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Graduate employment

The AGS national graduate program is a 12-month training and development program which is expected to culminate with a placement as a practising lawyer within AGS. The program has 7 components:

  • an orientation program upon commencement
  • a rotation schedule that will expose you to one or more of the 3 internal AGS practice areas, namely AGS Dispute Resolution, AGS Commercial and the Office of General Counsel
  • a client placement to a government department or agency
  • pro bono opportunities
  • sponsorship towards an external program of practical legal training (PLT) necessary to complete the requirements for admission to legal practice
  • prescribed in-house training on topics of substantive law and client service together with other AGS seminars and forums
  • peer support and mentoring, including a structured supervisor and buddy system together with wider mentoring support from our Lawyer Development Adviser.

AGS abides by the NSW Law Society's graduate guidelines and recruitment dates. For graduate employment in 2015, recruitment commences in 2014 and the relevant dates are as follows:

Date Activity
Tuesday 4 March Applications for graduate positions open.
Friday 18 April Applications for graduate positions close at 5 pm.
Monday 12 May Interviews for graduate positions commence.
Friday 13 June Offers for graduate positions can be made.
Friday 20 June Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5 pm.

Applications have closed.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.

For further information, please see the 2015 AGS National Graduate Program brochure.

*Eligibility – If you are currently completing your PLT, are already admitted or graduated from your law degree before 2014, you are still eligible to apply for the 2015 AGS National Graduate Program.

*Written references – providing 2 written references as part of the application process is compulsory. Providing the names and contact details of your referees will not be sufficient.

Contact details
Debbie Kazolis
Lawyer Development Adviser
T 02 6253 7510


Postal address
Locked Bag 7246
Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610