Bring your own perspective - then expand it

High-calibre international projects will open your eyes to the intricacies of modern business. Secondments will widen your worldview. In fact, everything about the way we train you is designed to develop deftness in the way you think about challenges and ingenuity in the way you solve them.

This is where it begins

There’s a place for every background, interest and academic pursuit at Ashurst. The only difference will be the route you take to get here.

Seasonal clerkships

The best way to understand what it feels like to work here is to actually work here! Every year, we hold clerkships in each of our offices to give you an intensive experience of our culture and the kind of work we do.

We work hard to make sure they’re as useful and as stimulating as possible. You’ll spend time in one or two departments (depending on which office you’re in), where you’ll work with a supervising partner, a lawyer and a buddy who’ll get you involved in real work. You’ll also attend workshops and department training, as well as get a chance to take part in team social events.

At the end of your clerkship, we’ll consider offering you a place on our graduate programme.

Applications open 27th February 2017.

You'll spend your three/four-week clerkship in a department, being supervised by a partner and a lawyer, who'll get you involved in the team. You'll have the opportunity to attend workshops and learn about other departments, as well as meet future colleagues at social events.

Graduate Programs Consultant – Kate Medlen

Applications will open 15th June 2017

You'll spend the summer at the firm, working in two departments. You'll come away with a greater sense of what it's really like to work in our Canberra office and with our specialist practice teams for the region

Graduate Programs Consultant – Leah Wood

Applications will open 15th June 2017

You'll spend the summer at the firm, working in two departments and taking part in a comprehensive program of development. You'll have an intensive experience of our culture and the kind of work we do.

Graduate Programs Consultant – Joanne Dean

Applications will open 10th July 2017​

You'll spend your three-week clerkship in a department, being supervised by a partner and a lawyer. You'll get involved in case studies and presentations within the business and really get involved in the Melbourne office community.

Graduate Programs Consultant – Lauren Evans

Applications will open 18th July 2017

You'll spend your three-week clerkship in a department, being supervised by a partner and a lawyer, who'll get you involved in real work. You'll learn about our specialist areas in Perth and get exposure to our collegiate environment.

Graduate Programs Consultant – Jacqueline Taylor

Graduate programme

Your programme kicks off with an induction and education series where you’ll meet your peers in one location, giving you the chance to build your networks across the nation.

Back in your home office, you’ll benefit from a local induction plus an in-house Practical Legal Training (PLT) course. It's tailored to our firm and so, as you might expect, some modules are chosen for you. We cover all the costs.

We’ll also work closely with you to plan your three rotations, and we’ll review this regularly over the 18 month programme.

 

Admission and settlement

You'll be admitted as a lawyer once you complete your PLT and, as the end of your programme approaches, we’ll work with you to decide which practice area you join. The choice depends very much on business needs, your preference and your performance.

Even partners with 30 years’ experience still have their "aha!" moments. While the graduate programme will have given you a solid foundation of skills and a knack for disentangling complexities, your experience will continue to grow. Every case, client and colleague will set off on a new learning curve – so keep an open mind.

Salary & benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Additional annual leave scheme
  • Salary continuance insurance and travel insurance
  • Flexible work policies
  • Health and well-being programs
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Discounted health insurance
  • Sponsored sports teams and events
  • Employee assistance schemes
  • Concierge and end-of-trip services
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