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Erin Tomicic
Erin Tomicic
Talent Acquisition Consultant (Graduates)
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Graduate program

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Sparke Helmore is delighted to make it into the GradConnection Top 100 category list for “Most Popular Law Graduate Employers” across Australia.

 

See what our graduates have to say about launching a career at Sparke Helmore

Read Sparke Helmore’s latest graduate brochure.

Why choose Sparke Helmore?

Sparke Helmore offers graduates a challenging and rewarding way to kick start their legal career.

Working at Sparke Helmore provides all employees with a unique range of opportunities to expand their knowledge, with access to:

  • Market-leading expertise—we are a full service national law firm who work with a loyal and exceptional client base.  You will be involved in matters that will engage you, challenge you and give you unparalleled opportunity to grow and deepen your expertise.
  • 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 our success. We are always on the look-out for graduates with potential to progress, who fit with our culture and align with our values, and who demonstrate, among other things, intelligence, interpersonal skills, commitment, energy and commerciality.

Sparke Helmore graduates are:

  • "All-rounders" who engaged in extra-curricular pursuits as well as their studies (our graduates have often excelled at mooting, debating, team sports or student politics in addition to their studies)
  • Team players
  • Clear and concise writers
  • Confident and articulate communicators
  • Experienced in any of the following: summer clerkships, casual paralegal positions, voluntary legal aid experience and tipstaffing

What can you expect as a graduate at Sparke Helmore?

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

The program includes specialised soft skill training to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to become a capable and well-rounded practitioner. 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 your first day.

Our graduates also have 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

From the start of the interview process until now as a graduate at the firm, Sparke Helmore has always stood out to me as a supportive, inclusive and reputable firm. Sparkes recognises that graduates are the future of the firm and invests time, resources and energy into developing graduates to become the best lawyers we can be. Each partner and lawyer I have had the opportunity to work with has been down to earth and approachable, taking a genuine interest in getting to know you and your interests. As a graduate in the Corporate and M&A team, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of fascinating matters, spanning from corporate governance issues, IPOs, modern slavery, share and company acquisitions and undertaking due diligence. Even as a junior, I have been exposed to large and complex transactions with blue chip clients and I am afforded autonomy and responsibility over my day-to-day work. I have also been involved in several rewarding pro bono matters in the first few months of the program which has enabled me to get hands-on experience and develop my skillset outside my practice area.

The firm provides juniors with fantastic career development opportunities beyond the graduate program. Sparkes’ culture is truly unparalleled, attracting exceptional people which makes working each day enjoyable. I have felt welcomed and valued from day one and feel very fortunate to have started my legal career in such a supportive, flexible and collaborative environment.

— Laura Worrad, Graduate

I started with Sparke Helmore as a paralegal in our Melbourne office in 2020 and joined the graduate program in Sydney in 2022. As a graduate in the Commercial Litigation team every day has been a new challenge, a new way to broaden my thinking and apply the skills I’ve learnt from university and prior experience working in the Government Administrative team at Sparke. One of the many perks of the graduate program at Sparke Helmore is the opportunity to get involved in important matters alongside team members and not just working on administrative tasks. From day one I have been heavily involved in complex commercial litigation, involving multiple parties, voluminous statements of evidence and extensive discovery work.

Surprisingly, I’ve also been involved in a criminal matter which is something I was not expecting to work on in the commercial litigation team. The varied nature of the matters can be challenging at times but it also ensures that each day is not the same. The team here at Sparke really values their employees and is committed to the continuing professional development of each and every graduate.

— Rezwan Attai, Graduate

I started at Sparke Helmore in the Commercial Insurance team as a Grad in 2021, having first worked with the firm as a Paralegal.  Coming from a boutique firm, entering a corporate nation-wide firm was certainly challenging and adjusting, however I have always felt supported and fostered in my role.  It was made clear from the beginning that Sparke is a firm that really invests in and prioritises their juniors, which has allowed me to comfortably reach out and ask questions about anything, ranging at first from everyday procedural tasks, to the more complex and technical matters I’m now tasked with.  I have engaged in meetings with clients, drafted advices on complex issues of liability and quantum and instructed counsel on larger matters, all whilst regularly receiving feedback from associates and partners that allows me to hone in my skills and develop my knowledge.

Our graduate program at Sparke has allowed me to develop analytical, drafting and professional skills in the workshops, network with other grads whilst we navigate PLT and has been an amazing start to my career as a lawyer. It truly is an environment and culture where I feel valued, challenged and supported every single day.

— Teegan White, Graduate  

Looking to join us?

Graduate Opportunities at Sparke Helmore

We recruit graduates in all nine of Sparke Helmore’s offices depending on business requirements. Where graduate positions become available they will be advertised through the ‘Join Us’ section on our Careers Page.

Sydney - Graduates

We understand that finding the right firm to start your career can be a daunting process which is why we want to work with you to find the best solution for you. We give you the opportunity to tell us what's important to you and for us to assist with helping you get to where you want to be.

Sparke Helmore understands that some graduates are passionate and committed to a career in one of our specific practice groups but others may not know where they would like to specialise at such an early stage of your career and for this reason our 2022 / 2023 program will offer you the opportunity to tell us whether you would like to commence your career in a specific practice group or whether your preference is to rotate through different areas.

 

Sydney – Graduate Application Process Key Dates

Key Dates for 2022

Monday 28 February

Applications for graduate positions open.

Sunday 10 April 

Applications for graduate positions close at 5:00pm.

Monday 2 May

Interviews for graduate positions commence.

Friday 3 June

Offers for graduate positions can be made.

Friday 10 June

Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm.

 

Canberra – Graduate Application Process Key Dates

Key Dates for 2022

Thursday 17 March

Applications for graduate positions open.

Sunday 10 April 

Applications for graduate positions close at 5:00pm.

Monday 2 May

Interviews for graduate positions commence.

Friday 3 June

Offers for graduate positions can be made.

Friday 10 June

Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm.