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Legal Aid Queensland’s Law Graduate Programs

Current law graduate program applications closed

Applications for our current law graduate program are now closed. Future programs will be advertised on this page.

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 So, you've spent the last few years of your life submerged in your legal studies and accumulating valuable, hands-on experience. But now you're ready to start considering that crucial next step—where to start your legal career.

Legal Aid Queensland offers 2 law graduate programs:

  • Legal Aid Queensland Law Graduate Program
  • Legal Aid Queensland First Nations Law Graduate Program (open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples only).

Note: Applications now closed

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Why apply

Our Law Graduate programs allow you to:

  • do interesting work and gain great experience
  • work with great people and learn from the best in the business
  • make a difference while having a work life balance

Legal Aid Queensland's Law Graduate Program — welcome to a career that matters!

Graduates are eligible to apply for our law graduate program if they have successfully completed their law degree and have not yet practised as a lawyer for more than 6 months.

Experience that sets you apart

Legal Aid Queensland's graduate lawyers are mentored by senior lawyers and work in a supportive environment so they can take charge of a file load, deal directly with clients and appear in court on their behalf.

Work and still have a life

Want to do work that matters while still having a life? It's possible with a career at Legal Aid Queensland. We are committed to helping staff find a balance between work and the things that really matter away from the office. We work a 36.25 hour week (full time hours) and offer flexible working arrangements and a range of wellbeing programs.

Be rewarded

Picture working for an organisation that offers a competitive salary and conditions, 12.75% employer super contributions and industry-leading salary packaging arrangements.

Career paths that get you ahead

Want to do interesting and rewarding work? That's what you'll be doing as a graduate lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland. You'll get to do varied work that will give you the right mix of skills and experience to build a successful legal career. Whether you're interested in criminal law, family law or civil law, your career will be on the right track working with one of Queensland's largest law firms.

We're offering successful applicants a 2-year temporary contract with Legal Aid Queensland.

In year 1, you will spend 6 months in a criminal law placement and 6 months in a family and civil law placement. In year 2, graduates will have the opportunity to develop more specialised skills through a 12-month program focusing on developing the skills needed for successful practice in their chosen specific area of law.

Feel good about the work you do

If you're committed to principles like social justice and equity, then you should apply for the law graduate program with Legal Aid Queensland. In this role you'll be helping some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Queensland. The work can be challenging, but is infinitely rewarding.

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