Graduate and Clerkship Opportunities

 

Graduate Program

Today’s law graduates are tomorrow’s leaders of the firm. That’s why we offer a program that lets you work with great people at all levels of the firm and do real work for real clients.

We have a one year structured graduate program that combines extensive on-the-job training and support and assistance in completing compulsory PLT requirements. It includes:

Induction

Law graduates participate in a national induction program, which is run in our Melbourne office. It covers the firm’s structure, the work we do, our clients, training in IT systems and office procedures.

Multiple rotations

We offer graduates experience across a range of practice areas through rotations (wherever possible). This helps them make an informed decision about the area they want to work in during their graduate year.

Support

Graduates are given an extensive support network, including a buddy and partner to assist with the transition from university to full-time employment, a mentor in each rotation and a supervisor (partner) to provide guidance throughout the year.

Smarter Law

We're renowned for our Smarter Law approach. Smarter Law means we look beyond the status quo to think differently and find better solutions for clients. That involves making real client connections, understanding their legal and business challenges, and then putting our heads together with theirs to creatively develop a solution, which may include enabling technology, challenging business models, innovative pricing or creative resourcing.

Regular learning opportunities

These include lunchtime training sessions facilitated by partners and senior lawyers who share their personal experiences, discuss their practice areas and provide technical training.

Feedback

Graduates are given ongoing formal and informal feedback.

Great workplace and culture

Last – but by no means least – graduates are encouraged to immerse themselves in our great culture and have fun! We also have a dress for your day policy, which makes things a bit more comfortable.

Key dates

Melbourne

Applications for our 2020 Melbourne graduate program have closed.

Sydney

Applications for our 2020 Sydney graduate program have closed.

Perth and Darwin

Applications will open later this year with the dates to be confirmed for our 2020 graduate program.

Brisbane

Applications for our 2020 Brisbane graduate program have now closed.

Newcastle

Applications for our 2020 Newcastle graduate program are currently open and will close on Sunday 29 September 2019.

Click here to apply.

Contacts

Melbourne

Lauren Parrant

People & Culture Advisor

Perth and Darwin

Larissa Johnson

Senior People & Culture Advisor

Canberra and Brisbane

Claire Eichorn

People & Culture Co-Ordinator

Sydney and Newcastle

Lena Ristevski

Senior People & Culture Advisor

Seasonal clerkship program

Each year, in Melbourne, we run two seasonal clerkships – winter and summer. Our seasonal clerkship program gives students the opportunity to experience life at Hall & Wilcox. We currently don’t run a formal seasonal clerkship program in Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane or Darwin.

Our clerkship program includes:

Induction

Seasonal clerks participate in an induction program covering the firm’s structure, the work we do, our clients, training in IT systems and office procedures.

Placement

We offer seasonal clerks a three-week placement in one of our practice areas (allocations consider each clerk’s preferences).

Support

Seasonal clerks are given an extensive support network, including a partner, an allocated mentor and buddy for guidance and support.

Exposure to real work on real files

This may include drafting correspondence and documents, observing lawyers in meetings, attending conferences, mediations and court, and undertaking research tasks.

Smarter Law

What makes Smarter Law – well, smart – is how we advise, protect, defend and enable our clients’ organisations in ways that actually work for them. That involves making real client connections, understanding their legal and business challenges, and then putting our heads together with theirs to creatively get from A to B – or, as well like to think about it, from ‘argh!’ to ‘brilliant!’. Our Smarter Law connections are often propelled by tech.

Regular learning opportunities

These include lunchtime training sessions facilitated by partners and senior lawyers who share their personal experiences, discuss their practice areas and provide technical training.

Network building

Seasonal clerks have the opportunity to build their networks by meeting partners and lawyers.

Career opportunity

After completing their clerkship with the firm, seasonal clerks have the opportunity to express interest in being considered for a graduate role within the firm.

Great workplace and culture

Last – but by no means least – seasonal clerks are encouraged to immerse themselves in our great culture and have fun! We also have a dress for your day policy, which makes things a bit more comfortable.

Key dates

Applications for our 2020/2021 Melbourne seasonal clerkship program will open on Monday 6 July 2020 and close on Sunday 16 August 2020 (11:59 pm).

Contacts

Melbourne

Lauren Parrant

People & Culture Advisor

What are we looking for in graduates and seasonal clerks?

Diversity is a vital component of our practice of Smarter Law and our ambition to be a leading independent Australian law firm. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce and celebrating the characteristics that make each individual unique. There’s no one ‘type’ of clerk or graduate that we look for; instead, we value people from different backgrounds, different experiences and with different perspectives.

We are interested in candidates with qualities that align with our Hallmarks. Some of these include:

  • a creative mind and a passion for technology and innovation;
  • an understanding of the changing legal landscape;
  • varied life experiences, including previous work experience (legal and/or non-legal) and outside interests;
  • strong and consistent academics and an involvement in extra-curricular activities; and
  • excellent communication skills, including language and interpersonal skills.

Application process

We review applications in a way that seeks to eliminate ‘unconscious bias’. To do this, we do not look at candidate names, addresses, gender or secondary school information when we review graduate and seasonal clerkship applications.

Why? Everybody has inherent biases and this means that, at times, people are not as open-minded to difference as we’d like. We want to eliminate any unconscious or hidden bias in the shortlisting process. That’s why our application form might look a bit different to those used by other firms.