Our National Paralegal and Graduate Program

As you are just starting out in your legal career you’ve probably got a lot of questions

Will I get hands-on experience?
Will I handle files and see clients?
Will I learn fast and be able to make a difference?
Will I be part of a supportive and enabling culture?
Will I make great friends and work with clients who are game-changers in their industries? Will I see complex challenges and solve real problems?
Will I have fun?
Will I still have a life?

Our answer is ‘Yes. And a whole lot more…’

Many of our current Principals completed their graduate program with us. We believe in promotion on merit and give practical mentoring to our lawyers on how they can build a practice and develop their skills on their way to becoming a Principal.

Are you a fit for Macpherson Kelley?

When you consider how different each and every one of our employees is, it’s not an easy question to answer. They come from different backgrounds, career paths and specialisations. They come from every law school. Some grew with us; others joined the team when their firm became part of ours… Yet for everything that’s different about our people – there are a few things you will find in all of them. They’re commercial, energetic, entrepreneurial, confident and hands-on. They talk straight, are pragmatic and get involved. Getting involved is important at our firm. There are no ringside seats available. It’s these things that make each one of us a fit for Macpherson Kelley.

What do we offer you?

We focus on building strong business minded lawyers, able to work closely with clients and understand their challenges and opportunities, and add value to their businesses. So you may be on the floor of a client’s factory, in a car yard or transport depot, in a client’s commercial office in the CBD or front and centre at a mediation.

Our paralegals and graduates all have access to the unique commercial professional development as part of the Macpherson Kelley Business School including Bootcamps with practical scenarios and case studies.

In addition, we provide you with:

  • A tailored and thorough induction program
  • Extensive mentoring and coaching including a buddy who will help you transition into your new role
  • Exposure to clients via meetings, mediation and events
  • Opportunities to get involved in social, sporting and community focused activities

Find more information about each state program below.


The Victorian Graduate Program is a 12 month rotation across a range of practice areas that will expose you to a variety of different commercial law experiences across our Dandenong and Melbourne offices.

Our Victorian graduates complete Supervised Workplace Training (SWT) that allows for practical on the job training. This is different to Practical Legal Training (PLT) offered by many firms, as we believe it is critical to get hands on real life experience as early as possible in your career.

The 2018 Victorian Graduate Program will commence in March 2018.

Applications for this program will open on Friday 11 August 2017.

New South Wales

In Sydney we hire paralegals in their final year of study. As a paralegal you are allocated to a practice area. Given we want you to have a well rounded learning experience, you will support all practice areas as required.

Graduates may be sourced from the paralegal program, though we also advertise for our graduate positions. Graduates are allocated to a specific practice area.


We look to recruit final year students, graduate lawyers and other legal positions as they arise.  We will advertise these vacancies as they arise.

Please email the Macpherson Kelley HR team with any questions.

Please see Current Opportunities for all firm vacancies.