Clerks and Graduates

At McR, we recognise the uniqueness of individual career goals and aspirations, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach. Our focus lies in providing tailored opportunities for career advancement, facilitating the acceleration of your professional growth, and empowering your journey consistently.

Our 18-month graduate program stands as a distinctive chance for recent law graduates to undergo a structured training program within a highly supportive environment.

As an McR Graduate, you are granted the valuable opportunity to collaborate with various practice groups within the firm, concurrently participating in the fully funded Practical Legal Training (PLT) program. This dual experience ensures a comprehensive and enriching foundation for your legal career.

Life at McCullough Robertson

At McCullough Robertson, you can expect more. It’s what sets us apart and sees us work alongside clients that understand it’s what you do outside the boardroom that makes a difference. We know it too. As a fiercely independent Australian-grown law firm, we deliver more than just outcomes. After 95 years in commercial law, we continue to grow and evolve.

We strive towards a diverse and inclusive environment that supports our values, and creates a collaborative and innovative experience for our people, our clients and our community partners. Our goal is for each and every one of our employees to build a rewarding career rich with opportunities, satisfying relationships and a sense of achievement.

Clerkship program

Our structured clerkship programs are aimed at providing you with invaluable hands on experiences, allowing you the opportunity to work across a number of areas of the firm, alongside partners and with clients. Our clerkship programs are open to pre-penultimate and penultimate law students looking for success with support every step of the way.

Pre-Penultimate: Brisbane only – eight week duration and may be completed over two years.

Penultimate: Brisbane – four week duration, Sydney – seven week duration.

First Nation’s Legal Clerkship Program

Our clerkship program is not only a great opportunity for law students to gain valuable practical experience, but it’s also a chance to understand our mission and the culture at McCullough Robertson. Many of our clerks will go on to join our firm through our graduate program.

We offer clerkships to pre-penultimate and penultimate law students in our Brisbane office.

Applications to open on Monday, 17 July 2023.

Graduate program

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As a graduate at McCullough Robertson, you will launch your career at a firm that cares about its people. It’s what we do, it’s part of our DNA.

We provide real opportunities for our graduates to grow and develop, through an inclusive and supportive environment where your difference is valued. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams, ensuring you have the opportunity to be challenged whilst being mentored by industry leaders.

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Our commitment to disability and access

Our commitment is to create an accessible, inclusive and informed workplace, where we can collectively make a difference for people with disability to gain equal opportunities and grow their career.

Learn more about our initiatives, lead by our Disability and Access team which is made up of partners and staff from across the firm.


At McCullough Robertson, we live our values. We are generous and down-to-earth; committed and commercial.

With a long-standing community partnership program (CPP); numerous sports teams; monthly social events; and pro bono opportunities, there is something for everyone, wherever your interests lie.

We are committed to creating a workplace culture where inclusion is embraced and diversity is celebrated. Read more about our inclusion and diversity awards and certifications here.


As a clerk and graduate at McCullough Robertson, you will get the opportunity to participate in regular development sessions aimed at growing your legal aptitude and strengthening your personal development attributes.

You will be mentored by partners and senior associates who are experts in their field. We understand the transition from student to professional lawyer can be daunting. As clerks and graduates, you will have the opportunity to participate in The Big Buddy program focused providing you with support and direction as you commence your career journey at McCullough Robertson.


As a graduate at McCullough Robertson, you are provided with fully funded Practical Legal Training (PLT) and admission, as well as supported with a 30 week paid PLT development program through the College of Law, and nine days of paid study leave.

In supporting you commence your professional career with us, we will contribute up to $3,000 during your graduate program to go towards the payment of your legal HECS debt.

For any questions on our clerkship and graduate programs, please contact Emma Hughes or Patrick Tancred.