Training Contracts – Australia

A Training Contract at Pinsent Masons represents the first stage of a focused development programme that will enable you to become a qualified lawyer and fulfil your potential. Our training programme has been developed in-house; this ensures you receive a bespoke, balanced and comprehensive introduction to the legal profession.

  • Programme Structure

    We are proud of the high quality work, early responsibility and exposure to clients we offer our Trainees, and offer the best possible training experience to those who join us. This begins from the moment you accept your Training Contract offer. We have a programme of events and communications which allow us to keep in touch with you throughout the time between you accepting your offer and joining the firm.

    Throughout your Training Contract you will receive the technical legal skills training you require, as well as complementary skills training, which will fully equip you for your life as a newly-qualified Solicitor and business advisor.

  • Making an Application

    Application Dates

    NSW Graduate Recruitment
    Monday 5 March 2018 Applications for 2019 graduate positions open
    Sunday 15 April 2018 Applications for graduate positions close at 5.00pm
    Monday 7 May 2018 Graduate interviews commence
    Friday 8 June 2018 Offers to be made


    VIC Graduate Positions
    Friday 10 August 2018 Applications for 2019 Graduate positions open
    Sunday 26 August 2018 Applications for Graduate positions close at 11.59pm
    W/C Monday 8 October 2018 Offers to be made


    WA Graduate Positions
    TBA Applications for 2019 Graduate positions open
    TBA Applications for Graduate positions close at 11.59pm


    How to Apply
    When a contract position becomes available, to apply you must submit electronic copies of the following documents to

    • cover letter
    • curriculum vitae
    • academic transcripts from your undergraduate degree
    • any other supporting documentation you consider relevant

    Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable legal career. Please take your time to ensure your CV best reflects the skills and attribute you posses, and provides information regarding any relevant work experience. Remember to double check all your documents for accuracy and spelling.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    The minimum requirements that all trainees are expected to meet or exceed are:

    • Australian Law Degree (No set minimum GPA but must have strong academic grades)
    • Eligible to work in Australia

    Demonstration of key qualities which we value and look for, namely:

    • hardworking with professional integrity
    • passionate about a career in law
    • keen to learn and develop
    • approachable
    • team player
    • bold and creative

    Application to Assessment

    After the deadline all applications are screened to a pre-defined framework and we shortlist those candidates who best demonstrate that they meet our criteria. Those shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend an interview which comprises a number of different elements.

  • Salary & Benefits

    Trainee salaries are benchmarked against market rates for international firms in Australia and reviewed each year to ensure that, alongside the outstanding training package we offer, we also deliver an attractive and competitive remuneration and benefits package.

  • Qualification & beyond

    Continuous Professional Development

    Once you qualify your development doesn’t stop. Instead you start to focus your energies on becoming a specialist in your chosen area. This is facilitated by a number of bespoke training courses delivered by both your practice area and through the Pinsent Masons Academy. Together these ensure that you will continue to develop the necessary skills to allow you to progress further in your career and take on additional responsibility.

  • Find Out More

    If you have any queries relating to the Training Contract in Australia, please contact the graduate recruitment team at

    To find out more about Pinsent Masons download our brochure here.