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Starting your Legal Career – Supervised Legal Training with us

Many of our lawyers started their careers with us by completing on-the-job training and supervision as articled clerks or trainee lawyers after completing their law degree.

To meet the requirements of the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015  for admission to practice as a lawyer, law graduates must demonstrate that they have achieved competence in Skills, Compulsory and Optional Practice Areas and Values as set out in Schedule 2 of those Rules.

These competencies may be achieved by undertaking Supervised Workplace Training, where the law graduate is employed by a law firm as a Trainee Lawyer and works under the supervision of a suitably qualified lawyer for a 12-month period.  

Following the completion of this training, the Trainee Lawyer can apply to the Board of Examiners for admission to practice.

Traineeships with RCT and Stringer Clark for law graduates: It's often the non-legal that matters the most

We take our training and mentoring responsibilities very seriously. We recognise that legal talent has to be nurtured and supported, with ready access and counsel from within the senior ranks of the firm.

Our culture is based on respect and helping people achieve their best. It is the same ethic that imbues our client relationships. A respect for a person's interests and how they feel. So while our Trainee Lawyers get acccess to some of the best legal brains and technical legal training, they also benefit from learning how to treat clients – to understand more than simply the legal issues at stake and keep in mind the client's personal needs.

We are also there to help Trainee Lawyers deal with situations that sometimes may be challenging or stressful. 

It is about creating a culture based on a fully-rounded experience and learning.

Details for Seasonal Clerkship and Graduate Training Applicants in 2019 & 2020

Signatory to LIV Guidelines? Yes. RCT is a signatory to the Law Institute of Victoria's Seasonal Clerkship and Trainee Guidelines and conducts its selection of Supervised Workplace Trainees (also referred to as Graduate Lawyers) in accordance with the timetables specified under those guidelines.
Seasonal Clerkships (winter & summer)? Four clerkships will be offered in 2019/20. Preferences for summer or winter placements from successful applications will be accommodated where possible.
Graduate Traineeships? Although up to three Trainee Lawyer positions have been offered in each of recent years, no positions will be available in 2020. 
Seasonal Clerkships in 2019/20 Applications for 2019/20 will be accepted from 9am on Monday 8th July 2019 to 11.59pm on Sunday 11th August 2019. We are unable to consider applications submitted outside those dates. Applications, including a transcript of academic results, resume and covering letter should be emailed to seasonalclerkship@rctlaw.com.au Usual CV protocols apply.
Graduate Traineeships in 2020 No positions will be offered in 2020.
Professional development opportunities Trainee Lawyers participate in a comprehensive continuing legal education program beside all our professional legal staff. The program provides a range of training opportunities including in-house seminars and external courses and conferences.

Further information

Our Human Resources Administrator welcomes your call on (03) 9238 7878 to discuss possible career opportunities. Alternatively, an emailed enquiry may be directed to: dandenong@rctlaw.com.au.

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