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First Nations Legal Internship

"First Nations voices need to be in rooms where decisions are made – our voices deserve to be platformed and prioritised."
Trent Wallace, First Nations Lead

Trent is a Wongaibon person who was raised on Darkinjung country and now resides in Meanjin (Brisbane).

Our two week First Nations Legal Internship lets you experience what it’s like to work in a top tier firm, our culture and the type of work we do.  For more information on our First Nations work please visit the First Nations page.

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What we can offer you

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Real work

We want you to get a realistic understanding of what it's like to be an Ashurst lawyer. During your Internship you may work on cases and transactions, attend court, join client meetings, sit in on client calls, work on pro bono matters, attend CLE sessions and complete research.

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Dedicated support

We invest in our people. As an Ashurst First Nations Legal Intern you'll have a dedicated partner mentor, supervising lawyer, buddy and support from the Early Careers Team.

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Professional development

Your internship will include many chances for professional (and personal!) development. There are formal training courses, informal "on the job" learning, networking opportunities and exposure to pro bono and social impact work.

The recruitment process

You'll be asked to upload your CV and academic transcript.

We're looking to get to know you a little more and find out why you'd like to be an Ashurst First Nations Legal Intern.

We give you the opportunity to ask more about us too – our interviews are a "two-way street"!

Key dates

Applications open

September – November 2023

Internship starts

April 2024


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Martin Doyle

"I really appreciated being given a really quality opportunity early in my career when I completed my First Nations Legal Internship, as it gave me the belief I needed at the time that a career in commercial law is actually something I could do."

Martin, Ashurst Lawyer

Leonie Flynn

"I have been involved in our First Nations Legal Internship Programme since its inception many years ago and have seen it go from strength to strength. I have worked with many First Nations law students over the years and delight in the number of interns who have gone on to become successful Ashurst seasonal clerks, graduates and lawyers. It has been a great privilege to be involved in the journey that First Nations law students make from law school to the legal profession."

Leonie, Expertise Counsel


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Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging

Our inclusive and diverse culture stands at the heart of everything we do. For more information on our initiatives and the support we provide please follow the link below.

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If you can’t find answers to your questions on this page or on the Applicant Resource Hub then please contact our Early Careers team.


Agency submissions and candidate introductions will only be accepted with prior approval from a member of the Ashurst Talent Acquisition team. To submit or introduce a candidate, an agency must have valid agreed terms of business in place with Ashurst. Any agency submissions or candidate introductions made without prior approval or without the agreed terms of business in place will be considered invalid.


We are committed to offering a safe and welcoming environment for our employees and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. With diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do we place a strong emphasis on working with people from diverse communities and aim to make a positive impact through our Social Impact programmes.

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Ashurst is committed to ensuring an accountable workplace culture. Candidates are encouraged to report any ethical or conduct concerns to our confidential email address:

Please note that this email address should not be used for general enquiries about, or applications for, job positions available at Ashurst as they will not be passed onto the relevant team. Any recruitment enquires should be directed to

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work in Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and to the youth who are working towards a brighter tomorrow.