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Key dates for 2025 graduate intake

 

2025 Litigation Graduate Program

  • Applications open: Monday 15 July 2024
  • Applications close: Friday 18 October 2024
  • Offers made: Tuesday 19 November 2024
  • Programs commence: February 2025

 

2025 Commercial Operations Graduate Program

  • Positions filled

Litigation Graduate Program

So, you want to be a litigator? Or maybe even a barrister down the track. Learn from the best in Aptum’s Litigation Graduate Program.

Aptum’s graduate program offers new lawyers an intimate experience of working on large scale litigation, an opportunity to work closely with our directors and practice leads, and a genuine alternative to the environment of traditional firms.

In this one-year, full-time graduate program based in our Melbourne office, you will work across both commercial and tax disputes, learning from some of the industry’s leading litigation practitioners who have spent years working at the Victorian Bar and ATO.

As a graduate you can expect to be meaningfully involved in any piece of litigation we are engaged in, to be afforded opportunities in litigation like no other graduate at your level, and to develop competence and confidence as a litigator because of the quality of work that you will be doing.

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  • What you will do

    Since we are a specialist litigation firm, there are no rotations in this graduate program. You will work solely in litigation, across a range of teams, types of disputes, and subject matter areas.

    Aptum has a dedicated team of project managers who execute the administrative tasks associated with litigation, providing space for lawyers to perform substantive legal work.

    In Aptum’s graduate program, you can expect to be afforded opportunities in litigation like no other graduate at your level.

    Here are some of the things you may expect to do throughout your first year:

    • Drafting affidavits
    • Assisting with drafting pleadings
    • Assisting with drafting defences
    • Organising and attending client conferences
    • Reviewing client documents and providing initial advice
    • Obtaining FOI documents from the ATO in order to advise clients on their potential defences
    • Attending hearings in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and AAT
    • Drafting briefs to counsel
    • Working with counsel on collating and analysing evidence
    • Conducting strategic legal research on niche points of law
    • Having the opportunity to take a lead execution role on smaller matters, being the main contact for clients in such matters
    • Working with directly with our directors
  • Who are we looking for?

    We’re looking for people who are interested in litigation as a career, who share our passion for challenging accepted norms in the legal industry, who are curious and empathetic.

    You will be a student in the final year of a law degree, or a recent graduate.

Commercial Operations Graduate Program

Join a best practice business environment overlayed into a legal environment, and play a meaningful role in a fast growing business challenging a traditionally-minded industry.

You’re looking for a challenge, that much you know. You’re a curious person, a critical thinker interested in different perspectives, and you have big ambition for a career in business.

Aptum’s Commercial Operations Graduate Program enables you to experience all the fundamentals of business, learn fast, find what interests you, and experiment. In an industry that is renowned for hanging onto old habits, Aptum is a law firm established to optimise the way a law firm can operate. We are bold in our approach to evolving outdated industry practices, and we’re looking for commercially minded people to support our mission to create a forward-thinking, technology-based business model that enables better client experiences in legal disputes.

In this one-year, full-time graduate program based in our Melbourne office, you’ll work cross-functionally to understand our clients, implement and optimise our execution processes, support the procurement of new opportunities, and analyse our success to help us make improvements. You could be applying yourself to project management one day, finance on another, operations and marketing the next.

Aptum is for you if it doesn’t excite you to work somewhere that has established themselves according to traditional systems and requires its people to adjust to that routine. If you bring an interested mindset and a willingness to learn through ambiguity, we’ll provide the opportunities to develop yourself in an intimate corporate setting, and the satisfaction of seeing your work make an impact on a growing business.

  • What you will do

    As a Commercial Operations graduate, there are no rotations. Instead, we offer full exposure to the firm across all key business units.

    Through a broad exposure to our practice, you will have the opportunity to develop and contribute your business knowledge and skills to help the business become more efficient and effective.

    Here are some of the things you may expect to do throughout your first year:

    • Analyse pricing decisions in complex legal projects
    • Contribute to client pitches, which can include large corporates and ASX listed companies
    • Prepare and issue engagement proposals
    • Assist in the preparation and analysis of financial reports, using the data capabilities of the firm’s custom Microsoft 365 Dynamics practice management system
    • Assist lawyers to create visual representations of legal strategy
    • Contribute to marketing content such as writing, graphic design and video production
    • Triage incoming and outgoing correspondence, including early assessment of project success
    • Operational support, such as invoicing and general administration
    • Provide project management guidance – working with the legal project teams to help them self-organise to execute our project plans, focus on outcomes, and identify and manage blockers
    • Identify opportunities for systems and product development
  • Who are we looking for?

    We are a law firm, but this isn’t a role for aspiring lawyers, and doesn’t require a legal background. In fact, we are interested in people who can bring a fresh perspective from another discipline, which has included those with backgrounds in areas such as elite sports management and government policy.

    Students who are in their final year (or are a recent graduate) of a non-legal degree are encouraged to apply, which could be Arts, Commerce, Business, or something entirely different.

“[Aptum] is the only workplace that I’ve been in that truly values autonomy. There’s no one looking over your shoulder, no one micromanaging you, you are 100% trusted for your work.”

Yan Liu, Lawyer (graduate of 2023 Litigation Graduate Program)

"I get the sense that the work I'm working on is far more substantive, far more involved, than what my peers are doing elsewhere."

Josh Baravelli, Associate (now Senior Associate)

The Aptum graduate experience

  • A work environment unlike traditional firms

    At Aptum we believe in creating an environment that allows professionals to do their best work. We work hard to implement set of practices that reduces workplace anxiety, gives everyone a voice, and fosters a community of connected people.

    That means we don’t mandate a number of billable hours for lawyers every day, we don’t measure performance based on time and we don’t expect people to be constantly available.

    We want to create a professional environment that is sustainable. We have a flat structure where everyone can connect and ask for help. We give our people the permission to be autonomous (but not at the expense of appropriate support). We encourage you to have a work life balance.

    We recognise that these things help you be a better professional.

  • Wellbeing

    At Aptum, we understand the challenges of working in the legal field – the intellectual and emotional demands can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve gone above and beyond to create a Wellbeing Program that genuinely supports you.

    Developed in collaboration with a seasoned practitioner boasting over two decades of experience in health and wellbeing, our program is designed to ensure you don’t just survive, but thrive.

    Aptum partners with wellbeing consultants to bring a unique blend of practices to support our entire team’s wellbeing, which in the past has included sessions on movement and posture, yoga, breathwork and meditation.

    As part of our commitment to supporting staff, Aptum also has an Employee Assistance Program partnership with Relationship Matters.

    Relationship Matters enables employees to access free and confidential counselling services to help deal with issues that are impacting on you at work – regardless of whether those issues originate at work or in your personal life.

  • Diversity and inclusion

    Aptum was founded by Nigel and Marita Evans, who share the belief that a diverse team enriches perspectives, creativity and problem-solving abilities, and creates a more welcoming space to work.

    Our executive team is 40% female, 60% male. Our broader team is 58% female, 42% male. We continue to strive for diversity across our team and in positions of leadership.

    We recognise that diversity is not only reflected by gender, and we value and respect differences in backgrounds, experiences and preferences.

    In our graduate program, we do not prioritise applicants from particular universities.

  • Professional development a priority, not a checkbox

    We don’t expect you to be up and running straight away. Litigation is challenging and we acknowledge and recognise the need for ongoing learning, especially in an early-career setting.

    Your induction at Aptum won’t just be a day or a week. We will train you all year. Our Litigation graduates will have Practical Legal Training (PLT) fully supported by Aptum. Our Commercial Operations graduates will have broad opportunities for ongoing in-house and external professional development opportunities in best practice business management.

    One way we facilitate ongoing learning is by designing the project teams for each new matter based on the professional development needs of individuals. We want you to experience a range of matters across different industries and areas of law.

    Our entire team participates in weekly, internal Learning & Development sessions where we cover a breadth of topics. Some of these sessions involve developing legal and business skills, whereas others will focus on general learning to support your overall growth as a professional.

  • Mentorship from industry-leading litigators and business professionals

    At Aptum, you will be mentored by some of the most recognised litigators in the industry, as well as seasoned business professionals from C-suite environments. Not just occupy the same office space.

    Nigel Evans, Managing Director and Practice Lead (Commercial Disputes), was a barrister at the Victorian Bar before co-founding Aptum, and is widely known as a pioneer of a modernised approach to litigation in Australia.

    Marita Evans, Director of Business Development, Strategy & Brand, practised at the Victorian Bar before co-founding Aptum, and has held positions in policy for the Commonwealth Government, as well as in marketing and public relations for magic circle firms in the UK.

    Tuan Van Le, Practice Lead (Tax Disputes), has been the Executive Director of the ATO’s litigation department and a Judicial Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia.

    Tracey Evans, Chief Ops and Finance Officer, has held senior positions in finance and human resources for global companies, worked as a corporate consultant and business advisor, and is a Chartered Accountant.

    David Adason, Associate Director, was previously an Associate to a Justice of the Federal Court and, as well as being a senior litigator, is the architect of Aptum’s systems and technology.

    Mentorship is a crucial part of our graduate programs, and we recognise the significant value this can have at the beginning of your career and beyond. You will work closely with our directors and practice leads, though your mentorship will extend more broadly across the team. We ensure you are involved in a variety of projects with different people to learn from.

Stay posted for further information about our 2025 Graduate Programs.

 

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