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.

Melbourne Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2020/21

Applications Open
Monday 6 July 2020
Applications Close
Sunday 16 August 2020 (11:59pm AEST)
Offers Made
Thursday 14 October 2020
Summer Clerkship
November/December 2020 (4 weeks)
Winter Clerkship
June/July 2021 (4 weeks)

Sydney Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2020/21

Recruitment dates for the 2019 Summer Clerkship program are to be advised and will follow the Law Society of NSW Guidelines.
Applications Open
Monday 9 June 2020
Applications Close
Sunday 12 July 2020 (11:59pm AEST)
Offers Made
Thursday 16 September 2020
Offers Accepted/Declined
Sunday 18 September 2020
Clerkship
November 2020 – February 2021
Duration
8 weeks

Brisbane Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2020

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic our Brisbane Seasonal Clerkship program has been put on hold. Please feel free to look at our careers page for any future available positions.
Applications Open
TBD
Applications Close
TBD
Offers Made
TBD
Offers Accepted/Declined
TBD
Clerkship
TBD
Duration
TBD

Canberra Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2020/21

Recruitment dates for the 2020 Summer Clerkship program are to be advised and will follow the ACT Law Society Guidelines.
Applications Open
June 2020
Applications Close
July 2020
Offers Made
September 2020
Offers Accepted/Declined
September 2020
Clerkship
November 2020 – February 2021
Duration
8 weeks

Perth Seasonal Clerkship Dates 2020/21

Applications Open
July 2020
Applications Close
August 2020
Offers Made
September 2020
Clerkship Intake 1
November/December 2020 (4 weeks)
Clerkship Intake 2
January/February 2021 (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 2021 Graduate Program Dates

Priority Offers
Wednesday 5 August 2020 (10:00am AEST)
Priority Offers Close
Thursday 6 August 2020 (4:00pm AEST)
Applications Open
Friday 7 August 2020
Applications Close
Sunday 16 August 2020 (11:59pm AEST)
Offers Made
Friday 21 September 2020 (10:00am AEST)
Offers Accepted/Declined
TBC

Sydney 2021 Graduate Program Dates

Applications Open
Monday 2 March 2020
Applications Close
Sunday 12 April 2020 (5:00pm AEST)
Offers Made
Friday 5 June 2020
Friday 12 June 2020 (5:00pm AEST)

Brisbane 2021 Graduate Program Dates

Priority Offers
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Priority Offers Close
Thursday 27 February 2020 (5:00pm AEST)
Applications Open
Monday 3 August 2020
Applications Close
Monday 17 August 2020 (9:00am AEST)
Offers Made
Monday 14 September 2020
Offers Accepted/Declined
Tuesday 15 September 2020 (5:00pm AEST)

Perth 2021 Graduate Program Dates

Recruitment dates for the 2021 Graduate Program are to be advised and will follow the Law Society of Western Australia Guidelines.
Priority Offers
July 2020
Applications Open
July 2020
Applications Close
August 2020