Graduate program and paralegal positions

August 20, 2020

Massons aims to employ graduates straight from its paralegal and clerkship programs, rather than having a further graduate recruitment process or offering PLT placement opportunities.  This ensures that our graduates are already advanced in their legal knowledge and skills, even before they complete their final “practical legal training” component of study and are admitted as lawyers.

We generally employ paralegals in our team  on a casual and “as needs” basis, but generally most paralegals will work with us 2 or 3 days per week, depending on their university commitments, increasing their work days (and moving from more administrative to more legal work) as they gain more experience.  We accept 2nd year to final year university students for our paralegal positions.

Traditionally, we have employed 1 or 2 graduates every year from the paralegal pool.  Our team is growing and we have a strong need for the very best graduates.  Our graduate program is structured with both “on the job” and formal, focussed, one-on-one training (usually with our senior lawyers and partners), and is offered by way of a 1 year contract.  In our graduate program, graduates are given carriage of real transactions (under close and careful supervision) so that they are exposed to a wide range of tasks to develop skills in drafting, client relationship management, legal research, file management as well as the practical conveyancing and leasing of complex commercial assets.  We pride ourselves on providing a high level of mentoring and development feedback throughout the program.

Massons considers that diversity is the path to an evolved legal practice. We encourage applications from law students of all cultural and academic backgrounds and invite applicants to identify any aspects of their cultural  or personal background (eg indigenous, refugee, rural etc) and any academic, community or social engagement or interests (eg sport, the arts, volunteering, passions or social causes) which they believe would contribute positively to the quality of cross-thought and ideation within our firm.

If you would like to be considered for a paralegal or graduate position, and you are in your penultimate year at university, we recommend that you apply for a placement in our next Clerkship Program During busy periods (usually June and December), we may also have paralegal positions available for exceptional candidates outside the formal clerkship program.  If you are a law student, and you:

  • are highly intelligent and driven
  • have a minimum distinction average
  • are available to work for at least 2 full days per week (except during exam periods)
  • have strong attention to detail
  • have the capability to manage a large workload under pressure, prioritise and deliver work with a high level of accuracy
  • demonstrate maturity and common-sense
  • have advanced Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word and Excel
  • demonstrate a positive attitude,

then please send your resume, academic transcript and a cover letter addressing the above criteria, to  We will then keep your application on file and will contact suitable applicants if and when an opportunity arises.

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