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

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

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

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

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
Location
Canberra - Melbourne

Right now we have graduate roles open in all our businesses. Whether it’s a career in Consulting, Digital, Technology or Operations you are looking for Accenture has opportunities in all.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Competitive
Closing
28 April 2017

The Treasury Graduate Program offers recent university graduates the opportunity to join Australia's leading economic policy adviser.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$63,259
Location
Canberra
Closing
1 May 2017

Our structured graduate program is designed to provide the best foundation for your future success, wherever your career takes you.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, International

Finding the right fit for you is key to deciding where to start your legal career. Since working together is a good way to get to know each other, we offer a range of summer and winter clerkships in each of our Australian offices.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of Australia? PM&C offers exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Roles are primarily located in Canberra however opportunities may also be available in our Regional Network.
Closing
1 May 2017

Graduating this year? Already graduated? We want you!!

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$57,733
Location
Canberra
Closing
30 April 2017

This role is suited to a new business hunter who is able to instantly build rapport with senior level executives across a wide variety of market sectors.

What you'll do:

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$45000 + super + commission
Location
Sydney CBD

At Criterion Conferences , we do our own independent research to produce quality and relevant conferences and workshops across a variety of industry within Australia.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
55,000++
Location
Sydney CBD

About Allegis Group

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Competitive base salary + uncapped commission
Location
Sydney, CBD & Sydney, Baulkham Hills

The TurksLegal graduate program is a core initiative that operates in both the Sydney and Melbourne offices. It aims to attract applicants who’ve excelled academically and are keen to embark on a legal career.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney & Melbourne

Your program kicks off with an induction and education program where you’ll meet your peers in one location, giving you the chance to build your networks across the nation.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra