so you’re ready to take the
first step in your legal career.
no doubt you have a lot of questions.


will i get hands on experience?

will i get to try different areas of law?

will i get exposure to clients?

will i have a work life balance?


our answer is yes and a whole lot more!

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meet our people

our graduate

We want our graduates to become strong, commercially minded lawyers. That means working closely with clients to understand the challenges they face, identifying opportunities for them and adding value to their businesses. One day you might be in a client’s factory or head office. Another you could be in court or front and centre at a mediation.

Our year-long graduate program will see you rotate every three months through a range of law practice areas. We want to give you the opportunity to see what you enjoy and where you would like to focus your career long term. This is your year so make the most of it!

We don’t expect you to know it all. In fact, your professional development is a key priority for us. You will be able to take part in our Macpherson Kelley Business School, as well as Business Bootcamps which feature practical scenarios and real world case studies. You’ll also receive mentoring and regular feedback from our senior lawyers.

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tips and tricks for applying

we provide
you with

an extensive induction and on-boarding program

mentoring and coaching, including a buddy to help transition you into your new role

regular feedback

exposure to clients via meetings, mediation and events

opportunities to build your career

fun activities – social, sporting and community focused events

a down to earth and flexible workplace culture


  • am I a good fit for macpherson kelley?

    When you consider how different each and every one of our people is, it’s not an easy question to answer but for everything that’s different about our people, there are a few traits you will find in all of them.
    They are commercial, energetic, ambitious, entrepreneurial and confident. They talk straight, are pragmatic and get involved. Getting involved is important at our firm, there are no ringside seats available. It’s these things that make each one of us a good fit for Macpherson Kelley.

  • does the graduate program vary from state to state?

    Ever so slightly, though our graduate program is truly national.

    The Victorian Graduate Program is a 12 month rotation across a range of practice areas exposing you to a variety of different law experiences. In 2020 we will have graduates based in both our Dandenong and Melbourne offices. Our Victorian graduates complete Supervised Legal Training, allowing for practical on-the-job training.

    New South Wales
    2020 will see our first intake of graduates to our Sydney office. Much the same as Victoria and Queensland, our New South Wales based graduates will complete 4 rotations over a 12 month period and will be enrolled in the College of Law PLT course.

    Aligning with the other states and completing a 12 month program in line with the QLS guidelines, our Brisbane graduates will experience the full suite of legal practice areas we offer.

  • what do you look for in graduate applications?

    We are interested in who you are and the individual strengths you can bring to Macpherson Kelley. We do not look to fill a particular mould.

    We recruit employees from a diverse range of backgrounds who we think exemplify our core values: talk straight, play as a team and better each day.

  • what will make my application stand out?

    When reviewing applications, we focus on:

    • a desire to pursue a career in commercial law and demonstrated commercial awareness
    • strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • a balanced life – we want to see what interests you outside of law
    • solid academic results
    • a proven ability to work effectively in a team
  • what should my application include?

    To apply you will be required to answer a few screening questions and upload the below documents:

    • a brief cover letter, outlining your interests and suitability for a position at Macpherson Kelley
    • a current CV, outlining work experience, extra-curricular activities, academic and non-academic achievements
    • a current academic transcript
    • if you were referred to the graduate program by someone already at the firm, please include their details in your application
  • any other application tips?

    • tell us why you are interested in working with us and what attracted you to Macpherson Kelley
    • show us you’ve done research on the firm
    • summarise your key skills, interests, extra-curricular activities and work experience
    • always check your application carefully for formatting, spelling and grammatical errors
    • make sure you get your application in on time—allow time for any technical problems
  • Any advice for video interviews/ assessment centre/interviews?

    Just be yourself and relax. We want you to meet our people and find out more about us! That way, you make a decision on whether we are the right firm for you.

    Be ready and willing to try anything! Think of our values and how you could display them during this process.

    How to prepare for your interview:

    • be across recent news about the firm, clients, competitors and areas in which we work
    • practice for the interview with friends or family
    • read through your initial application before your interview to refresh your memory
    • be punctual
    • be honest and try to relax
    • make eye contact with the interviewers; try not to fidget
    • emphasise your strengths and potential, not your shortcomings
    • prepare some questions you really want to know the answers to

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