About us

Norton Rose is an ambitious, expanding, international legal practice with a clear strategy for the future. Our trainees enjoy stimulating and challenging work on high profile transactions for leading clients across six key industry sectors. We offer a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations.

We are the largest international law firm in Australia, with offices in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us. Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world.

We are strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

We take the view that we are only as strong as our people – which is why quality training and flexible work programmes are paramount to our business. We deliver an extensive range of training programmes targeted at specific stages of our lawyers’ professional development. Our graduate lawyers have the opportunity to follow a unique Asia Rotation programme and to spend time in one of our Asia Pacific offices. Come and explore our world.

We are also proud to be certified by the EOWA as an Employer of Choice for Women 2011


What we look for

We are an ambitious, expanding firm with a clear strategy for the future. To be successful here you will understand and embrace our strategy and our focus on six key industry sectors. You will demonstrate global thinking, commercial acumen and the drive to provide the highest standard of service to clients.

In return, you will enjoy exposure to challenging, high profile work in a supportive environment. You will be motivated by an empowering culture that fosters collaboration, responsibility and professional development from the outset.

We look for candidates with a consistently strong academic record – you may have a double degree or be completing law as a postgraduate student. You will have a genuine interest in pursuing an international legal career in the Asia Pacific; language skills in Cantonese, Mandarin or Japanese are highly regarded.

Your interpersonal skills will be second to none. You will have the confidence to build long term, trusting relationships with clients and colleagues.

An interesting variety of work experience with plenty of legal exposure is also recommended. Tell us about any experience you may have, whether work or extra-curricular, paid or unpaid, as it will be relevant to your application. No matter how wide and varied your interests, we want to know what it is that makes you . . . well, you.

Summer Clerkship Program

The summer clerkship programme runs for 10 weeks in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney over the summer.

You will have the chance to spend five weeks in one practice group and then rotate to a different practice area, to broaden your knowledge as much as possible. Our clerkship programme is your opportunity to start building a career with a global law firm, doing meaningful work of value. You will also be able to get to know our people, working closely with – and learning from – our associates, senior associates and partners. All in all, it is an opportunity to experience what life is really like as a graduate.

The summer clerkship programme is the primary source for our national graduate programme, which feeds directly into our international opportunities such as the Asia Pacific International Rotational programme. Language skills in Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese are highly regarded.


Katie Dunlop
Human Resources Administrator
Tel +61 7 3414 2702