Graduate Lawyer of the Year

This award recognises a graduate lawyer who in the early stage of their career has excelled, demonstrated potential and made an outstanding contribution to their workplace, and delivery strong outcomes for their peers or clients.


Competency (marked out of 10) 

The nominee has demonstrated a true legal practise acumen and a high level of professional proficiency relative to their experience and role.

Enthusiasm (marked out of 10) 

The nominee demonstrates a true passion for the law and developing a career in their field of practice.

Initiative (marked out of 10) 

The nominee is an active participant in their practice and/or the broader legal profession beyond their core employment duties and is an outstanding example to the legal profession.

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    • This award is open to all solicitors (who are members of the Society) with up to two years post admissions experience
    • Nominee must be nominated (no self-nominations) and:
      • be an individual (organisations can nominate an individual)
      • be a member of QLS (full membership)
      • be Queensland-based.
    • Nominees must be of good character. Nominations are reviewed by Queensland Law Society's regulation division and the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre. The due diligence will include (but is not limited to) legal review of the nominee's disciplinary history.
    • The nominee has not previously won this award.
  • Not eligible

    • Judging panel members
    • Members or employees of the organisation sponsoring this award are not eligible for nomination.
    • Queensland Law Society Council members or employees are not eligible for nomination.
    • Teams or firms are not eligible. This award is open to individuals only.

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Key dates

Thursday 18 April Nominations open

Monday 10 June Nominations extension close

Monday 15 July Finalists announced 

Saturday 24 August Winners announced

Graduate Lawyers of the Year Award is proudly supported by: