Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years. We recruit clerks and graduates into each of our Australian offices.
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If you’re interested in working at Ashurst, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Ashurst hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
As a global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years, we've built a reputation for providing exceptional standards of service and established ourselves as a leading adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments, on all areas of law including finance, M&A, disputes and competition.
We’re renowned for helping our clients navigate through a complex and constantly evolving global landscape. With 26 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the USA, we offer the reach and insight of a global network combined with deep local market knowledge. And, with our partners and lawyers working across 10 different time zones, we are able to respond to our clients' needs wherever and whenever they need us.
Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice our clients need. As people we are valued by our clients for being approachable, astute and commercially minded. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and for delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.
How we work together
The different cultures, communities and countries within which we operate around the world are immensely varied. The way we actually interact with each other isn’t. The simple fact is: people here like working with each other. We help and challenge each other to develop our thinking and deliver our best work. In every office, you’ll find different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and personalities to learn from.
The best way to understand what it feels like to work here is to actually work here! Every year, we hold clerkships in each of our offices to give you an intensive experience of our culture and the kind of work we do.
We work hard to make sure they’re as useful and as stimulating as possible. You’ll spend time in one or two practice areas (depending on which office you’re in), where you’ll work with a supervising partner, lawyer and a buddy who’ll get you involved in real work. You’ll also attend workshops, training, participate in team social events.
At the end of your clerkship, we’ll consider offering you a place on our graduate program.
Your programme kicks off with an induction and education series where you’ll meet your peers in one location, giving you the chance to build your networks across the nation.
Back in your home office, you’ll benefit from a local induction plus an in-house Practical Legal Training (PLT) course. It's tailored to our firm and so, as you might expect, some modules are chosen for you. We cover all the costs.
We’ll also work closely with you to plan your three rotations, and we’ll review this regularly over the 18 month programme.
Admission and settlement
You'll be admitted as a lawyer once you complete your PLT and, as the end of your programme approaches, we’ll work with you to decide which practice area you join. The choice depends very much on business needs, your preference and your performance.
Even partners with 30 years’ experience still have their "aha!" moments. While the graduate programme will have given you a solid foundation of skills and a knack for disentangling complexities, your experience will continue to grow. Every case, client and colleague will set you off on a new learning curve – so keep an open mind.
Salary & benefits
- Competitive salary
- Additional annual leave scheme
- Salary continuance insurance and travel insurance
- Flexible work policies
- Health and well-being programs
- Subsidised gym membership
- Discounted health insurance
- Sponsored sports teams and events
- Employee assistance schemes
- Concierge and end-of-trip services
There’s an energy and vibrancy you can feel here at Ashurst – and that’s thanks in large to the people who make up our firm. You’ll find a variety of talents, skill sets and backgrounds here, because we specifically seek them out. We trust all of our people and we respect what each of them can contribute as an individual. This we find, brings out the best in all of us: the best work, the best ideas and the best atmosphere. Of course, if you really want to know what the Ashurst community is like, ask the people who’ve helped create it.
Having a diverse range of people opens up a world of ideas and insights for our business and our clients. We actively foster this diversity in a number of ways.
Firstly, we communicate openly through regular newsletters, reports, and articles – reporting on where we are not succeeding as well as where we are. Secondly, we work hard to actively include everyone, through a considered use of employee support groups. These groups put on a huge variety of events to educate, inform and entertain, and, crucially, they act as a forum for ideas, issues and priorities that are conveyed to all the partners. Thirdly, through clear action plans, we make sure our focus is not just on recruiting employees from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, but on supporting them fairly, understanding their perspectives and making them feel genuinely welcome.
Ashurst is an equal opportunities employer. We have a strong track record in providing the support that employees with disabilities require to ensure that they can perform their role as effectively as possible.
Our main aims are to:
- provide staff with disabilities with the support necessary to place them on a level playing field;
- ensure that the challenges faced by those with disabilities are acknowledged;
- secure a working environment that supports disclosure of disability or resilience issues; and
- support health and wellbeing as an integral part of our approach to business.
We understand that being open about a disability can be a difficult decision but by doing so it enables the firm opportunity to discuss what reasonable adjustments and support can be put in place to ensure that employees can perform to the best of their ability.
In recent years, there has been an increasing realisation of the critical importance of supporting mental health and wellbeing as well as good physical health. Ashurst is implementing a range of initiatives to help partners and staff maintain good mental health and support those experiencing mental ill health.
Our Wellbeing Program volunteers to be Wellbeing and Mental Health First Aid Officers. These Officers are intended to be a key resource for partners and staff to support and guide members of the firm who feel they need someone to talk to about their options or concerns regarding their own mental health or the mental health of their colleagues. Formal training is provided to and on-going support ensures they remain abreast of best practice and feel supported in their roles.
Other initiatives include:
- Mindfulness programs
- Lunch and Learn programs such as sleep clinics and disability awareness workshops
- Guest Speakers
- Building knowledge and awareness through recognising key dates such as RU OK? Day
Ashurst is proud of its commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. A commitment to best practice in diversity and inclusion will facilitate the achievement of our long term business strategy and leverage the people and culture which are our key strengths.
We know that:
- A diverse talent pool enables us to leverage the innovative and original thinking critical to providing creative solutions to our clients' problems and setting us apart from our competitors;
- An inclusive culture enables everyone to perform at their best. Higher engagement and better business performance are inextricably linked.
We aim to embed diversity and inclusion into 'business as usual' through:
- Ensuring a level playing field for all through a continual focus on processes and procedures;
- Continually raising awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and promoting events which celebrate different aspects of diversity and inclusion;
- Driving inclusive leadership through personal accountability to secure the appropriate change in culture, with a particular focus on role modelling appropriate behaviours.
The firm employs over 40 different nationalities and acknowledge the importance of understanding colleagues' different ethnic backgrounds, culture and faiths.
We work to deliver on the following objectives as part of our commitment to multiculturalism at Ashurst:
- help promote awareness and understanding of ethnicity, religion, faith and cultures at the firm;
- assist in the recruitment, development and retention of high quality BME candidates/staff; and
- develop connections internally and externally with the community and our clients.
The All at Ashurst employee networks and local offices contribute to these objectives through a variety of events from the celebration of Nowruz (Persian spring festival), to Chinese New Year, Ramadan, and Harmony Day
Our LGBTI network, Spectrum, was launched in 2015 and supports the LGBTI population of the firm. It was established to raise awareness of issues relating to and affecting our staff members and the wider LGBTI community. Ashurst works with a range of LGBTI organisations such as Pride in Diversity (Australia) to help embed a more accepting and inclusive work culture. Ashurst's Spectrum network were nominated as 'Employee Network of the year' at the 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards.
Spectrum's remit is to:
- advise management and the Ashurst committee on issues which may affect the LGBTI population;
- provide a safe forum for discussion and debate of relevant issues;
- facilitate business development with LGBTI clients;
- provide a link with external LGBTI organisations such as Pride in Diversity, Wear it Purple and other support or networking groups;
- work with Graduate Recruitment on targeted recruitment initiatives; and
- foster a sense of LGBTI inclusiveness through informal social events and organised events with other internal or external networks.
Spectrum provides our Australian staff with a forum to discuss ideas, policies and events to help further develop the network. Formal events, talks and participation are open to all.
The firm has implemented a number of initiatives and programs to support the firm's focus on gender:
- The launch of the 'Committed to Change' Initiative which sees the partners of firm commit to taking an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion and taking part in programs such as reverse mentoring which are designed to build awareness and perspective of a range of diversity areas.
- The Australian Women's network which organises a range of events and discussions related to gender diversity issues. The Women's Network aims to create a network of professionals to encourage, inspire and support women. Each year a program of events is organised to celebrate and raise awareness of International Women's Day as well as other key topics throughout the year.
Our Global Managing Partner, Paul Jenkins is personally committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture as is a member of the Male Champions of Change initiative and is a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador.