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Ahead at Ashurst - pre-penultimate programme

Are you looking to gain an insight into commercial law at a top tier global law firm?

Ahead at Ashurst is an introductory program that provides you the opportunity to explore a career in commercial law with a leading firm. Uncover the intricacies of the work, delve into our business operations and practice areas, and receive practical advice to kickstart your career with confidence.

Ahead at Ashurst is open to all second and third year undergraduate law students or first year Juris Doctor students..

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What we can offer you

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Insight into Ashurst

Ahead at Ashurst provides you with the opportunity to learn more about Ashurst, meet our people and see our offices!

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Demystify commercial law

Ahead at Ashurst will demystify the commercial law industry and what a commercial law firm does.


An opportunity to build your network

You will have the opportunity to meet with lawyers and senior members of the firm to ask questions and seek expert advice from experienced legal professionals.

The recruitment process

To apply for Ahead at Ashurst, please head to our careers webpage where you will see the relevant opportunities in each State. We will ask you for your CV, as well as a short response around why you would like to participate in our programme – it's that simple!

Key dates

Ahead at Ashurst – Sydney

Applications Open:

Program Date: Thursday 17 October 2024, from 5:30pm

Ahead at Ashurst – Melbourne

Applications Close: Wednesday 12 June 2024

Program Date: Wednesday 3 July 2024, from 5.30pm

Ahead at Ashurst – Brisbane

Applications Close: Wednesday 12 June 2024

Program Date: Wednesday 3 July 2024, from 5.30pm

Ahead at Ashurst – Canberra

Applications Open:

Program Date: Thursday 24 October 2024, from 5:30pm

Ahead at Ashurst – Perth

October 2024




Applicant Resource Hub

For answers to all your frequently asked questions and information on application & interview tips, the benefits we provide, life at Ashurst, our L&D programmes, and our IDB initiatives.

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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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Contact us

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.

Speak up!

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.