First Nations Traineeship

Our First Nations Traineeship program provides an opportunity for law students who identify as First Nations to be a part of a structured learning program and experience what it's like to work at one of Australia's leading law firms.

How to apply: 

It's simple: just click ‘here’ and fill out a short application highlighting your work experience and education while answering a few questions. We are committed to making necessary adjustments to ensure equal access and opportunities for every candidate. If you require any support or reasonable adjustments to complete your application, please contact us.


Clayton Utz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country and their ongoing connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present. 

Walk With Me - painting by Nancy Long
"Walk With Me" - "The story behind the painting reflects on how I see the best part of life’s journey, it being with whom we walk with and whom we get to share our journeys with. It inspired me to think outside the box, mapping and piecing together the prospect to achieve one’s goals and build towards a career pathway. Taking this journey with us and walking alongside us will allow the next generations to emerge within their own strengths and growth to continue on this journey.

The painting also represents teaching and respectively learning from one another, of our history, our cultural, our dreamtime stories and the land we call home, ‘Australia’.” 

Nancy long , a proud South Australian Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna, Nunga woman Artist and Wayside staff member.

Our First Nations Traineeship program provides an opportunity for law students who identify as First Nations to experience what it's like to work at one of Australia's leading law firms.

Build your relationship with Clayton Utz through a mix of casual employment, training and education as well as mentorship over a 12 month period.  

The traineeship is a structured learning program that will give you the opportunity to:

  • be part of one of our teams in a dedicated area of legal practice (we have 14 National Practice Groups);
  • gain exposure to, and get involved in matters on which our teams are working on for our clients (including Pro Bono work);
  • receive tailored training and development programs, including a development day held in our Sydney office;
  • connect with people through social, volunteering, sporting and other activities; 
  • receive constructive feedback on how you have performed; and
  • set you up for success when it comes time to apply and be considered for a clerkship and potential graduate role at the firm.

You will have support every step of the way, including from a First Nations adviser, a dedicated coach, and a 'buddy'.
If you are a proud First Nations person we encourage you to apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and accepted as such by your community;
  • enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor at an Australian university;
  • available to work 1 – 3 days per week (hours negotiable and remunerated); and
  • a positive attitude, genuine curiosity and willingness to learn.

We recognise, family, study and financial commitments are unique to individual circumstances and are committed to being flexible during your engagement with us.

As an employer in the legal services industry, we strive to be a workplace as diverse as the work that we do. We are acutely aware that First Nations people are under-represented among our employees, and we want our firm to be one of belonging, where aspiring First Nations lawyers feel supported in their ambitions.

Clayton Utz have been working to develop cultural capability across our people and practice. The process is ongoing, and we are committed to cultural safety, removing barriers, and meeting the cultural needs of our people and workplace.




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