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Graduate Programme

Our 12 month graduate programme gives you the opportunity to work on real cases and transactions.

You will rotate through three different teams, gaining invaluable experience in multiple areas of commercial law, and at the end of the 12 months we'll work with you to decide which team to settle in.

Our Ashurst Activate Development Programme will help you develop your skills with tailored training sessions that complement your on-the-job training. You will also attend in-house Practical Legal Training to support your Admission, with study leave and admission fees paid for by Ashurst.

Most of our graduate roles are offered to people who have clerked with us, however we do occasionally recruit outside of clerkship programmes. These ad hoc opportunities will be advertised on our careers website.


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What we can offer you

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Real work

You'll have the chance to work on real cases and transactions which may include, attending court, liaising with clients, working on pro bono matters, attending CLE sessions, drafting documents, completing research, and more! You'll get a realistic understanding of what it's like to be an Ashurst lawyer in each team you rotate through.

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Three rotations

At Ashurst, each graduate's journey is unique to them. You'll have an individually tailored plan of three rota-tions, typically a mixture of advisory, transactional and litigious teams. Our Partners and Early Careers Team work with you to identify the best fit with our teams.

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Professional development

You'll be empowered to develop your knowledge and skills through on the job experiences, learning from others and structured development opportunities. From attending career transitions programmes, to ongoing supervisor feedback and mentoring opportunities, to engaging in interesting work and projects, these are just a few of the many experience you'll get as an Ashurst Grad.


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Leah Alysandratos

"Choosing Ashurst was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. From my first day as a clerk, I had a gut feeling that this was the place I wanted to work, grow my career and begin my life in the law."

Leah Alysandratos, Graduate 2023

Brandon Draper

"The culture at Ashurst is truly unique. The firm has a strong and genuine commitment to inclusivity and ensures all graduates are equipped with market leading training to help them grow personally and professionally."

Brandon Draper, Graduate 2023


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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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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.