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MinterEllison Graduate Programs & Clerkships

MinterEllison is an international law firm, headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of the Asia-Pacific's leading law firms. Our teams collaborate across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK to provide trusted, seamlessly integrated solutions to our clients.

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Past MinterEllison Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at MinterEllison, 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 MinterEllison hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Clerkships (67%),

  • Graduate Jobs (33%),


  • Computer Science (17%),

  • Law (83%),


  • Canberra (33%),

  • Sydney (33%),

  • Adelaide (17%),

  • Brisbane (17%),

  • Melbourne (17%),

Work rights

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (83%),

  • Australian Student Visa (67%),

  • Australian Working Visa (67%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (50%),

Past MinterEllison Graduate Programs & Clerkships

Check out some of MinterEllison's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


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Lead change and disruption in our March 2021 Revolution Graduate Program


Graduate Jobs




Sydney and 1 other locations


Closed 4 months ago

ITNewcom is experiencing an exciting period of growth and is paving the way in delivering seamless integrated consulting and legal solutions to clients seeking sophisticated technology outcomes. Due to our growth we are currently looking for two Technology Consulting Graduates to join the team!


Graduate Jobs






Closed 5 months ago

Your future. Your choice. Choose to make an impact. Apply now for MinterEllison's 2020/2021 Melbourne Clerkship Program.








Closed 6 months ago

You future. Your choice. Choose to make an impact. Apply now for MinterEllison's 2020/2021 Adelaide Clerkship Program.








Closed 6 months ago

The world is being disrupted and market demands are changing. The next generation of our clerks and graduates will transform the future of legal services – we can give you the skills you need to do it well.








Closed 6 months ago

The world is being disrupted and market demands are changing. The next generation of our clerks and graduates will transform the future of legal services – we can give you the skills you need to do it well.







About MinterEllison


At MinterEllison, we’re driven by a strong sense of purpose. We create lasting impacts with our clients, our people and our communities.

As one of Asia Pacific’s leading law firms, our clients look to us to help them address their most complex legal and business challenges. But we know, in a world of relentless disruption, we also need to think beyond the law. We’re driving digital transformation and embedding a culture of curiosity and innovation. We’re investing in adjacent consulting capabilities that enable us to provide seamlessly integrated solutions to our clients. And our people are committed to making a meaningful difference in the communities they live and work in.

Our four lines of business:

Capital Markets and Corporate

The Capital Markets & Corporate group is the largest of MinterEllison’s four lines of business and focuses on helping our clients grow. Doing a deal can be a significant and transformative undertaking and every decision made during the transaction life cycle is critical to its success.

Disputes, Competition and Insurance

MinterEllison was the first law firm to incorporate a risk and regulatory consulting capability. You will join a diverse team with a diverse skill set and true industry focus, learning from experts in sectors like health and ageing; financial services and insurance; government; energy and resources; and infrastructure and construction.

Infrastructure, Construction & Property

Our Infrastructure, Construction & Property group is a leading line of business not only at MinterEllison, but in the entire market. We take on matters from major infrastructure projects, land acquisitions, urban development and leasing to complex dispute resolution in construction, planning and environmental matters. To put it simply, we shape the environment of Australia.

Consulting Solutions

Our Consulting Solutions group is a trusted adviser to clients in technology, tax, human resources and industrial relations matters. We use the latest data analytics and technology platforms to provide creative, innovative and powerful solutions. And we’re making history in Australia.

Our technology consulting team is the nation’s first to provide complete end-to-end specialist technology consulting and legal services. And as the largest tax practice in any Australian law firm, our tax consulting group stands apart from any other Australian legal and accounting firm in the Asia-Pacific region. Our human resources and industrial relations team advises a range of employers, from multinationals and major government entities to smaller organisations. With our team, you’ll be able to build a well-rounded understanding of the full spectrum of employment law issues.

Additional facts

  • MinterEllison acts for 72% of ASX50 companies
  • MinterEllison has been ranked #21 in the fourth annual edition of LinkedIn's “Top Companies to work for” Australia list 2019.
  • MinterEllison is a AWEI Gold Employer, recognised for our commitment to LGBTI+ inclusion.
  • MinterEllison has the largest tax practice in any Australian law firm.
  • For the third consecutive year, MinterEllison has the highest number of individual Best Lawyer listings (2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia).
  • MinterEllison is ranked #1 in Lawyers Weekly, Top 25 Attraction Firms.
  • MinterEllison won the 'Innovation in New Business and Service Delivery Models' category for the firm's Legal Operations Model at the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer Awards 2019.
  • MinterEllison is the most ranked firm in Chambers & Partners Australia Guide for 2019.
  • Business Excellence Award for Professional and Business Services at the AustCham Westpac Australia China Business Awards (ACBA).
  • MinterEllison was named Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious RFi and AB+F Australian Insurance Awards 2018.

Our Clerkship and Graduate Programs


We believe graduate programs should allow you to explore your interests.

Our programs expose you to a wide variety of business areas, skills, teams and challenges, helping you understand where your strengths lie. You’ll be given challenging and career-building opportunities, and responsibilities that no other program provides so early in a graduate’s career. We want you to be more than just a technically excellent lawyer. We want you to be make an impact.

Clerkship program


Ready to practise law in the real world? We pride ourselves on giving clerks real work with real clients, so you can start your career with confidence.

Be part of our clerkship program where you’ll undertake exhilarating real-world legal work for clients. Clients who trust us to help them solve their most complex problems, in the most innovative and efficient way. You’ll be guided every step of the way by our industry-leading and commercially driven lawyers and partners. But your career is about more than just a job. We’ll also give you opportunities to grow personally – as well as professionally. And we’ll guide you every step of the way.

In our program, you will:

  • get a taste of life at MinterEllison
  • be taught all the practical tools you’ll need to succeed through our orientation program
  • experience roles in our different lines of business, helping you decide which area is right for you
  • be mentored by a partner, supervisor, and buddy.

There are summer and winter programs available nationally of varying durations.

Graduate program


You’ve started your career and now it’s time to thrive. We have a program designed just for that. And it’s award-winning.

Our graduates quickly gain legal and business expertise by working alongside high-performing partners, lawyers and professionals in a collaborative and innovative environment. You will have the opportunity to rotate through different practice areas. And be part of inspiring and challenging transactional, advisory and litigation work.

We’ll give you real responsibility and autonomy. And we’ll be by your side supporting you as you take those responsibilities on. We will set you up with a mentoring partner for each rotation, a supervisor to guide your day-to-day work, and a buddy to help you settle in and navigate your different practice group experiences and offer program support and direction.

We are your partners in success. Every day, we will help you bring your best self to work, navigate challenges, and ensure that at the end of the program you are best positioned for the next step you want to take.

Our award-winning development program includes:

  • our extensive orientation program, which builds on your experience as a clerk and imparts our firm strategy, culture and legal insights
  • an on-site MinterEllison Practical Legal Training program in partnership with The College of Law
  • ongoing legal and business skills workshops
  • a unique, strengths-based approach to performance and development
  • modules on health and wellbeing (which we believe are the cornerstones of sustained high performance)
  • ongoing learning and networking events run by our Junior Professionals Committee
  • our My Support team program, which includes an allocated buddy, supervisor and mentor
  • a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop to better understand your working style and how to work best with others
  • admission support – and celebrations!

Hear From Our Graduates


William Vu discussing mentoring

Emily Miers discussing finding the balance between her profession and personal goals

Arman Saffar discussing the culture at MinterEllison

Grow Your Career With Us


Start with your clerkship, receive a graduate offer, and continue working casually with us through your final year at university, before beginning your career as a MinterEllison graduate.

After the Graduate Program, you'll settle into a practice group. Once admitted as a Lawyer, career progression opportunities include Associate, Senior Associate, Special Counsel and Partner.

Why Choose Us


Our clerks and graduates become well-rounded, technically excellent lawyers who help to solve some of our clients’ most complex challenges. But we’ll empower you to be so much more.

At MinterEllison, we’re driven by a strong sense of purpose. We create lasting impacts with our clients, our people and our communities.

As one of Asia Pacific’s leading law firms, our clients look to us to help them address their most complex legal and business challenges. But we know, in a world of relentless disruption, we also need to think beyond the law. We’re driving digital transformation and embedding a culture of curiosity and innovation. We’re investing in adjacent consulting capabilities that enable us to provide seamlessly integrated solutions to our clients. And our people are committed to making a meaningful difference in the communities they live and work in.

We support you to succeed

Your success is our success. Which is why we celebrate and invest in our people. We’re committed to helping our people achieve their best. And our development programs and initiatives are second to none. We’re always working to open more doors for you. Recently, we restructured our organisation to make it even easier to collaborate across all our offices and access an international network of brilliant legal thinkers. Our structure also offers new career paths, allowing you to seamlessly work across multiple practice areas.

We are proud of our diversity

We believe diversity makes us stronger. Our culture values individual contributions, teamwork, innovation and productivity regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, faith, sexual orientation, family structures or if you have a disability. In other words, we believe everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work. It’s why our people perform so well. We’re continuously focused on fostering an inclusive work environment. Because, we know, a workplace that harnesses the power of diversity and makes it central to collaboration will enhance our collective ability to create lasting impacts with our clients, our people and our communities.

We help our communities

Our impact in the community sits at the heart of who we are. Our people actively contribute to the communities they live and work in. We're passionate about making justice accessible to everyone, and working with young people and others experiencing homelessness and poverty to help break the cycle of disadvantage. Our community partnerships ensure that our resources go exactly where they’re needed. With our pro bono legal work, student mentoring, workplace giving and voluntary board service, our collective work makes a real impact.

We know there’s more to life than your job

We support a range of flexible working arrangements, including part-time, job-sharing, variable start and finish times, and working from home. Keen to study, work overseas or be a judge’s associate? We won’t make it hard for you to accept an amazing offer. That’s why we offer unpaid leave for special requirements not covered by our usual leave policies. Your job should never get in the way of your health and wellbeing – it should improve it. We offer numerous employee benefits such as free gym memberships, counselling services, discounted health insurance, even in-house massages.

Social & Environmental Responsibility


Here at MinterEllison, our impact in the community sits at the heart of who we are. We work alongside community organisations and partner with our clients to provide transformative outcomes for individuals, our community partners and social enterprises.

Throughout FY19, our Community Investment Program supported more than 100 organisations, breaking cycles of disadvantage in the community through partnership and collaboration.

We worked to improve access to justice and support Homeless Persons Legal Services with organisations such as Justice Connect, StreetLaw ACT, Law Access WA and LawRight.

We were proud to make a meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of students across Australia, and our longstanding collaboration with Australia's CEO Challenge is just one of the ways we worked to support those impacted by domestic and family violence.

And we promoted economic participation through our Social Procurement Policy, with goods and services sourced from social enterprises including The Bread and Butter Project, Yaru Water and Orana Commercial Relocations.

How we deliver impact

At the heart of every community initiative we undertake is a spirit of purpose and partnership. Our deep, long-term community partnerships often feature a combination of:

  • Pro bono legal work
  • Outreach legal clinics for homeless clients
  • Law reform and policy-related research to inform social change
  • Student mentoring and school partnerships
  • Pro bono secondments
  • Event hosting
  • Workplace giving and employee donation matching
  • Donations and sponsorships
  • Fundraising activities
  • Voluntary board service for charities and not-for-profits

Diversity & Inclusion

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At MinterEllison, we know a workplace that leverages diversity through a culture of inclusion will foster stronger connections with colleagues and clients enhancing the ability to create innovative solutions.

We aspire to create an inclusive, high performance culture where our people bring their whole selves to work, feel at their best and work to their strengths. This will allow us to provide real value for our clients and deliver a distinctive experience.

To achieve this aspiration, we commit to:

  • realising 30% female partners by 2020
  • realising 30% female Board membership by 2020
  • embedding an inclusive culture in every sense that leverages diversity of thought
  • Progressing cultural diversity at MinterEllison and in the legal industry
  • being our clients' best partner in embedding LGBTI Inclusion

Our results

In celebrating our story to date, we know that:

  • 89% of our people believe our partners and managers genuinely support equality between genders
  • 64% of our total workforce identify as female
  • 26% of our legal partnership body identify as female
  • 67% of our business operations directors identify as female
  • 25% of our people are members or allies of our internal LGBTI Network - Pride, Respect and Inclusion at MinterEllison (PRiME)
  • 52% of our people who have participated in Empower work flexibly (Empower is a bespoke program focused on redesigning work practices)
  • 64 different languages are spoken across the firm
  • 88% of our people believe our partners and managers support diversity in the workplace
  • However, the work to embed inclusion and leverage diversity at MinterEllison continues well beyond the numbers.

Our activities

Inclusion at MinterEllison is closely aligned to the value we constantly challenge ourselves to deliver to our clients and create for our people. It is a critical strategic imperative for us.

Effective inclusion focuses on a curiosity and drive to do things differently, always looking to raise the bar in how we bring diverse teams together to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients. This includes challenging the status quo regarding what we do, how we do it and where we do it.

We know that inclusion is a win-win game delivering better outcomes for our clients, our people and our firm.

Gender Equality

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Gender Equality Employer of Choice 10 years running

Our workforce is 65% women and we're seeing women enter the legal profession in greater numbers to men year-on-year. This past financial year, we were proud to be recognised for our collective efforts to drive Gender Equality as a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice for the 10th consecutive year.

In FY19, our key milestones included:

  • Exceeding our target of 40% women Board members – 50% of our Board members are women
  • Introducing new 2025 Partnership gender targets of 40:40:20 – 40% women, 40% men, 20% any gender
  • The firm's CEO and Managing Partner Annette Kimmitt being appointed a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador
  • Introducing new Agile Working Guidelines to promote flexible and agile working across the firm to enhance productivity and work life balance, and to strengthen client relationships.
  • Launching a new working and parenting program with specialist provider Karitane to strengthen our support of working parents and carers

LGBTQ Inclusion

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Our PRIME (Pride, Respect and Inclusion at MinterEllison) Committee works with our Diversity & Inclusion team to celebrate and promote LGBTQ inclusion at MinterEllison, and ensure this is embedded in the way we work with our people, clients and community.

AWEI Gold Employer for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

In May 2019, we were proud to be named an AWEI Gold Employer and recognised as Top 3 Employer in Australia at the LGBTI Inclusion Awards.

In FY19, we:

  • Partnered with Pride in Diversity to deliver face-to-face LGBTQ+ Awareness & Engaging Allies development sessions (available to all of our people)
  • Launched our new Transitioning in the Workplace Policy, which supports our gender diverse and transgender colleagues who are affirming their gender identity. The policy provides 5 additional days of paid leave, as well as other vital support and resources
  • Celebrated LGBTQ+ dates of significance with national events across the firm including IDAHOBIT Day, Mardi Gras and Wear it Purple Day
  • Provided pro bono legal advice to our long-standing client Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Raised funds for LGBTQ+ charities including The Pinnacle Foundation and Minus18

Disability Inclusion

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In FY19, we launched our first Disability Inclusion program which includes an Accessibility Action Plan focused on providing more universal access and support for our people and clients in our workplaces, our technology and in the community. Our Accessibility Action Plan contains committed goals and actions, and through the commitment of our people we're working together to create a more accessible and inclusive workplace at MinterEllison.

At present, the firm has in place:

  • Policies to support an inclusive workplace for people with disability
  • Relationships with JobSupport and other external providers to support in the recruitment, onboarding and continued success of our people with disability to ensure long-term, rewarding careers
  • External partnerships to deliver greater impact in the community, including partnering with Cushman and Wakefield to sponsor the VIVID Tumbalong Lights and Invictus Games as their Official Lawyers and an Official Supporter
  • Flexible working arrangements and technology support

Indigenous Programs

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Our Reconciliation Action Plan reflects the commitment of our people to help create an environment where greater economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can become a reality. We’re passionate about closing the gap for Indigenous Australians and were proud to join with our peers in the legal profession to support the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

Progressing Reconciliation and Cultural Inclusion at MinterEllison

We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2018 and have now delivered on all of the objectives set out in the Plan, ahead of schedule.

Throughout FY19, we:

  • Built significant relationships with indigenous communities in rural, remote and urban locations with the aim of partnering to increase economic participation
  • Developed employment pathways for Indigenous tertiary students which resulted in an increase in indigenous employment at the Firm
  • Recognised Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week with events across all offices with 600 people in attendance
  • Delivered Cultural Awareness Training workshops in our offices across Australia

Through the Firm's Pro Bono and Community Investment Program we delivered more than 1000 hours of pro bono support to Indigenous organisations, and have procured approximately $400k worth of Indigenous goods and services, consistent with our RAP objectives. Work is underway to develop our next Reconciliation Action Plan which will be launched in 2020.

MinterEllison has committed to the Legal Profession Cultural Diversity Principles and we're measuring the impact of initiatives to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work. We celebrated dates of significance for our culturally diverse workforce and developed our 2019 MinterEllison Engagement Survey to obtain baseline data about the diversity of our people and their experience at MinterEllison.


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