At Aptum, from graduate level to managing director, you will be involved in trials. You won’t be pigeonholed in one practice area or type of dispute.
You will be given the opportunity to appear in court. You will be encouraged to do the hard thinking. You will draft pleadings and other court documents. You will work closely with our directors.
You will be challenged with growth if you seek it. You will be given autonomy. You will be defended against burnout. Treated with respect.
You will share our passion for changing the way litigation is done. You will want to be excellent. We will help you get there.
You don't have to be that kind of lawyer
Aptum’s graduate program offers new lawyers an intimate experience of working on large scale litigation, an opportunity to work directly with our directors and practice leads, and a genuine alternative to the environment of traditional firms.
Work on litigation at its most complex. Do it in the highest courts in this country. Work alongside directors and practice leads with decades of combined experience at the ATO, Federal Court and Victorian Bar, and join a team that genuinely cares about changing the way litigation is done.
Aptum has built its practice around the importance of project managers and business professionals, and we don’t believe it’s essential that you have a legal background to make a meaningful contribution to our business. In fact, we welcome diverse and unique perspectives.
Do interesting work from day one
Build your career in litigation at Aptum by working on commercial and tax disputes at their most complex. Learn from exceptional mentors under the leadership of directors and practice leads who have spent years working at the Victorian Bar and ATO.
As a lawyer or a project manager at Aptum, you will be a key person in any litigation we’re running. We specialise in doing the substantive legal and strategic work in-house. We provide opportunities for our lawyers and project managers to participate in advocacy.
Project teams, not practice areas
Unlike many traditional firms, we don’t allocate lawyers and project managers into narrow practice areas where you work with the same people and do the same thing every day. We want our people to be specialists in litigation more than the subject matter it relates to. So instead, project teams are formed for each dispute based on factors such as individual strengths and professional development needs.
This means you will work with different members of the team, including different practice leads, and work on a variety of matters. Aptum strongly believes in the importance of developing strategy at the early stages in a dispute, and we do this with input from every member of a project team.
Flexibility & autonomy, and we mean it
Aptum provides the flexibility to work remotely – the true flexibility to work remotely. Several employees at Aptum live beyond the state in which the office is located. We come together as a team twice a month for ‘Planning’ & ‘Connection’ days.
Autonomy is a central to the way Aptum works. Our employees have the freedom to think about the tasks and objectives that will make their work the most effective. We don’t measure performance by the number of hours you manage to bill in a particular day. We believe in the power of engaging in deep work without distraction, so you won’t be expected to be constantly available.
We prioritise these practices to foster an environment where people can do their best work, without the anxieties and pressures that immobilise lawyers in other environments.
What to expect
At Aptum we’re developing a community of legal professionals who share a desire for excellence and doing litigation differently, who share a reluctance to fall back on the traditional way.
So, expect to be asked for a contribution. Expect to be curious. Expect to be challenged intellectually. Expect to take risks.
But expect to work somewhere that understands that you have a life beyond the law. Expect that along with challenging work comes support, a sense of humour, fun. And expect that if you’ve been finding law little lacklustre of late, that this could be the place that ignites it for you.