Graduate Program

Graduate program

Engaging today’s law students to create tomorrow’s leaders

Cornwalls recognises the important role the graduate program has to offer our firm. The graduate program has been the entry point for many of our current partners, and it provides law graduates with a real experience: an opportunity to grow into a great lawyer, working alongside some of the best lawyers in town.

Our trainees will acquire real skills demanded from the very best lawyers. As a graduate, you will spend time in several different areas of the practice, gaining valuable experience in client service, file management, time management, drafting and problem solving.

When a law graduate joins the firm, they will:


Be part of the culture

Immerse themselves into law firm life, be part of a great culture.


Structured Induction

Undertake Cornwalls structured induction program.

Participate in rotations

Participate in multiple rotations, to gain experience in different practice areas. Rotations help law graduates make an informed decision about which area they want to practice in.


Supportive work environment

Be provided with a supportive and inclusive work environment; the graduate will be allocated a buddy and mentor to guide them through their time at the firm.


Participate in training

Be encouraged to actively participate in relevant training sessions.


Participate in social events

Be encouraged to engage in firm-wide organised social events, allowing them to have fun.

Graduate Key Dates

We currently have no traineeship vacancies.
Enquiries can be directed to the relevant office below.







What we look for

We look for well-rounded graduates with:
  • varied life experiences, including previous work experience (legal and/or non-legal) as well as outside interests
  • a personable, engaging and driven approach
  • a strong and consistent academic record, and an involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • excellent communication skills, including language and interpersonal skills
  • a creative mind and a passion for technology and innovation
  • an understanding of the changing legal landscape.

Seasonal clerkship program (Melbourne Only)

Each year in Melbourne, we offer a seasonal clerkship program that coincides with the summer university semester break. Our seasonal clerkship program gives law students the opportunity to experience life at Cornwalls.

Our program includes:

  • A four-week placement

  • A structured induction program

  • Exposure to real work on real files – this may include drafting correspondence and documents, observing lawyers in meetings, conferences and mediations or at court, and undertaking research tasks.

  • An extensive support network, including an allocated mentor and buddy for guidance and support

  • Participation in practice group training sessions, practical workshops and law graduate development sessions

  • An opportunity to build your networks through meeting various partners and lawyers.

After completing your clerkship with the firm, you’ll have the opportunity to express interest in being considered for a graduate role within the firm.

Seasonal Clerkship Key Dates


Applications for our 2019/2020 Melbourne seasonal clerkship program will open on Monday 8 July 2019 and close on Sunday 11 August 2019 at 11.59 pm.

To apply, submit a covering letter, CV and academic transcript to

Our Locations



Level 10, 114 William Street,
Melbourne Vic 3000, Australia



Level 3, 32 Martin Place,
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia



Level 26, 10 Eagle Street,
Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia