Trainee Lawyer Program - Victoria

Once you start

Induction

You will find Maurice Blackburn's Trainee Lawyer Program challenging, diverse, stimulating and very rewarding. All our trainee lawyers participate in an informative one week induction program which involves:

  • an introduction to the firm and employees
  • an overview of the various jurisdictions in which the firm practices
  • seminars at the Leo Cussen Institute and
  • training on our office systems.

 

Buddies and mentors

When you start with Maurice Blackburn, you will be paired with a newly qualified lawyer who will act as your 'buddy' to help you settle into the day-to-day routine of the firm. Your buddy will have recently gone through this trainee program and be able to answer questions and provide advice on general office matters.

You will also be assigned a mentor, usually a senior solicitor from another practice area, who will meet with you on a monthly basis and provide you with career guidance throughout the year.

 

Victorian traineeship rotations

The Victorian Trainee Lawyer Program consists of two six-month rotations. One rotation is in a suburban or regional office and the other is in our Melbourne CBD office. The program is structured to provide you with the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of two practice areas. You will be consulted regarding your preferences, and where possible, we will place you in the areas that you have a genuine interest in.

 

Professional development and training

As a trainee lawyer you can expect to have access to our comprehensive professional development program. The development program will incorporate Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars presented by principals or associates on various practice areas, external legal practice seminars, court visits and personal development sessions.

To further develop your range of legal skills, and build your confidence, you will be given hands-on experience, which generally consists of a supervised file load for you to work on. Office systems training will include research, finance and 'no win - no charge' cases.

You will also be encouraged to participate in external trainee lawyer moots and other professional skill building sessions.

 

Career break

At Maurice Blackburn we believe that having a flexible approach to staff is important. We recognise that following completion of the Trainee Lawyer Program you may wish to apply for six months leave without pay within the first three years of work to broaden your life experiences, travel, or just take time out.