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Graduate program

Launch your career as a graduate at Sparke Helmore

Applications are now open for the Sydney Graduate Program 2018.

Why choose Sparke Helmore?

The Sparke Helmore Graduate Program is a challenging and rewarding way to kick-start your legal career.

Working at Sparke Helmore provides a range of unique offerings for all employees. Every day our graduates are presented with countless opportunities to expand their knowledge, with access to:

  • Market-leading expertise – we are a full service national law firm. This means you will have the opportunity to gain experience in Insurance, Government, Workplace and Corporate & Commercial practice.
  • Real legal work – from your first day, you will have the opportunity to get involved in legal work that contributes to the firm and its clients.
  • Training and development – a combination of formal and on-the-job training that covers technical and soft skills.
  • Mentoring and networking – we have a proud reputation for mentoring and facilitating relationship building across the firm in a way that fosters personal and career development, networking and the sharing of knowledge, experience and learning.
  • Opportunities to give back – through our Pro Bono and Community Programs.

What do we look for in our graduates?

Our people are key to Sparke Helmore's success. We are always on the look-out for people with the potential to progress, who fit with our culture and demonstrate our values, and who possess the following traits—intelligence, interpersonal skills, commitment, energy and commerciality.

Sparke Helmore graduates are:

  • all-rounders, who are engaged in extra-curricular pursuits as well as their studies
  • team players
  • clear and concise writers
  • confident and articulate communicators, and
  • experienced in the industry through summer clerkships, casual paralegal positions, voluntary legal aid experience or tip staffing.

What can you expect from the program?

The first year of practising law can be daunting. Our graduate program is designed to guide you through the experience, providing you with comprehensive training and mentoring as well as networking opportunities.

During the program, you will receive specialised soft skill training to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to become a capable practitioner and all-rounder. The training covers areas such as time management, business development and firm finances. You will also get to work on high-quality, complex matters with leading legal practitioners from day one.

Our graduate cohort also has access to the firm's mentoring program, which pairs you with a senior lawyer in another practice group, to give you a broader understanding of the firm and its other practice areas.

What past graduates have to say

"Orientation was a great way to mix with the grads in the other offices and get a feel for some of their experiences. I particularly enjoyed the address from Phillip Salem, the National Managing Partner, who spoke to us about his experiences in the legal industry. Culture is something that is somewhat determined by people in senior positions and filters down the chain. I think it says a lot about a firm's culture when someone from such a senior position takes time out of their day to chat to the newest members of the firm."

            Inshani Ward, Government Lawyer, Melbourne

"I have been working as a graduate at Sparke Helmore since December 2016 and during my first three months with the firm I have been made to feel part of the team, and have received invaluable guidance and mentoring from Senior Associates and Partners. Orientation was very helpful as it introduced me to the office systems and integrated technologies which have assisted me with everyday tasks. I was given the information and tools I needed to be confident and well informed when I started."

            Samuel Montague, Law Graduate, Corporate and Commercial, Newcastle

Sydney

We offer a rotational program for graduates in our Sydney office, as well as recruit graduates directly into our practice groups as needed.

The program consists of two six-month rotations. Successful graduates will have the opportunity to:

  • try different areas of law before specialising
  • get real and meaningful experience with matters
  • learn valuable skills from different lawyers and practice groups
  • develop and learn with manageable billing targets
  • build networks and contacts, and
  • receive mentoring and coaching from leading practitioners.

Grads

Key Dates for 2017

Date Activity
1 March Applications for graduate positions open.
14 April Applications for graduate positions close at 5 pm.
8 May Interviews for graduate positions commence.
9 June Offers for graduate positions can be made.
16 June Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5 pm.

Other offices

We recruit graduates directly into practice groups across all of our other offices as needed. Please visit the Current Opportunities section of our website to find out about graduate positions available.