Strong academic record. Australian citizen. Permanent resident.
Applications are: CLOSED
On our tailored programme, we give you the best training experience possible, with a full, balanced introduction to the legal profession.
Your training starts on day one at our local office induction, where you’ll begin to build a network of contacts across the firm. You will have the opportuity to find out more about what you can expect on your training programme and hear from different practice group lawyers.
On our year long training programme, you’ll enjoy the chance to build the technical legal skills and complementary skills you need to become a newly-qualified Solicitor and business advisor.
The training in each seat is ‘front loaded’ to enable you to develop legal knowledge of each area and quickly take on real responsibility. When you qualify, you’ll have fully informed idea of which practice areas interest you most and can take your career to the next level in your chosen specialism.
Our local HR team will support you throughout your Training Contract, through liaising with the wider business on seat allocation, to meeting with you regularly to offer support and guidance.
We have created a virtual work experience programme for candidates interested in applying for our Training Contracts available in New South Wales, Victoria and West Australia.
In our programme you’ll help a hypothetical Pinsent Masons client navigate some commercial challenges. You’ll gain practical skills to add to your CV while getting a flavour working life at Pinsent Masons.
Trainee salaries are benchmarked against market rates for international firms in Australia and reviewed each year. This ensures that, alongside the outstanding training programme we offer, we also deliver an attractive and competitive remuneration and benefits package.
If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.
Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
|A focus on detail|
With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.
|An interest in business|
We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.
With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.
You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions. With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.
You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.
You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.
You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.
You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.
We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than three months after the application deadline. The below shows a typical recruitment and selection process. This may be subject to change depending on government guidelines and restrictions in relation to COVID-19. You’ll be given full details of the process in relation to your own recruitment as appropriate.
Our investment in your training means we’ll do everything possible to continue your career with us on qualification. We manage the number of Trainees in the Firm to maximise retention, whilst supporting the business. Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further, allowing you to quickly learn and develop.
After qualification, you can look forward to a variety of development opportunities that will enable you to become a specialist in your chosen area. With a wide range of courses available through the Pinsent Masons Academy, as well as in your practice area, you’ll have plenty of scope to develop your skills, add to your responsibilities and build a successful career.
Usually, we offer around 6 Training Contracts each year across Australia, although we review this regularly to make sure it reflects our business needs.
You can let us know which seat you’d prefer for each move and we’ll do our best to meet your request, in line with business needs. At the moment, there aren't any mandatory seats.
We aim to retain as many Trainees as possible and at the moment our retention rate is over 80%. We can only offer the positions which have been identified as part of our NQ process. That’s why it's a good idea to keep an open mind about the practice area you’d like to qualify in.
As I disembark from the clammy 145 bus on the last morning of my Summer Internship with Pinsent Masons, I struggle to come to terms with how rapidly the past 4 weeks have flown.
Let’s set the scene, it’s 9am on Monday the 1st July and I’m sitting in a conference room with two fellow interns receiving IT training via video link from a colleague in Johannesburg. You would be forgiven in mistaking Pinsent Masons as a Tech firm – it’s futuristic and like nowhere I’ve worked before.
‘Take the law into our own hands.’ I still remember the spark within me when I first heard that slogan at the Pinsent Masons open day. It guided me through A Levels, law school and interviews, giving me a sense of purpose and reminding me that I could make an impact. Four years later, I’m working as a summer intern for the very firm that fuelled my ambition to practise law.