Queensland Law Society

QLS Graduate Program


The program

During the program you'll have the opportunity to:

  • launch your career and build your network across the legal profession
  • be part of a graduate program with a difference and work in interesting and niche areas of the law
  • work directly with the Society’s policy and ethics committees on issues important to the Queensland legal profession and community
  • grow and develop your skills and knowledge with supportive mentors and peers
  • receive paid study leave and support as you undertake your practical legal training (PLT)
  • help to build a society that genuinely cares about its members, its people and law in Queensland.

About our rotations

Over a two year program, you will take part in three (3) rotations, across four (4) niche divisions.


QLS Ethics and Practice Centre

The QLS Ethics and Practice Centre’s aim is to foster the professional values of fidelity, service and courage. Services offered by the Centre are professional and membership based. This is achieved by delivering practical legal ethics support to the profession and providing a range of practice support services to reduce professional conduct issues and risks faced by all legal practices.

You will have the opportunity to better understand the principles and practices that underlie legal practice management.

The knowledge that you will acquire includes identifying legal risk, the adoption of prudent management practices, the drafting of memorandum and correspondence, and governance of committees.

You will further develop your skills through your exposure to our oral presentations and the ethical framework that is appropriate for legal practices.

 

Legal Policy

Our Legal Policy team supports the Society’s policy committees in responding to, and representing, the legal profession in current law reform issues of importance. They also develop and maintain key strategic relationships with government stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels to further this mission. You will be involved in:

  • coordinating and contributing to the work of the QLS legal policy committees (comprised of senior expert legal practitioners) to research, advocate and educate on current law reform issues of relevance to the Queensland legal profession
  • drafting complex legal policy submissions
  • presenting at public hearings before federal and state Parliamentary committees
  • contributing to media briefings.

Office of General Counsel and Regulation (combined rotation)

Our Office of General Counsel is an independent internal unit which provides independent legal advice to the Chief Executive Officer, Council, QLS staff and the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (the Board) concerning all facets of QLS’s and the Board’s operations, managing litigation and processing applications under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IPA) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (PA).

Our Regulation division ensures the Society discharges its regulatory obligations under the Legal Profession Act 2007 with respect to the issuance of practising certificates, including investigating and reporting on suitability matters, show cause events, the profession’s compliance with the trust account provisions of the Act, external intervention of law practices and the management of the fidelity guarantee fund scheme and other regulatory matters.

Across this combined rotation you will be involved in:

  • Undertaking legal research across a broad range of areas and provide research advice to the staff of the Office of General Counsel
  • Drafting documents and correspondence to be used in the provision of legal advice
  • Assist the Senior In-house Legal Counsel in the conduct of litigation including responding to court document requests
  • Assist in the provision of independent legal advice in relation to the Society’s regulatory obligations under the Legal Profession Act 2007 and associated legislation.

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