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Law clerk and graduate development program

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If you are a university student seeking law clerk jobs in Brisbane, our clerkship and graduate development program is designed for you. We give you the experience, resources and networks you need to launch your legal career.

Our support is tailored to you, with fully paid PLT courses, access to team members of all levels, exposure to diverse practice areas, study leave and legal mentors who want to see you succeed. 

Career progression is a journey we take together, and it means different things to different people. Your career development expectations are important to us, so we hold regular formal and informal development meetings to keep your progress on track.

Our team-based culture allows each individual to contribute to the success of our clients and the success of our firm. Let’s strive for excellence together.

Graduate Development Program 

Law clerk jobs in Brisbane

Our Graduate Development Program provides law students with two years left of their degree the opportunity to gain practical experience. Working a minimum of two days per week from our Brisbane office, you will spend the first 6 to 12 months as a research law clerk followed by rotations through the firm’s practice workgroups for approximately 12 months.

Subject to ongoing high performance, the program provides successful students with a graduate position and ultimately a lawyer role.

During the development program you will:

  • have direct access to team members of all levels
  • build long lasting connections and networks
  • be exposed to a variety of work and areas of law.

Application tips

Learn more about Cooper Grace Ward, our Brisbane based clerkship program, and how to make your application stand out in this informative webinar. 

Applications for our 2023 intake are now closed.

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Hear what our clerks have to say

The Cooper Grace Ward Graduate Development program

Meet Lochlann, Megan, Mike and Sacha and hear why they love our program.

Why did you choose Cooper Grace Ward?

Hear from Lochlann, Megan, Mike, Sacha and Tom, who share their stories of how they started their careers with us and what they love about our program.

How would you describe the culture at Cooper Grace Ward?

Workplace culture is extremely important to us. Watch our graduates discuss their experiences and why culture is important to them.

What would you say to someone interested in joining our graduate development program?

Are you researching law clerk jobs in Brisbane?  Let Tom, Lochlann, Megan, Mike and Sacha help you make the choice.

Work experience

For those interested in pursuing a legal career, we recognise the importance of gaining first-hand experience. That’s why we offer a number of work experience opportunities to high school and university students each year during mid-semester and Christmas breaks. 

High school students interested in undertaking work experience at Cooper Grace Ward should apply through the Careers Centre or have their school make contact with our People and Culture team.

University students interested in undertaking work experience at Cooper Grace Ward should apply via the Careers Centre.

Due to the high demand for work experience and the limited number of placements available, unfortunately we cannot assist all applicants.