What you'll learn

Get ready to learn in a whole new way. Lots of ways, actually. Our Seasonal Clerk and Graduate programs build on your university education in a range of practical ways from structured training, to workshops, to formal and informal mentoring. But mostly by doing real work for real clients.

We’re looking for people with the intelligence to tackle complex and interesting legal scenarios, energy to absorb new concepts and willingness to work productively with lots of different people.

And we want recruits who are friendly and have a down-to-earth style. Law is a people business, so this is important when dealing with clients and it’s also a key ingredient in our happy workplace.

We want lawyers who are good with people, as well as the law.

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Seasonal clerks - Melbourne

This is your opportunity to sample life in the law, and especially life at Landers – to see whether we’re right for you.

You’ll be among 20-25 students who join us for four weeks working in a single practice area during the university holidays in Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb and June/July.

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We’ll look after you. We’ll ask you what type of practice group you’d prefer. When you get there, you’ll be teamed with two lawyers – one senior and one junior – who’ll guide you through your day-to-day work. Depending on the practice group, it’s likely to involve:

  • researching points of law and summarising your findings
  • drafting correspondence, court documents, and sections of commercial agreements
  • reviewing and analysing legislation and case law
  • observing our lawyers in action at meetings, conferences, mediations, and court
  • attending practice group discussions.

It’s not all work though. You’ll also be involved in activities like:

  • practice group case study sessions to build your understanding of our areas of expertise
  • careers sessions to map out your career possibilities
  • workshops on practical skills like legal writing and taking instructions
  • social opportunities like weekly coffee catch ups, Friday staff drinks, Pilates or Bootcamp.

These experiences will provide you with a much clearer idea of what it means to be a lawyer. You’ll also develop a better feel for the human side of Lander & Rogers, such as why our people work here, where they’ve come from, and what they do when they’re not being lawyers. 

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Graduates - Melbourne and Sydney

You are the future of our firm, so we invest in you. We make sure that you not only get a first-rate introduction to the law, but also an exciting start to a rewarding career. Your graduate year is filled with learning, strong working relationships, friendship, and lots of fun.

The year is built on four practice group rotations of three months each, covering both commercial and litigious areas of practice. We'll ask you to indicate your preferences and we'll do our best to accommodate everybody's interests.

The rotations help you develop broad skills in the law, an understanding of the different areas of our business, and give you a range of experiences to help you choose an area of practice following qualification.

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You'll be well looked after. In each rotation you’re teamed with a buddy who will welcome you into the law firm environment and provide you with day-to-day support. You'll also have a more senior lawyer, your supervisor, who makes sure you experience:

  • the best variety and volume of challenging work
  • involvement with clients to speed your learning process
  • coaching on skills development
  • regular feedback on performance and progress
  • advice on managing your transition into the legal profession.

Your practical work will increase in complexity as you develop skills, experience, and confidence with each rotation.

At the end of each rotation, you’ll debrief with your supervisor and HR contact to discuss your experiences and progress, and to set objectives for the next rotation. At the end of the final rotation, we’ll ask you for your preferred area of practice for placement as a qualified lawyer.

Learning & Development. In addition to the practical, on-the-job learning in rotations, graduates complete a part-time Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with The College of Law.

As part of this, you'll receive training in substantive areas of law such as property and litigation, as well as practical skills training in areas like client interviewing and negotiation. This is in addition to our comprehensive Graduate Learning & Development Program.

It doesn’t stop there. We’re always looking to support people with opportunities for development and career growth and secondments are a large part of this. We regularly have people on secondment across all levels of the firm, including client, inter-office and pro bono opportunities.

We value you and all our people. We stress the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle, so we encourage our graduates to get involved in life at Landers as much as possible.

LandersMax, our health and wellbeing committee, encourages everyone to get involved in activities including BootCamp, Yoga, Pilates, tennis, triathlons, fun runs, indoor sports competitions, language classes, in-house massage, social events, and many more.

Fun? We did mention the social events, didn’t we?