Clerk and Graduate Careers

Working at CN

Carter Newell is an independent national corporate law firm comprised of eight specialist practice areas and over 140 staff. Many of our firm’s senior lawyers are recognised as leaders of their fields, and the firm has recently been recognised as an Employer of Choice for 2019 by Australasian Lawyer. Our continued growth and success is a result of our emphasis on our people and our unparalleled culture. We recognise that our people are what makes us successful and we pursue excellence in everything we do in an open, friendly and social culture. With offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, our teams collaborate and strengthen one another ensuring outstanding client service and satisfaction. At Carter Newell, you will be encouraged to write your own career journey in a progressive and supportive environment, surrounded by like-minded professionals. If you are looking for a role that will provide an excellent grounding to your legal career then look no further than Carter Newell.

The opportunity 

We offer research law clerk positions, vacation clerkships and a graduate program in line with the QLS guidelines.

Our vacation clerkship program provides law students in their pre-penultimate and penultimate year of study the opportunity to experience working in our high performing, specialist teams right from day one. Our three-week rotational program will allow Clerks to work closely with senior lawyers across two different practice areas on a range of challenging matters and provide insight into the day-to-day life at Carter Newell. Our Clerks will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within our Insurance, Construction & Engineering and broader Commercial/Corporate teams under the guidance and support of an assigned buddy. 

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.

In line with the QLS guidelines, our Winter Clerkship program will take place during the 2022 June/July University holidays running from Monday, 27 June to Friday, 15 July 2022 and adhere to the recruitment dates outlined below:


Monday 5 July 

Applications for clerkships open

Monday 26 July

Legal Careers Expo 

Friday 13 August

Applications for clerkships close at 5pm AEST

Thursday 7 October

Offers for vacation clerkships made by participating firms

Friday 8 October

Offers for vacation clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5pm AEST


If you are interested in participating in Carter Newell's 2022 Winter Clerkship program, please complete the application process below. For further information please contact, Whitney Goodwin, Human Resources Advisor, at

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