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Our process and FAQ's

We encourage you to apply to our clerkship if you are in the penultimate or final year of your law degree.

Want to know more about our process and programs? Read our FAQ's below

Clerkship recruitment dates are set by each state’s law society. Application dates for our offices are listed on the locations and dates page. We most often recruit our graduates from the clerkship program, but from time to time we do go to market for graduate roles. If you are looking specifically for a graduate role, please keep an eye on our website. Sign up to receive updates on opportunities in your city so you don’t miss your chance.

Our process

1. Online application form Navigation Show below Hide below

Our online application form will ask you to submit your resume, a cover letter and your most recent academic results. Please address your cover letter to the person named in your state’s application process.

2. Two key questions (Legal programs) Navigation Show below Hide below

Question 1: At MinterEllison, we understand that diverse teams perform better. Tell us three interesting things about yourself that are not on your CV.

Question 2: Describe a particular legal case or topic that sparked your interest either before or during your studies, and briefly explain why.

3. Games Based psychometric assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

The games based assessments we use measure competencies for cognitive abilities including mental agility, reasoning, the ability to understand and work with numbers, and visual and spatial awareness. Additionally we look to measure emotional intelligence, including influence, collaboration, and impulse control. This assessment provide us with an objective indication of how people may behave and interact in a workplace setting. We expect that this assessment should take 10 minutes to complete.

4. Video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

A video assessment is just like a video call, in which you will be asked pre-recorded questions. After each question you will record your response to the frontward facing camera on your computer or mobile device. You will have the opportunity to re-record each question once (if needed) however you will not be able to select between recordings for the same question. This assessment provides us with the opportunity to get to know you a little better, and also acts as an opportunity for you to tell us what you cannot put into words on your resume. We expect that this assessment should take 20 minutes to complete including instructions and practice attempts.

5. In person interviews Navigation Show below Hide below

In our in person interviews, we will look to understand your key competencies, technical skills and a bit more about who you are and what you stand for. You will meet a variety of people, including partners, senior associates and members of our Talent (HR) team.

6. Additional events Navigation Show below Hide below

Throughout the recruitment process, there may be opportunities for you to attend various networking events, depending on the city you have applied for. The events hosted by MinterEllison range from information evenings, skills sessions to more social events, and are a fantastic opportunity to build your networks and learn more about the firm.

Application and interviews

Who can apply? Navigation Show below Hide below

  • Clerkships are open to students in the penultimate or final year of their law degree are eligible for the Clerkship Program. We accept international students who are approved to work in Australia and have the necessary visa.
  • Graduate programs are open to students in the final year of their law degree or who have recently graduated, if and when they become available.
  • The Revolution program is best suited for students in the final year or have recently graduated from a combined undergraduate degree in law an another discipline.
  • The Technology Consulting Graduate Program is open to students in the final year of their undergraduate degree or who have completed their undergraduate degree in the last 2 years. We look for candidates with diverse backgrounds within the following disciplines; Business, Economics, Commerce, Computer Science, Law, Mathematics, Actuarial Studies, Finance, Information Technology or Business Information Systems. In addition to this, students must have full Australian citizenship, and be eligible to obtain an Australian government security clearance.

Can I apply for multiple offices in a year? Navigation Show below Hide below

You will only be able to apply for a clerkship at one MinterEllison office per year. We recommend that you do your research to determine which office you'd most like to work at, and apply when the applications are open for that office. Location and dates can be found here.

 

What do you look for in a cover letter? Navigation Show below Hide below

We look for an application that is tailored to MinterEllison. Highlight the research you have done and make sure you address why you want to work with us.

Can I make changes to my application once I have started it? Navigation Show below Hide below

Your application will be saved in our Careers Portal. You can continue to edit it until you hit ‘submit’. After that point, we will not accept any additional information.

Do I need to have my academic transcript certified? Navigation Show below Hide below

To complete your online application, you are welcome to submit a downloaded version from your university.

Should you be invited to interview, we do request that you bring a certified copy of your academic transcript. We unfortunately will not be able to make copies on the day of your interview so please bring a certified copy that you are willing to leave with us.

What happens if my current semesters results haven’t been released by application close date? Navigation Show below Hide below

Please submit your most recent academic transcript. If you are invited to an interview, you can bring an updated copy of your results.

How can I prepare for my live interview? Navigation Show below Hide below

The interview is where you can bring your application responses to life. Continue to do research on the firm and once you know who is interviewing you, learn about their background too. We will ask you about your experience working in a team, your interpersonal abilities and any business acumen you may have gained already. Preparation is key and remember to relax – if you have made it to the interview, you have done an amazing job already!

Assessments

When will I get access to the games based psychometric assessment? Navigation Show below Hide below

You will receive an invitation from HireVue to complete your psychometric assessment within 24 hours after applications close for the respective state you have applied for.

How do I prepare for my video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

It is important to undertake the same preparation that you would for a normal interview. A video assessment is very similar to a video call, except you will be able to watch pre-recorded questions. Afterwards you will respond to the frontward facing camera on your chosen device.

Where should I complete my video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

Complete your video assessment where you are most comfortable. Make sure it is a well-lit environment, so that your face is clearly visible. We would advise you to close blinds if you are planning on sitting with your back to a window during the daytime.

What happens if my internet drops out during the video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

Prior to starting the video assessment, you will be able to test your device to ensure it has been set up correctly. We understand that internet connections can fluctuate and if you do lose connection in the middle of your assessment, you will be able to pick up where you left off with the same link you used to begin the assessment.

Where should I look during my video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

It is natural to look at the window displaying your video feed, and not your web camera. You will have the option to hit the 'Hide Video' button if you do not want to see yourself on camera during the assessment.

What if I stumble during my answer in the video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

We understand video assessment can be nerve racking, so if you do lose your train of thought, it is okay to start your answer again and finish within the time provided.

Can I practice my video assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

There will be practice questions available prior to starting your video assessment. You can undertake as many practice questions as you want to get comfortable with the process and the technology.

Events

What if I cannot attend? Navigation Show below Hide below

Attending our graduate events will provide you with further insights into what it's like to work at MinterEllison. However, we understand that in some circumstances you may not be able to attend.

What if I have an event with another firm at the same time? Navigation Show below Hide below

We understand that it is a very short recruitment process, and at times you may be invited to an event that clashes with another firm. We would still love to see you, even if it is for 10 minutes at the beginning or end, however we recommend you to do what you are most comfortable with.

What should I wear? Navigation Show below Hide below

We recommend that you wear business attire when attending our events, as you will be meeting a variety of people, including partners, lawyers and members of our Talent (HR) team.

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