Graduate and Clerkship Programs

Carter Newell’s Graduate and Clerkships programs offer tertiary students the opportunity to experience working in high performing, specialist legal teams.  Our partners and lawyers, who are some of the best in Australia, take a proactive approach in mentoring. Our Graduate and Clerkship programs provide an opportunity to acquire valuable skills and build a strong foundation for a successful legal career.

Graduate Program

Upon completing your law degree, Carter Newell’s Graduate Program consists of two rotations over 12 months. In some cases, variations to this may arise and these opportunities will be advertised as such.

  • 2 x 6-month rotations in 2 different practice areas
  • mentoring from senior lawyers in each practice area
  • a buddy to help you along the way
  • professional development opportunities to help you hone your legal skills
  • financial assistance and study leave for your PLT and admission

We hire most of our Graduates from our Clerkship Program and our Research Law Clerk pool. Occasionally other opportunities are available and will be advertised at that time.


Clerkship Program

Our clerks undertake a three-week clerkship during which they will rotate through various practice teams. The Brisbane vacation clerkship program is open to penultimate year students.

  • Applications for Clerkships open: Monday 17 July 2023
  • Applications for Clerkships close: Friday 11 August 2023
  • Offers will be made: Wednesday 11 October 2023
  • Offers to be accepted or declined: Thursday 12 October 2023

We offer Winter Clerkships in line with the QLS guidelines.

Our Clerks have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, with real legal work, within our Insurance, Construction & Engineering and broader Commercial/Corporate teams. The program also involves networking with recent clerks and graduates, together with profile building and business development sessions to help you in navigating your professional journey.

We are looking for candidates with a proven academic record, highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills, strong attention to detail, excellent written and oral communication skills and a real passion for the law! Our recruitment process will involve an online application, phone interview and face-to-face interview.


Research Law Clerks

Our Research Law Clerks are law students with 12-18 months left of their degree, looking for exposure to a range of practice areas. Working 2-3 days each week, this role provides an introduction to private practice.

If you are interested in participating in Carter Newell's 2024 Winter Clerkship program, please complete the application process below. For further information please contact the People & Culture team, at



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