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Ashurst AU

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Through our values and the way in which we work, collaboratively, by thinking differently and being passionate about the quality of we work deliver for our clients and internally for each other.

Our passion to be the most progressive law firm and the way in which we go about achieving this through Ashurst Advance.

Ashurst Advance is our NewLaw division which meets our clients demand for innovative and cost effective legal service delivery. We combine alternative resourcing, process and project management professionals and industry leading technology with Ashurst's legal subject matter experts in an integrated quality assurance package to provide our clients with legal excellence with efficient delivery.

Through a blended approach to learning, you will know what we expect from you from day one. Our training programmes are designed to support you on your journey, allowing you the opportunity to take responsibility and produce the quality work our clients expect. We focus on teaching essential aspects of key areas in which the firm practices, to ensure you have a holistic view of the legal markets in which we work, and the application of the law in practice. Our well-established Graduate Programme supports you to become our leaders and trusted advisers of tomorrow, developing the kind of expertise that sets you apart and encourages you to think differently.

We help you work towards becoming an outstanding and community minded lawyer. One who supports their community and is respected by their community.
We recognise that lawyers have a moral obligation and a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those who would otherwise be without. At Ashurst we actively support you to give and develop your legal skill through our pro bono practice.

You quickly get involved, supporting communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage and the organisations that have taken up their cause. Our global pro bono practice has a number of priority areas including: Citizenship & Global Displacement; Climate Crises & Resilience; Death Row & the Criminal Justice System; Financial Inclusion & Social Finance; First Nations Peoples; Gender Rights; LGBTI+ Rights; Modern Slavery; and Rural, Regional & Remote Australians.
 

Recruitment Process

When applying for a clerkship at Ashurst, you will be asked for a cover letter, your CV and an academic transcript. You will also be required to complete a short answer question and psychometric testing.  Depending on the office you are joining there are either one or two rounds of interviews that we would endeavor to conduct in person, however we have the capability to adapt and conduct online should the need arise. You will also be invited to attend some clerkship information events during the interview process.

There's absolutely no Ashurst "type". We want to actively involve a broad range of minds with a broad range of backgrounds, all united by a common set of strengths. These strengths include a passion for Ashurst and commercial law. Outstanding communication skills, analytical ability, commercial awareness, teamwork and resilience.

Some tips for the process:

  • The interview process is as much a chance for you to get to know us, as it is us getting to know you. Be genuine, we are really keen to get to know you better. We want you to be able to be yourself at work and during the recruitment process.
  • Take your time to research the firms and prepare a tailored cover letter that clearly articulates why you are a good fit and why you want to join that firm.
  • During interviews listen carefully to the questions asked and taking your time before responding this will show thoughtfulness and you're more likely to give a considered response.
  • Have well researched questions to ask the interviewers which will demonstrate motivation and being well prepared.
  • Attend as many virtual or face to face events as possible to get a better sense of the firms and their culture.
  • Participate in our free Virtual Experience Program to gain an insight into life at Ashurst.
     

Remuneration & Career Growth

A clerkship at gives you a good understanding of what it's like to work at Ashurst, experience our culture and the type of work we do.

In one or two departments – depending on the office you're in, you work on real cases and transactions. A partner supports and mentors you, and you work closely with a qualified lawyer and a buddy.

There are structured training programmes to develop your legal and business skills, and you have the opportunity to take part in the team's social events.

In addition to gaining valuable experience, a clerkship also presents an opportunity to join our graduate programme. We offer most of the graduate roles to people who have completed a clerkship in one of our offices.

The Graduate Programme is a 12-month programme starts with a national induction.

It's followed by an introduction into the office where you're based and an in-house Practical Legal Training (PLT) course, customised with modules specifically chosen for you. We cover the course fees.

With you, we plan three rotations and review these regularly throughout your programme. This gives you a solid foundation in legal expertise and problem-solving techniques.

Once you've completed your PLT, you're admitted as a lawyer. As the end of your programme approaches, we work with you to decide which practice you join. The choice depends on our business needs, your preferences and your job performance.

Remuneration reviews happen regularly at Ashurst and all staff are remunerated commensurate with market rates.

Graduate Reviews

Overall Score
4.5
Overall score based on 28 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.7
Culture
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.9
Training
8.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.7
Culture
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.9
Training
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Being able to work with a range of prestigious, exciting and complex clients; ability to rotate across a number practice groups to sample experience from across the firm; strong investment in my development as a graduate lawyer from day 1.
  • Strong graduate training curriculum and a very supportive culture.
  • The inclusive, diverse and friendly work environment.
  • High level of administrative and other support, outstanding training opportunities, exposure to a wide-range of work and clients.
  • Ashurst offers extensive support for the professional development of their staff. My colleagues are highly skilled yet down to earth. I value these qualities in my employer and fellow employees.
  • Sometimes deadlines are very tight resulting in long hours.
  • The coffee in the staff kitchen!
  • The greatest challenges are finding your way in a large team and a global firm. However, many opportunities to develop these skills -that the hours can be demanding.
  • As a large firm, it is difficult to get to know everyone who works in your office. However, as you rotate through three different practice groups graduate, you are placed in a position where you can meet your fellow colleagues gradually.
  • At times, the hours can be long and the deadlines are real, which can be a lot of pressure if that's not the sort of environment you're used to.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
As a lawyer in the Global Markets team at Ashurst, my responsibility is to facilitate transactions that involve structured financing solutions.

Jamie Bang

  • Graduate stories
As a lawyer in the Global Markets team at Ashurst, my responsibility is to facilitate transactions that involve structured financing solutions.

Jamie Bang

  • Graduate stories
Ashurst seems to attract really fantastic people who make coming to work enjoyable. I most enjoy tasks where I am able to collaborate closely with my colleagues.

Claudia Wyer

  • Graduate stories
Ashurst seems to attract really fantastic people who make coming to work enjoyable. I most enjoy tasks where I am able to collaborate closely with my colleagues.

Claudia Wyer

  • Graduate stories
As a lawyer in the Global Markets team at Ashurst, my responsibility is to facilitate transactions that involve structured financing solutions.

Jamie Bang

  • Graduate stories
As a lawyer in the Global Markets team at Ashurst, my responsibility is to facilitate transactions that involve structured financing solutions.

Jamie Bang

  • Graduate stories
Ashurst seems to attract really fantastic people who make coming to work enjoyable. I most enjoy tasks where I am able to collaborate closely with my colleagues.

Claudia Wyer

  • Graduate stories
Ashurst seems to attract really fantastic people who make coming to work enjoyable. I most enjoy tasks where I am able to collaborate closely with my colleagues.

Claudia Wyer

A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Eirene Psomas

Eirene Psomas studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Marketing and Management) ​at University of New South Wales (University of Hong Kong Exchange) in 2017, and is now a Law Graduate at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Eirene Psomas

Eirene Psomas studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Marketing and Management) ​at University of New South Wales (University of Hong Kong Exchange) in 2017, and is now a Law Graduate at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Jessica Apel

Jessica Apel studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland in 2017 and is now a Lawyer at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Jessica Apel

Jessica Apel studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland in 2017 and is now a Lawyer at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Eirene Psomas

Eirene Psomas studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Marketing and Management) ​at University of New South Wales (University of Hong Kong Exchange) in 2017, and is now a Law Graduate at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Eirene Psomas

Eirene Psomas studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Marketing and Management) ​at University of New South Wales (University of Hong Kong Exchange) in 2017, and is now a Law Graduate at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Jessica Apel

Jessica Apel studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland in 2017 and is now a Lawyer at Ashurst.
  • Day in the life

Jessica Apel

Jessica Apel studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland in 2017 and is now a Lawyer at Ashurst.

Videos


Careers at Ashurst

Find out who we are in this careers video.

Why did you choose Ashurst and how would you describe the culture?

Learn how Ashurst Graduate Programme is a unique experience.

Careers at Ashurst

Find out who we are in this careers video.

Why did you choose Ashurst and how would you describe the culture?

Learn how Ashurst Graduate Programme is a unique experience.

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Ashurst Office Tour at 5 Martin Place, Sydney

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Ashurst office tour at 181 William Street, Melbourne

Take a sneak peek inside Ashurst's Melbourne office.

Ashurst Office Tour at 5 Martin Place, Sydney

Take a sneak peek inside Ashurst's Sydney office.