives!

Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore

  • Graduate stories
It is really rewarding to be able to effect change and make a difference to the people in our Firm via these initiatives!

Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore

  • Graduate stories
I was always amazed when I was able to use my knowledge from university to draft a memo which later went out to the client either in its original form or with only minor edits.

Sebastian Davies-Mills

  • Graduate stories
I was always amazed when I was able to use my knowledge from university to draft a memo which later went out to the client either in its original form or with only minor edits.

Sebastian Davies-Mills

  • Graduate stories
As a clerk, paralegal and then graduate entering the legal market, I was excited to get into work at HSF and frustrated at the many stumbling blocks that would pop up along the way.

Audrey Vong

  • Graduate stories
As a clerk, paralegal and then graduate entering the legal market, I was excited to get into work at HSF and frustrated at the many stumbling blocks that would pop up along the way.

Audrey Vong

  • Graduate stories
Herbert Smith Freehills provided a very strong support network during my time away from home and made it an incredibly valuable experience.

Siobhan Lane

  • Graduate stories
Herbert Smith Freehills provided a very strong support network during my time away from home and made it an incredibly valuable experience.

Siobhan Lane

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.
  • 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.
  • Day in the life

Harriet Craig

Harriet Craig studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts and a Lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Harriet Craig

Harriet Craig studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts and a Lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Crosby Radburn

Crosby Radburn studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Crosby Radburn

Crosby Radburn studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill studied Juris Doctor and a Lawyer - Corporate/Commercial Technology & Sourcing at K&L Gates.
  • Day in the life

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill studied Juris Doctor and a Lawyer - Corporate/Commercial Technology & Sourcing at K&L Gates.
  • Day in the life

Joanna Bielby

Joanna Bielby studied Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Lawyer - Finance at K&L Gates.
  • Day in the life

Joanna Bielby

Joanna Bielby studied Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Lawyer - Finance at K&L Gates.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Day in the life

Harriet Craig

Harriet Craig studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts and a Lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Harriet Craig

Harriet Craig studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts and a Lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Crosby Radburn

Crosby Radburn studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Crosby Radburn

Crosby Radburn studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
  • Day in the life

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill studied Juris Doctor and a Lawyer - Corporate/Commercial Technology & Sourcing at K&L Gates.
  • Day in the life

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill studied Juris Doctor and a Lawyer - Corporate/Commercial Technology & Sourcing at K&L Gates.
  • Day in the life

Joanna Bielby

Joanna Bielby studied Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Lawyer - Finance at K&L Gates.
  • Day in the life

Joanna Bielby

Joanna Bielby studied Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Lawyer - Finance at K&L Gates.