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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.


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.

How to apply

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 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. Psychometric assessment Navigation Show below Hide below

The assessments we use include numerical, emotional intelligence and abstract reasoning. They provide us with an objective indication of how people may behave and interact in a workplace setting. We expect that the assessment should take20-30 minutes to complete including instructions and examples.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply? Navigation Show below Hide below

  • Students in the penultimate or final year of their law degree are eligible for the Clerkship Program.
  • Students in the final year of their law degree or who have recently graduated are eligible to apply directly for graduate roles, if and when they become available.
  • We accept international students who are approved to work in Australia and have the necessary visa.

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 you to 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 will be 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 the most recent transcript. If you are invited to an interview, you can bring an updated copy of your results.

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

Depending on which state you are applying for you may receive an invite to complete your psychometric assessment any time from when you submit your application up until just before your live interview.

What is the interview process? Navigation Show below Hide below

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, MinterEllison has a two-stage interview process, which includes a recorded digital interview for the first stage, and a live interview via video conference for the second stage. If we are in a position to conduct second round interviews in our offices, then they will revert to the face to face format . We will look to understand your behavioural competencies, technical skills and culture fit for MinterEllison. You will meet a variety of people, including partners, senior associates and members of our Talent (HR) team.

How do I prepare for my digital interview Navigation Show below Hide below

It is important to undertake the same preparation that you would for a normal interview. A digital interview 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 digital interview Navigation Show below Hide below

Complete your digital interview 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 digital interview Navigation Show below Hide below

Prior to starting the digital interview, 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 interview, you will be able to pick up where you left off with the same link you used to begin the interview.

Where should I look during my digital interview 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 interview.

What if I stumble during my answer Navigation Show below Hide below

We understand interviews 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 digital interview Navigation Show below Hide below

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

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!

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