Training with us
Many of our lawyers started their careers with us, completing a course of on-the-job training and supervision called an Articled Clerkship after graduating in law.
In 2008, the Victorian Government made changes to the legislation governing the formal training requirements for law graduates to a system of traineeship.
Under this new scheme, law graduates may complete a 12-month Graduate Traineeship with a legal firm, working under the supervision of a legal practitioner (in effect, an Articled Clerkship by another name) but at the same time must complete training in the “Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers” developed by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee and the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council.
During their 12 months of Graduate Training, law graduates must acquire appropriate understanding and competence in each of the compulsory ‘Skills’, ‘Practice Areas’ and ‘Values’. The Graduate Trainee is also expected to complete one practice area from each of two groups of optional practice areas.
Following the completion of Graduate Training, the Graduate Trainee can apply to the Board of Examiners for admission to practice.
Traineeships with RCT and Stringer Clark:
it’s often the non-legal that matters the most
We take our training and mentoring responsibilities very seriously. We recognise that legal talent has to be nurtured and supported, with ready access and counsel from within the senior ranks of the firm.
Our culture is based on respect and helping people achieve their best. It is the same ethic that imbues our client relationship. A respect for a person’s interests and how they feel.
So while our Graduate Trainees get the best legal brains and technical legal training, they also benefit from learning how to treat clients – to understand more than simply the legal issues at stake and keep in mind the client’s personal needs.
We are also there to help Graduate Trainees deal with situations that sometimes may be challenging or stressful.
It is about creating a culture based on a fully-rounded experience and learning.
Details for Seasonal Clerkship and Graduate Training Applicants in 2013 & 2014
|Signatory to LIV Guidelines?||Yes|
|Seasonal Clerkships (winter & summer)?||Yes. Generally, 7 – 8 Seasonal Clerkships are offered each year.|
|Graduate Traineeships?||Yes. Recently, 1 – 3 Graduate Trainee positions have been available each year.|
|Seasonal Clerkships in 2012/13||Applications for 2012/2013 have now closed. Applications for positions in 2013/14 will be open from 9am EST on Monday 15th July 2013 until 11.59pm EST on Sunday 4 August 2013. We are unable to accept applications outside this period.|
|Graduate Traineeships in 2013||All Graduate Trainee positions for 2013 have now been filled. Applications for positions in 2014 will be open from 9am EST on Monday 22 July 2013 until 11.59pm on Sunday 18 August 2013.|
|Professional development opportunities||Graduate Trainees participate in a comprehensive CLE program offered to all professional legal staff. The program provides a range of training opportunities including in-house seminars and external courses and conferences.|
|Method of applying||
Applications may be submitted by mail to:Human Resources Administrator,
Ryan Carlisle Thomas
PO Box 913
Dandenong Vic 3175
Or by fax to 03 9238 7888 or email to email@example.com.
Usual CV protocols apply.
Our Human Resources Administrator welcomes your call on (03) 9238 7878 to discuss your possible career with RCT. Alternatively, you can email an enquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Institute of Victoria: About Supervised Workplace Training (SWT)