Our application form is in covering letter format. A good place to start is to address the letter to the graduate recruiter for the office you would like to join.  These can be found on the home page, in the office profiles or on the career journey page, in the clerkships section.  Beyond that, it’s up to you: we want you to express yourself, tell us why you want to be a lawyer – and why you’d like to join Ashurst in particular.

Hints and tips

Our competencies

There’s absolutely no Ashurst "type". We want to actively involve and include a broad range of minds with a broad range of backgrounds, all united by a common set of strengths - or competencies.

Clerkship recruitment process

Pick an office

First, decide which office to apply to – we can accept only one application from you nationally. Our clerkship recruitment periods vary between states, so investigate the relevant key dates.


Academic achievement is, of course, a good place to start when putting together your application: you'll need a strong academic performance across secondary, tertiary and post-graduate studies.

Just as importantly, we'll look for the qualities that will make you a good Ashurst lawyer. We like to see confidence (but not overconfidence) – whether that's on paper or in person, to peers or to a boardroom full of clients.

Face to face interview

We believe in focusing on the individual so we don't run assessment centres. If we invite you to an interview, you’ll have the chance to attend an open evening to meet partners and lawyers and move your mind further about what a career at Ashurst can look like.

During your interview, we’ll use both competency and scenario-based questions to find out if you have the behaviors we look for. We need people with a rare kind of mindset: an openness in the way you work, an agility in the way you think, and a strong desire to keep evolving as a professional. One of our current graduates will also give you a tour of our offices – a good opportunity for you to ask about their experience with the firm.

Graduate recruitment

People who complete our clerkship program usually go on to fill all the places on our graduate program. If we need to recruit more graduates to meet business needs, we’ll advertise those roles on our website.

Frequently asked questions

I don't have consistently strong academics. Can I still apply?

You can, but think carefully about whether it’s worth it before spending time completing an application. We look for the strongest candidates and we receive many applications each year from people who are academically strong.

If there are mitigating circumstances surrounding your grades, please let us know in the relevant section of our application form. We’ll ask for supporting documentation later in the process.

Do you accept applications from non-penultimate students for seasonal clerkships?

We prefer clerkship candidates to be in the penultimate year of their combined Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctorate or Graduate Law degrees. But we will consider applications from finalists, if they were not able to complete a clerkship in their penultimate year.

I am seeking sponsorship for a university club/society. Who do I contact?

Please email any proposals directly to the graduate team at

You don't visit my university. Does that mean you're not interested in an application from me?

Not at all. Current employees in Australia studied at 80 different universities and we value the diversity of thought this brings. We want applications from people who are likely to excel here, regardless of where they’ve studied.

Can I apply for a seasonal clerkship if I’m an international law student?

We recruit seasonal clerks on the basis that they may go on to join our graduate program when they complete their law degrees. To join our clerkship program, you must have the legal right to work unrestricted in Australia. Graduates must be able to independently gain these working rights when they complete their law degrees.

Can I apply for your graduate program if I was previously unsuccessful for a seasonal clerkship?

Yes – although we do ask that you complete a new application form. Before starting, be honest about whether your academic record and application will be different enough this time, and describe any skills and experience you’ve gained since you last applied.

When should I apply?

Our clerkship recruitment periods vary between offices, so you'll need to investigate the relevant key dates for clerkship recruitment on the career journey page. We can’t accept applications that are late or not submitted via our application form.

Reasonable adjustment for disabled candidates

No. But if we invite you to an interview, we strongly advise you to tell us about your disability and let us know whether we need to adjust our interview process so you can perform at your best. If you’d like us to make adjustments, we’ll give you a dedicated contact in our team who’ll make sure everything goes smoothly.

Do you recruit casual paralegals?

Our paralegal rosters co-ordinate with university semester timetables. We maintain relationships with, and emphasise our commitment to, our former seasonal clerks by giving them priority for paralegal work in their final year of study.

Our clerkship program meets most of our paralegal needs. However, we do occasionally recruit paralegals outside this and advertise any vacancies on our website.

Can I arrange ad hoc work experience?

Unfortunately we’re not able to take on students for informal work experience. We’d encourage you to apply for a place on our seasonal clerkship program instead.

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