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Graduate Job

Australia, Canberra
MinterEllison is currently recruiting for our 2022 Graduate Program in Canberra!
Applications Close
20 Oct 2021
Start Date
28 Feb 2022
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Sydney
We're looking for well-rounded candidates who connect with our clients, our purpose, and our culture and want to make an impact right from the start.
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22 Oct 2021
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Ongoing
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Graduate Job

Townsville
Embark on a career journey that transforms and grows as your ambitions do, with a graduate position at Findex.
Applications Close
31 Oct 2021
Start Date
14 Feb 2022

Graduate Job

Sydney
The LegalVision Graduate Program presents a unique opportunity to launch your legal career at Australia’s fastest-growing law firm. Secure a permanent role in your practice area of choice.
Applications Close
31 Oct 2021
Start Date
17 Jan 2022

Graduate Job

Sydney, NSW
Seeking commercially minded Law Graduates to join our Sydney office in the firm's Graduate Development Program commencing in March 2022
Applications Close
5 Nov 2021
Start Date
1 Mar 2022

Graduate Job

Sydney
This is a graduate opportunity and the specific conditions will be negotiated with the right candidate;
Applications Close
13 Nov 2021
Start Date
Ongoing
Salary
AUD 45,000 - 55,000

Graduate Job

Accounting + Law = Tax! Become a William Buck Graduate today!
Applications Close
14 Nov 2021
Start Date
21 Feb 2022
4.5

Virtual Experience

In this virtual experience you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen the skills required to be a successful lawyer

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


Applications: Insider Hints and Tips!

Lauren Evans, APAC Recruitment Manager, and Jennifer Lau, APAC Recruitment Advisor, give their advice to any law student during the graduate recruitment process with a discussion on what makes a great candidate stand-out.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Sydney Office Tour

Take a sneak peek inside Corrs Chambers Westgarth's office at 8-12 Chifley Square, Sydney.

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.

Applications: Insider Hints and Tips!

Lauren Evans, APAC Recruitment Manager, and Jennifer Lau, APAC Recruitment Advisor, give their advice to any law student during the graduate recruitment process with a discussion on what makes a great candidate stand-out.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Sydney Office Tour

Take a sneak peek inside Corrs Chambers Westgarth's office at 8-12 Chifley Square, Sydney.

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.

Videos for Law & Legal Graduate Jobs


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

Learn how Ashurst Graduate Programme is a unique experience.

Graduate Success Story Billie Parkinson

Meet Billie Parkinson, as she shares her experience as a graduate of Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Introduction by Mr. Elliot Fung, JD Programme Director

Changing careers is a big decision. The idea of leaving an existing career path to go back to school to start a new profession is likely to be just as daunting as it is exciting. There are many things to consider, such as balancing additional schooling with work-life commitments, investing additional time and costs to obtain legal qualifications and entering a highly competitive legal job market.

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

Learn how Ashurst Graduate Programme is a unique experience.

Graduate Success Story Billie Parkinson

Meet Billie Parkinson, as she shares her experience as a graduate of Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Introduction by Mr. Elliot Fung, JD Programme Director

Changing careers is a big decision. The idea of leaving an existing career path to go back to school to start a new profession is likely to be just as daunting as it is exciting. There are many things to consider, such as balancing additional schooling with work-life commitments, investing additional time and costs to obtain legal qualifications and entering a highly competitive legal job market.

Law & Legal Graduate Jobs Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
One week I could be prepping for a court case, observing in court and strategising with senior lawyers and the next week I could be reviewing a dense brief of evidence and drafting an advise on prospects to a client.

Monica Fitis

  • Graduate stories
One week I could be prepping for a court case, observing in court and strategising with senior lawyers and the next week I could be reviewing a dense brief of evidence and drafting an advise on prospects to a client.

Monica Fitis

  • Graduate stories
I believe that anyone could do this job as long as they have the core traits of resilience, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and the ability not to take themselves too seriously.

Miriam Asar

  • Graduate stories
I believe that anyone could do this job as long as they have the core traits of resilience, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and the ability not to take themselves too seriously.

Miriam Asar

  • 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
Be curious, be patient and enjoy the journey - my learnings as a junior lawyer at K&L Gates.

Mei Gong

  • Graduate stories
Be curious, be patient and enjoy the journey - my learnings as a junior lawyer at K&L Gates.

Mei Gong

  • Graduate stories
One week I could be prepping for a court case, observing in court and strategising with senior lawyers and the next week I could be reviewing a dense brief of evidence and drafting an advise on prospects to a client.

Monica Fitis

  • Graduate stories
One week I could be prepping for a court case, observing in court and strategising with senior lawyers and the next week I could be reviewing a dense brief of evidence and drafting an advise on prospects to a client.

Monica Fitis

  • Graduate stories
I believe that anyone could do this job as long as they have the core traits of resilience, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and the ability not to take themselves too seriously.

Miriam Asar

  • Graduate stories
I believe that anyone could do this job as long as they have the core traits of resilience, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and the ability not to take themselves too seriously.

Miriam Asar

  • 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
Be curious, be patient and enjoy the journey - my learnings as a junior lawyer at K&L Gates.

Mei Gong

  • Graduate stories
Be curious, be patient and enjoy the journey - my learnings as a junior lawyer at K&L Gates.

Mei Gong

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

Lloyd Duncan

Lloyd studied a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. The graduate program is a great opportunity to try out any interests you might have, without fully committing to one stream, whether it's in policy, fire management, biodiversity etc.
  • Day in the life

Lloyd Duncan

Lloyd studied a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. The graduate program is a great opportunity to try out any interests you might have, without fully committing to one stream, whether it's in policy, fire management, biodiversity etc.
  • 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

Lloyd Duncan

Lloyd studied a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. The graduate program is a great opportunity to try out any interests you might have, without fully committing to one stream, whether it's in policy, fire management, biodiversity etc.
  • Day in the life

Lloyd Duncan

Lloyd studied a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. The graduate program is a great opportunity to try out any interests you might have, without fully committing to one stream, whether it's in policy, fire management, biodiversity etc.
  • 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.