Firm Overview

MinterEllison is one of the Asia Pacific's leading law firms. Established in Sydney in 1827, our firm today operates in Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Mongolia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom through a network of integrated offices and associated offices.

Our success has been driven by the vision of our partners, the in-depth industry expertise of our lawyers, and our commitment to work closely with clients to deliver seamless service wherever they need us. MinterEllison has a large, diverse client base which includes public and private companies, leading multinationals operating in the region, global financial institutions, and government and state-owned entities.

Our strong technical skills, underpinned by the ability to deliver commercially practical solutions that assist clients to achieve their business goals and objectives, have led to our firm's involvement in some of the Asia Pacific's most innovative and high-profile transactions.

Global Practice Areas

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Institutions Group
  • Human Resources & Industrial Relations
  • Insurance & Corporate Risk
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Projects, Infrastructure & Construction
  • Real Estate, Environment & Planning
  • Regulatory
  • Tax

Global Industry Sectors

  • Government
  • Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Resources, Agriculture & Energy
  • Telecoms, Media & Technology

What are the firm's key values?

Four core values underpin everything we do at MinterEllison – they are the basis of our firm's culture, they shape our behaviour towards each other and our clients, and they drive our business:

  • Integrity and trust - being honest, constructive, fair and ethical

  • Excellence – striving to be the best in everything that we do.

  • Enduring relationships – working with people and organisations who share our values

  • Balance – respecting each other's needs outside work and the diverse contribution each person makes to improving our firm

Clerkship Information

How many clerks does the firm typically take?:


How many intakes of clerks are there and when do they typically take place?

One – Summer (November/December)

What work does the firm offer a clerk?

MinterEllison's vacation clerkship offers you real life work experience. A comprehensive orientation program and learning on the job will help you build your legal skills and commercial acumen.

During our program you will:

  • work closely with partners and lawyers on active matters to meet deadlines  produce quality and meaningful work
  • participate in tangible learning & development activities and
  • attend social and networking events

You will also be allocated a supervisor for daily support who will help you manage your workload, and a ‘buddy’ for extra insight and advice.

What does the firm look for in a clerk?

At MinterEllison we are not looking for people to fit a mould, academics are just one piece of the puzzle and we recognise the strengths that diversity can bring to our team. Work experience, extra-curricular activities, sporting participation, music and travel are all value-add areas for our clerks. At MinterEllison we want you to bring your whole self to work and find peoples individual strengths and diversity are what build our teams up to be the successes they are

You should consider a career at MinterEllison if:

  • Your passion for excellence leads you to winning solutions.
  • You have what it takes to apply technical thinking through the prism of commercial advice.
  • Building relationships excites you. You see yourself outside the office, working in partnership with clients.
  • You think outside the box and embrace new ideas.
  • You want to feel empowered and be part of a high performance team.
  • Collaboration and inclusiveness are principles you value.
  • The status quo bores you. You want to be part of something different.
  • You’re looking for a Firm with a clear game plan.


How to apply: Online via our website
Contact: Anna Jackson
Position: Graduate Resourcing Adviser
Application deadline: 11.59pm 16th July 2017

Graduate Information

What does the firm offer a Graduate?

At MinterEllison we think beyond the law and apply a commercial approach and creative thinking to high-profile transactions, projects and disputes. Our Graduate Program offers you the opportunities and tools to become not just a technically excellent lawyer, but your clients' best partner so that you can create innovative solutions for them. You will gain broad exposure through a flexible graduate program which in turn, will provide you with the opportunity to achieve early success and fast tracked career opportunities.

When you start your career with us as a graduate, you receive tailored learning- in both technical and commercial skills such as client interaction, business development and interpersonal dynamics. Our program provides everything you'll need to build a successful, long-term legal career.

We know and understand what it takes for you to be successful as a lawyer, and that as a junior lawyer you will need targeted development to help you succeed in the transition from law school to law firm. Part of our formal learning includes MinterEllison's integrated Practical Legal Training (PLT) program. Through your PLT you will attend various workshops to gain the practical skills that every lawyer needs.

What is the firm's position on diversity and inclusion?

We believe diversity is about creating a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity regardless of background, ethnicity, disability, gender, faith, sexual orientation or family structures. Diversity and inclusiveness are at the core of our values and we firmly believe our people should be able to bring their whole self to work. We are committed to leveraging the advantage of a diverse and inclusive workforce and actively promote an inclusive work culture through our Empower Program, our Pride Respect & Inclusion at MinterEllison (PRiME) network as well as numerous internal training sessions and related resources.