Law students and graduates
Working at Lander & Rogers equips you with the skills needed to thrive in today's rapidly evolving market.
As part of our law student and graduate jobs, you'll learn in an environment where new ideas are welcomed and knowledge is freely exchanged. We're a vibrant firm that invests in its people and supports young lawyers to get the best out of themselves while leading healthy, balanced lives.
We look for individuals who enjoy the challenge of solving complex and interesting legal problems – but we're not just looking for bright legal minds. Our firm is successful because we forge strong relationships with our clients and each other. We look for authentic people with high emotional intelligence.
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Our firm is an ecosystem where lawyers, tech innovators and business experts collaborate on ground-breaking solutions – for the benefit of our clients, communities, the environment, and the legal profession.
Starting your legal career is exciting but can also be overwhelming. We understand this feeling because we remember what it was like to start out in the law. Don't worry – we'll provide the guidance and support you'll need to find your feet quickly. Mentoring and structured professional development are just the beginning. We support our people to live balanced, healthy, fulfilling lives.
We advise some of Australia's largest and most recognisable organisations – brands like AECOM, Allianz, Bosch, Bunnings, Ford, Mercer, Qantas, QBE, EO, Stockland, Surf Life Saving, Telstra and Wesfarmers. But we also understand the importance of giving back to the community. We're devoted to improving access to justice through our dedicated pro bono program.
We genuinely care about our people. We're a close-knit and collegiate team that enjoys each other's company and relishes the exchange of ideas and knowledge. Our work is often fast-paced, but our lawyers look after each other and benefit from award-winning wellbeing programs. Enjoy a healthy and socially vibrant workplace where you can produce great work and enjoy yourself in the process.
We're a firm that believes doing real legal work is the best way for our junior lawyers to learn. Soon after you arrive, you'll be working with real clients. Challenge and extend yourself while receiving mentoring and support to help you begin realising your potential.
Seasonal clerks (Melbourne only)
This program is designed to help you understand what it's like to practise law at Lander & Rogers. You'll develop a feel for why people work here, where they’ve come from, and what they do when they’re not being lawyers.
Clerkships happen during the university holidays (Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb and June/July). You'll spend four weeks in one of our practice areas, working closely with a senior and junior lawyer who will guide and mentor you.
Your work will likely 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 (including meetings, mediations and court proceedings)
- attending practice group discussions
You will also attend:
- 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 (e.g. writing and taking instructions)
- social opportunities (e.g. weekly coffee catch ups, staff drinks, sporting and wellbeing activities)
The process is simple. All you need to do is submit your CV, cover letter and academic transcript. As well as setting out your key skills and experience, we would like to see:
- who you are – be yourself and let your personality shine through
- your interests and hobbies – we recruit people who are passionate about their career in law but have extracurricular interests too
- what you can offer our firm and why we should recruit you
- what attracts you to working with Lander & Rogers
Graduate program (Melbourne & Sydney)
Successful candidates spend the year developing and honing their legal skills and understanding the business. You will undergo four rotations, spending three months at a time in separate practice areas – providing you with a breadth of experience to inform your preferred specialisation.
You'll be well looked after throughout your graduate year. In each rotation you'll be partnered with a buddy who will welcome you to the firm and provide you with day-to-day support. You'll also be assigned a supervising senior lawyer who will make sure you:
- experience a variety of challenging work
- work with clients to speed your learning process
- receive practical coaching to hone your skills
- get regular feedback on your progress
- are being supported to make a successful transition into the legal profession
Your practical work will increase in complexity as your skills, experience and confidence grow.
While you're undergoing rotations, you'll complete a part-time Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with The College of Law. This will include training in areas including property, litigation, client interviewing, and negotiation.
We recruit graduates under the Law Institute of Victoria priority offer system, which means our graduate positions are usually filled by those who have completed our seasonal clerk program. If additional opportunities arise for graduates who have not completed a seasonal clerkship with us, we will provide further information on this page.
We ask eligible students to apply at the end of the clerkship season. It's important for you to reapply so that we can read an updated version of your CV that includes recent experiences and your latest academic transcript. Given that we'll know each other by this stage, you'll be in a better position to express your interest in a career at Lander & Rogers.
We recruit graduates according to the Law Society of NSW guidelines. Applications usually open in March for the following year.
Development and support
We support our young lawyers with opportunities to expand their skillset and accelerate their career growth. Secondments are available across all areas of the firm, including inter-office and pro bono opportunities.
Our firm encourages lawyers to maintain healthy and balanced lifestyles and we support them through award-winning welfare programs. There are also plenty of non-work activities, including social events, boot camp, yoga, pilates, tennis, triathlons, fun runs, indoor sports competitions, language classes and much more.
Building lawyers of the future
We are committed to developing the next generation of lawyers, through education programs designed to upskill law students in legaltech tools and design thinking.
As part of our seasonal clerk program, clerks participate in The Sprint to learn more about legaltech and its application in automating legal processes.
Life at Landers
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Shayal Autar joined our Family & Relationship law practice group in 2017. During her graduate year she was involved in the landmark case of R v Kelvin. The judgement in this case changed the law in relation to the treatment of children experiencing gender dysphoria.
Gender dysphoria is a condition in which a person feels distress due to a mismatch between their gender identity and their sex assigned at birth. Until R v Kelvin, children needed court authorisation to receive hormone treatment even if they had parental consent.
"During my graduate year at Landers, I was lucky enough to be involved in the landmark and long-awaited judgment in Re Kelvin which confirmed that court authorisation is no longer required for stage 2 treatment, unless there is a controversy regarding the treatment and the young person's capacity to consent to such treatment.
This case has been a rewarding experience for me, in terms of my professional and personal development. I was able to strengthen my drafting skills by converting young persons' stories about their transition and need for the treatment into a legal framework for the purposes of an application to the Family Court.
My involvement has also meant I was able to practice in the law in this area before and after its development, including experiencing the positive impact these changes have had on families and young persons. Experiencing and being involved in the development of the law so early in my legal career was a rare and unique opportunity.
The most fulfilling part of this experience has been appreciating and empathising with young persons' stories regarding their transition, as well as assisting families to access legal representation and have their matter heard by the Family Court when they would otherwise face significant costs and delays in obtaining the treatment. This aspect of the work provided a strong foundation for the work that I now do on a day-to-day basis in the Family & Relationship Law group."
Sometimes even the very newest lawyers get the biggest clients. Shortly after arriving at the firm, 2017 graduate Alannah Slater worked on a case for a large telecommunications provider.
"Just two weeks into life as a newly settled lawyer, I was asked to defend a general protections claim lodged by a former employee of one of our clients, a large telecommunications provider.
The matter required me to review the materials lodged by the former employee, liaise directly with our client, prepare our client's response to the claim, and most excitingly, appear on behalf of our client at the conciliation. The matter was resolved at conciliation on terms that were highly favourable to our client.
As the most junior lawyer in the group, I was honoured to be asked to manage this file and trusted to appear at the conciliation. It was a complex, challenging and fulfilling matter to be involved in, and one of the highlights of my legal career to date."