First Nations Pathway Program


As a firm, we are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects our people, our clients and our community. Part of building a more inclusive workplace future for all Australians is ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have opportunities to prosper and grow their careers

Available in all of our offices, our First Nations pathway program is both informative and fun. The paid program runs for four weeks and provides Australian First Nations university law students with a realistic insight into life at Hall & Wilcox.

You will have the opportunity to work with capable and experienced people across all levels, and be directly involved in interesting legal work. The work will be of benefit to you, our clients and the firm. There will be a diverse range of learning opportunities, hands on practical legal experience and mentoring from experienced lawyers.

Joining this program allows you to be eligible to apply for a Graduate position upon completion of your studies.

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Cormac Mercer

Cormac Mercer (pictured above), our most recent First Nations Pathways Program clerk, said he loved his time here, working across different teams on many matters and being mentored by experienced lawyers. 'As a proud Indigenous man who aspires to become a practising solicitor, I’ve had great opportunities through this program and my clerkship,' he said. 'I’ve been impressed with the scope of work I have been exposed to and the high calibre of the staff I have come into contact with. It's important to me to be able to bring my identity and full self to any workplace and I have felt I can do this at Hall & Wilcox. I'm excited for future opportunities at the firm.'

Brisbane FNPP

Savannah Campbell and Christine Conn (pictured above) joined our Brisbane office as First Nations Pathway Program interns, working on a range of matters with exposure to real work on real files.

Pictured: Brisbane partners Terry Killian, Daisy Duff, Brad Marland and Drew Castley welcome Christine and Savannah to our Brisbane office.

alisha bailey

Aleisha Bailey (pictured above) is our First Nations Pathway Program intern in our Newcastle office. Aleisha said she has loved gaining firsthand experience into the working environment and culture of a law firm. ‘As an Indigenous person, I am keen to find where I fit within the legal sector and Hall & Wilcox has provided me with this invaluable opportunity to have a taste of different areas of law that I might not have known about or thought that I’d enjoy,’

Program eligibility

To be eligible for our First Nations Pathway Program you must:

  • Be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Be a permanent resident of Australia.
  • Currently studying a law degree.
  • Be motivated and eager to continually learn and develop.
  • Have a passion and drive for a career in law.

No prior work experience is required!

Applications open:

Applications for our 2023 First Nations Pathway Program are now closed.

Internship starts:

Summer intake - November 2023
Winter intake - June 2024