Graduate Lawyer

  • ClassificationPrivate practice
  • Salary$60,000 ~ $65,000
  • Work typePermanent
  • LocationNSW, Australia
  • Posted on14 Jun 2016
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About Us

Swaab Attorneys is a multi-award winning, commercial law firm and has been a finalist in the BRW Client Choice Awards for many years. We have won three times with the most recent win being Best Law Firm (rev under $50m) and Best NSW Firm at the BRW Client Choice Awards. We have also been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Law Awards for employee program of the year.

Swaab proudly serves the middle market; those listed companies, SMEs, family businesses, wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs and start-ups that want a responsive and nimble team of experts who celebrate their contribution to the broader Australian economy. 

Our key areas of practice are corporate, commercial, intellectual property and technology, employment law, property, litigation, insolvency, transport and franchising. We also work across a number of industries including retail and fashion, property, health, professional services and transport. In addition to our commercial practice we also have a highly reputable family law team.

Swaab is a member of Meritas, a global alliance of independent, full service law firms and is its only Sydney based member. This allows us to keep in touch globally, provide extended services to our clients and gives us the exposure and opportunity to work with international businesses.


About the role

As a graduate you will complete three, six month rotations through either our Corporate, Commercial, Litigation, Property and Projects or Family Law practice groups, before joining a practice group. You will be allocated a supervising partner in each rotation and also assigned a Senior Associate or Associate and a buddy to provide you with support and guidance throughout each rotation.

Your business skills and legal knowledge will be developed by undertaking research, drafting letters and legal documents, liaising with clients and getting involved in general day to day matter management. Exposure to clients and partners this early on in your career will enable you to develop your confidence, legal skills and profile at a more accelerated pace.

To make sure you get the best possible start to your career, we also invest in your professional development through internal and externally offered programs.


Why Us?

Our close-knit teams mean that you will have a higher level of engagement with partners and clients than you would get at a larger law firm.

Our graduate program has been designed with flexibility to ensure each graduate gets the most out of their rotation. It is very much a hands on experience. We are large enough to offer you the professional challenges you seek and small enough to provide you with the personal support you need to meet them. We care for our people and you are very much integrated in the wider Firm, not isolated to a practice area.

Our workplace encourages a balance of work and play and we are proud of our family friendly culture. We believe the generosity of spirit of our people, makes this a special place to work.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for passionate and motivated individuals with a solid academic record and varied interests outside of academic life because we value the importance of a balanced lifestyle for individual and organisational health and wellbeing. The successful applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their excellent relationship management skills, their enthusiastic and dedicated approach to their work and a willingness to commit to their careers and learn all they can.


Graduate Application Dates

Applications Open         Friday 10 June

Applications Close        Friday 8 July 2016

For commencement in March 2017.


How to Apply

If you are interested in a graduate position at Swaab Attorneys, please attach a cover letter, CV and your academic transcript in an email to to the attention of Edwina Duncan, HR Advisor.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence.


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