The role of a Graduate Lawyer with the VGSO is wonderfully diverse, constantly challenging and extremely interesting. As a Graduate Lawyer, you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system, with three-month rotations through four of our five Branches: Government & Public Law, Commercial, Property & Technology, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Victoria Police, and Workplace Relations & Regulatory Compliance.

VGSO Graduate Program (formally VGSO Traineeship Program)

Why choose a Graduate position at the VGSO?

Our Graduate Program offers you a unique foundation for a rewarding career as a lawyer, whether in government or private practice. You will work on interesting, high-profile matters, with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility.

You will work with talented, highly-motivated and enthusiastic colleagues, who will help to mentor and guide you.

Highlights of the Graduate Program include:

Exposure to various facets of the legal system with rotations through four of the five VGSO Branches.
You will work on interesting, high-profile matters, with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility, as you not only represent your client but the State.
Work/life balance
The VGSO values the importance of encouraging a flexible working environment. We offer a range of options such as flexible working arrangements, part-time employment and generous leave provisions.
Supportive environment
The VGSO operates in an open-door environment where knowledge is shared in a supportive and collegiate manner, you can also expect regular feedback to assist you in the development of your skills, confidence and ability.
Continuing professional education

We encourage all of our legal practitioners to participate in learning and development activities that will further enhance their skills and expertise. The VGSO's Learning & Development Program is tailor-made for individual careers and allows for learning on the job through numerous hands on experiences such as:

  • opportunities to attend courts and tribunals;
  • draft complex advices;
  • refine research skills and become involved in major commercial agreements;
  • practical involvement with specialised areas of law; and
  • access to a range of expertise from our senior lawyers by participating in our Mentoring Program.

Graduate Lawyers also receive training through Leo Cussens to successfully complete the values, skills and some practice area components of the Supervised Workplace Traineeship.

2018 Graduate Recruitment and Selection Calendar

The VGSO is offering a number of positions commencing March 2018.

Applications open: Friday 11 August 2017
Applications close: Sunday 27 August 2017
Interviews to commence: September 2017
Offers made from: 10am, Monday 9 October 2017
Traineeships commence: March 2018

All dates in relation to the recruitment of Graduate Lawyers are subject to the LIV guidelines. VGSO adheres to the guidelines and will be making offers on Monday, 9 October 2017 at 10am.

How to apply

Applications for the 2017 Graduate program will be open in accordance with the LIV guidelines.

To view Current Opportunities, please click here.


What do our 2014 Trainee Lawyers have to say?

In 2014 VGSO welcomed our biggest group to the Traineeship Program in Angus Woodward, Julian Chant, Emma Palmer, Oliver Cox, Myf Evans, Natalie Luong, Mary Quinn, Tessa Plueckhahn and Julia Freidgeim. Our 2014 Trainees were admitted to the legal profession as Australian lawyers and officers of the Supreme Court of Victoria in April 2015, and are now all Solicitors at the VGSO.

Angus Woodward

"Being one of ten trainees in 2014 at the VGSO, a larger number than previous years, if it was not for our lack of experience and qualification as admitted lawyers (minor hurdles) we could have started our own firm!  Shortly after beginning my traineeship and giving up this ludicrous notion, I realised that the VGSO was a great place to work, and despite our group's large number..." read more from Angus

Erin Richardson

"One of the most attractive features of the traineeship at the VGSO is the diversity of legal practice: we advise government clients on everything from constitutional law and human rights, to commercial contracts and Royal Commissions.  In my four unique rotations, I was fortunate to work on a wide variety of matters in areas including privacy law, freedom of information, torts..." read more from Erin

Julian Chant

"I had a fantastic time during the VGSO Traineeship. The firm has a very welcoming culture for trainees. Lawyers and non-legal staff have a universal 'open door policy' and are very happy to provide support and guidance. The variety of government legal work is unrivalled in Melbourne and trainees get their hands dirty from day one. Each of the five branches has a unique mix of staff and clients, and at the end of the 12 months..." read more from Julian


Who to contact

For further details about the Graduate Program please contact:

VGSO People and Culture
tel + 61 3 9032 3025