Seasonal Clerkships and Graduates

Overview

Join Australia’s most innovative firm

If you’re looking for a dynamic firm to ignite your legal career, Mills Oakley is the place for you. We’re looking for law students and graduates who share our vision of being at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing profession.

This page contains information about our Seasonal Clerkship and Graduate programs, including key dates for the hiring process.

Why Mills Oakley? We’re a leading independent national firm and we stand out from the crowd because we believe in doing things differently. We have been recognised by ALPMA as Australia’s most innovative law firm, launching the first Legal Services Accelerator in the Asia-Pacific and making strategic investments in emerging legal technology and start-ups. We are large enough to provide the challenge of diverse, high-quality work and clients, yet small enough to give you the personal attention that will help you achieve your full potential.

So make the most of your law degree and join Australia’s most innovative firm. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Seasonal Clerkship Program

Our Seasonal Clerkship program offers students the opportunity to work closely with our experienced lawyers and learn more about your chosen areas of interest. To support your development, we provide you with a buddy and mentor as well as an induction program including IT training, practice area overviews and professional skills seminars.

We understand that the beginning of your career in law is a critical building block for your future, so our program is designed to provide an insight into ‘life within a firm’ and for you to experience first-hand our open, supportive and friendly culture.

    Our Seasonal Clerkship program is structured as follows:

Melbourne: A four week clerkship, with the option of completing in summer or winter
Sydney and Canberra: An eight week summer clerkship
Brisbane and Perth: A four week clerkship over summer

All clerkships consist of two rotations through two of our practice groups.

The key dates for our Seasonal Clerkship Program appear below and follow the relevant Law Society Guidelines.

Melbourne Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2022/23

Applications Open
4 July 2022
Applications Close
14 August 2022 (11:59pm AEST)
Offers Made
19 October 2022 (10am AEST)
Summer Clerkship
November/December 2022 (4 weeks)
Winter Clerkship
June/July 2023 (4 weeks)

Sydney Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2022/23

Applications Open
6 June 2022
Applications Close
3 July 2022 and 10 July 2022
Offers Made
14 September 2022
Offers Accepted/Declined
15 September 2022 (5pm AEST)
Clerkship Intake 1
November/December 2022 (4 weeks)
Clerkship Intake 2
January/February 2023 (4 weeks)

Brisbane Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2022/23

Applications Open
18 July 2022
Applications Close
12 August 2022
Offers Made
12 October 2022
Offers Accepted/Declined
13 October 2022 (5pm AEST)
Clerkship
November – December 2022
Duration
4 weeks

Canberra Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2022/23

Recruitment dates for the 2022/23 Summer Clerkship program are to be advised and will follow the ACT Law Society Guidelines.

Perth Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2022/23

Applications Open
27 June 2022
Applications Close
31 July 2022
Offers Made
16 September 2022 (9am-1pm)
Clerkship Intake 1
November/December 2022 (4 weeks)
Clerkship Intake 2
January/February 2023 (4 weeks)

Graduate Program

You’ll kick off your Mills Oakley career with an Induction Program which will cover the basics of legal practice as well as providing a friendly introduction to key members of our practice teams. Over 12 months, you’ll rotate through three practice areas and gain a sense of your preferred career direction.

We are one of the few firms offering graduates the opportunity to experience not only the usual “big firm” practices such as Corporate, Property and Litigation, but also other areas such as Family Law, Not-for-Profit Law and our Private Advisory practice for small businesses and individuals. Have a chat with one of our friendly HR advisors to find out which practices operate in your home city.

Our firm is large enough to offer sophisticated work and small enough to immerse yourself in every aspect of a matter. You’ll be at the forefront of complex and often high profile matters, gaining practical hands-on experience and working closely with our Partners and senior lawyers.

The key dates for our Graduate Program appear below.

Melbourne 2023 Graduate Program Dates

Priority Offers
9 August 2022 (10am)
Priority Offers Close
10 August 2022 (12pm)
Applications Open (if required)
11 August 2022 (10am)
Applications Close (if required)
24 August 2022 (11.59pm)
Offers Made (if required)
5 October 2022 (10am)
Offers Accepted/Declined
TBC

Sydney 2023 Graduate Program Dates

Recruitment dates for the 2023 Graduate Program are to be advised and will follow the NSW Law Society Guidelines.

Brisbane 2023 Graduate Program Dates

Priority Offers
8 August 2022
Priority Offers Close
9 August 2022 (5pm AEST)
Applications Open (if required)
15 August 2022
Applications Close
26 August 2022
Offers Made
29 August 2022
Offers Accepted/Declined
30 August 2022 (5pm AEST)

Canberra 2023 Graduate Program Dates

Recruitment dates for the 2023 Graduate Program are to be advised and will follow the ACT Law Society Guidelines.

Perth 2023 Graduate Program Dates

Priority Offers
22 July 2022
Applications Open
25 July 2022
Applications Close
7 August 2022
Offers Made
9 September 2022 (9am-5pm)