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Our programs

Never underestimate the power in you to make an impact.


We believe our programs should allow you to explore your interests.

Our programs expose you to a wide variety of business areas, skills, teams and challenges, helping you understand where your strengths lie. You’ll be given challenging and career-building opportunities, and responsibilities that no other program provides so early in a graduate’s career. We want you to be more than just a technically excellent lawyer. We want you to be make an impact.

Pre-penultimate programs

Do you see a future for yourself in law? The world is being disrupted and market demands are changing. The next generation of our graduates will transform the future of legal services – we can give you the skills you need to do it well.

Discover ME

Our Discover ME program is designed to provide pre-penultimate law students an opportunity to discover what it is like to work at MinterEllison. During the program you will be invited to attend three sessions (in person, at our offices in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane – depending on where you are based), where you will learn more about our practice groups, the way we work and our people, through attending panel events and participating in workshops.

As part of our Discover ME program, you will also be connected with one of our lawyers, who has recently made the transition from law school to law firm, with the goal to foster your professional development.

Who is this program most suitable for?

Pre-penultimate law students based in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane who are interested in exploring the opportunity of working in a commercial law firm at the end of their studies.

Meet ME

Meet ME is a three-part webinar series which is highly relevant to pre-penultimate and penultimate year students, but open to law students at any stage of their studies, across Australia.

Dial in to hear insights and career tips from our leaders, junior lawyers and graduate recruitment team, which will allow you to set yourself up for success in your future career in law, as well as learning more about life at MinterEllison.

Who is this program most suitable for?

Law students at any stage of their studies, based anywhere in Australia.

The webinar series is timed to happen prior to clerkship applications opening, in order to give potential applicants the opportunity to dial in and gain insights that will help them put their best foot forward during the recruitment process.

Clerkship program

Kick start your career

Ready to practise law in the real world? We pride ourselves on giving clerks real work with real clients, so you can start your career with confidence.

Be part of our clerkship program where you’ll undertake exhilarating real-world legal work for clients. Clients who trust us to help them solve their most complex problems, in the most innovative and efficient way. You’ll be guided every step of the way by our industry-leading and commercially driven lawyers and partners. But your career is about more than just a job. We’ll also give you opportunities to grow personally – as well as professionally. And we’ll guide you every step of the way.

In our program, you will:

  • get a taste of life at MinterEllison
  • be empowered with all the practical tools you’ll need to succeed through our orientation program
  • experience roles in our different lines of business, helping you decide which area is right for you
  • be mentored by a partner, supervisor, and buddy.

There are summer and winter programs available nationally of varying durations.

Who is this program most suitable for?

Students in their penultimate or final year of their law degree.

Graduate program

Accelerate your career

You’ve started your career and now it’s time to thrive. We have a program designed just for that. And it’s award-winning.

Our graduates quickly gain legal and business expertise by working alongside high-performing partners, lawyers and professionals in a collaborative and innovative environment. You will have the opportunity to rotate through different practice areas. And be part of exciting and challenging transactional, advisory and litigation work.

We’ll give you real responsibility and autonomy. And we’ll be by your side supporting you as you take those responsibilities on. We will set you up with a mentoring partner for each rotation, a supervisor to guide your day-to-day work, and a buddy to help you settle in and navigate your different practice group experiences and offer program support and direction.

We are your partners in success. Every day, we will help you bring your best self to work, navigate challenges, and ensure that at the end of the program you are best positioned for the next step you want to take.

Our award-winning development program includes:

  • our extensive orientation program, which builds on your experience as a clerk and covers our firm strategy, culture and legal insights
  • an on-site MinterEllison Practical Legal Training program in partnership with The College of Law
  • ongoing legal and business skills workshops
  • modules on health and wellbeing (which we believe are the cornerstones of sustained high performance)
  • ongoing learning and networking events run by our Junior Professionals Committee
  • being allocated buddy, supervisor and mentor
  • admission support – and celebrations!

Who is this program suitable for?

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 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

Technology Consulting

Technology Consulting graduate program

MinterEllison's Technology Consulting team (formerly ITNewcom) has been delivering exceptional CoX outcomes for over 20 years to public and private enterprises in Australia and New Zealand. The team has led over $50 billion worth of complex technology programs and projects.

We advise clients on how to make use of new technology trends, how to optimise existing and future technology spend through alternative operating models and sourcing strategies, and how to execute major transactions to establish new relationships with technology suppliers.

Whilst engaging with a broad range of high profile clients you will be responsible for specific components of a project, which may include:

  • gathering and analysing data to support clients to define their requirements
  • clearly articulating analysis findings, and assisting with developing insights and recommendations
  • keeping the project lead appraised of issues, risks and findings, and building strong working relationships within our teams and on client site

Who is this program suited for?

Students in their final year, or those who have recently graduated from a combined undergraduate degree, preferably within the following disciplines: Business, Economics, Commerce, Computer Science, Law, Mathematics, Actuarial Studies, Finance, Information Technology or Business Information Systems. Candidates must also have Australian citizenship at application and the eligibility to obtain an Australian government security clearance.

Legal operations

As a Legal Operations Graduate, you will work under the guidance of our expansive Digital team. You will be embedded in our centres of excellence where we will hone your skills in consulting methodologies, project management and process analysis whilst exploring possibilities using emerging technology and artificial intelligence. You will work directly with our legal and consultancy teams to deliver innovative and effective solutions.

You will be part of a team that embraces digital change to unlock value, give time back to our people and help us thrive – as individuals, as a firm and in our communities. 

This opportunity includes:

  • A 12 month program consisting of three rotations across our firm's service offerings to expose you broadly to the business and provide context to our work.
  • Engagement on projects that will develop your consulting skills and provide experience across our functions including continuous improvement, process transitioning, process automation, document automation, legal project management, all the while exploring applications of emerging technologies artificial intelligence, and data analytics & visualisation.
  • Support every step of the way with a structured support network connecting you to people and learning opportunities that grow your knowledge.
  • An established learning pathway comprising of certified training (e.g. Lean Six Sigma), access to our firm's in-house training offerings (e.g. our Agile Community of Practice) in addition to your practical experience.

Through this program you will be given responsibility and autonomy, with guidance, mentoring and support to lay the foundations of your career in professional services. You will develop skills to start your development as a business partner that translates requirements to outcomes and works directly with our teams to deliver innovative, effective and transformative solutions.

Use your degree for something inspiring, join us and grow your career alongside award winning teams and award winning leaders.

Who is this program suitable for?

Students in their final year or those who have recently graduated, preferably within the following disciplines: Business, Commerce, Economics, Finance, Information Technology, Computer Science, Law. A double degree is ideal, but not essential.

To discover more, read about our Legal Operations group.

How to apply

1 step 1

Complete the online application form.

2 step 2

Attach your resume and transcripts

3 step 3

Complete a psychometric assessment.

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