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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Applications Open
31 Jan 2020
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1 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Jan 2021
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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
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28 Feb 2020
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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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27 Feb 2020
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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
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IT & Computer Science
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2 Mar 2020
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5 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
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Engineering & Mathematics
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Applications Open
24 Feb 2020
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5 Apr 2020
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1 Feb 2021
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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
6 Mar 2020
Applications Close
5 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Mar 2021

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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Applications Open
2 Mar 2020
Applications Close
12 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Mar 2021
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Graduate Job

Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Applications Open
2 Mar 2020
Applications Close
12 Apr 2020
Start Date
22 Feb 2021
Number of Vacancies
12
Minimum Salary
$70,000
Maximum Salary
$74,999

Graduate Job

Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Applications Open
2 Mar 2020
Applications Close
12 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021

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
At Baker McKenzie, the culture is unrivalled and the legal opportunities are infinite. I am looking forward to seeing what my future career at Baker McKenzie holds.

Kristina Hewetson

  • Graduate stories
At Baker McKenzie, the culture is unrivalled and the legal opportunities are infinite. I am looking forward to seeing what my future career at Baker McKenzie holds.

Kristina Hewetson

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  • Graduate stories
The International Clerkship promised a different perspective of everyday life as a professional in a top law firm, as well as a local, finding my place in a new home.

Jessica Tang

  • Graduate stories
The International Clerkship promised a different perspective of everyday life as a professional in a top law firm, as well as a local, finding my place in a new home.

Jessica Tang

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  • Graduate stories
The firm actively demonstrates a commitment to providing the best experiences and learning & development opportunities for its youngest lawyers to become the best lawyers that they can be – right from the start.

Khushaal Vyas

  • Graduate stories
The firm actively demonstrates a commitment to providing the best experiences and learning & development opportunities for its youngest lawyers to become the best lawyers that they can be – right from the start.

Khushaal Vyas

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  • Graduate stories
Baker McKenzie has given me countless opportunities to collaborate and develop relationships with clients and lawyers of differing cultural backgrounds from all over the world.

Harrison Chen

  • Graduate stories
Baker McKenzie has given me countless opportunities to collaborate and develop relationships with clients and lawyers of differing cultural backgrounds from all over the world.

Harrison Chen

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  • Graduate stories
I enjoy working with a highly engaged, knowledgeable and innovative workforce that has a strong belief in the purpose of the agency - to accelerate carbon abatement for Australia.

Dean Allen

  • Graduate stories
I enjoy working with a highly engaged, knowledgeable and innovative workforce that has a strong belief in the purpose of the agency - to accelerate carbon abatement for Australia.

Dean Allen

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  • Graduate stories
I love that there are a lot of really great opportunities available to me, even as an early career lawyer.

Joshua Travers

  • Graduate stories
I love that there are a lot of really great opportunities available to me, even as an early career lawyer.

Joshua Travers

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  • Graduate stories
At Baker McKenzie, the culture is unrivalled and the legal opportunities are infinite. I am looking forward to seeing what my future career at Baker McKenzie holds.

Kristina Hewetson

  • Graduate stories
At Baker McKenzie, the culture is unrivalled and the legal opportunities are infinite. I am looking forward to seeing what my future career at Baker McKenzie holds.

Kristina Hewetson

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  • Graduate stories
The International Clerkship promised a different perspective of everyday life as a professional in a top law firm, as well as a local, finding my place in a new home.

Jessica Tang

  • Graduate stories
The International Clerkship promised a different perspective of everyday life as a professional in a top law firm, as well as a local, finding my place in a new home.

Jessica Tang

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  • Graduate stories
The firm actively demonstrates a commitment to providing the best experiences and learning & development opportunities for its youngest lawyers to become the best lawyers that they can be – right from the start.

Khushaal Vyas

  • Graduate stories
The firm actively demonstrates a commitment to providing the best experiences and learning & development opportunities for its youngest lawyers to become the best lawyers that they can be – right from the start.

Khushaal Vyas

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  • Graduate stories
Baker McKenzie has given me countless opportunities to collaborate and develop relationships with clients and lawyers of differing cultural backgrounds from all over the world.

Harrison Chen

  • Graduate stories
Baker McKenzie has given me countless opportunities to collaborate and develop relationships with clients and lawyers of differing cultural backgrounds from all over the world.

Harrison Chen

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  • Graduate stories
I enjoy working with a highly engaged, knowledgeable and innovative workforce that has a strong belief in the purpose of the agency - to accelerate carbon abatement for Australia.

Dean Allen

  • Graduate stories
I enjoy working with a highly engaged, knowledgeable and innovative workforce that has a strong belief in the purpose of the agency - to accelerate carbon abatement for Australia.

Dean Allen

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  • Graduate stories
I love that there are a lot of really great opportunities available to me, even as an early career lawyer.

Joshua Travers

  • Graduate stories
I love that there are a lot of really great opportunities available to me, even as an early career lawyer.

Joshua Travers

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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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Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance)/Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia in 2018 and is now working as a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.
  • Day in the life

Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance)/Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia in 2018 and is now working as a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.
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Sibaunne Scott

Sibaunne Scott completed a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
  • Day in the life

Sibaunne Scott

Sibaunne Scott completed a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
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Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
  • Day in the life

Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
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  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
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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

Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance)/Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia in 2018 and is now working as a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.
  • Day in the life

Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance)/Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia in 2018 and is now working as a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.
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  • Day in the life

Sibaunne Scott

Sibaunne Scott completed a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
  • Day in the life

Sibaunne Scott

Sibaunne Scott completed a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
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  • Day in the life

Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
  • Day in the life

Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
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  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
  • Day in the life

Tamara Charlwood

Tamara Charlwood studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2018 prior to becoming a Juris Doctor and is now working as a Graduate Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.
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