The McInnes Wilson Lawyers graduate program is different. It offers graduates the opportunity to work with expert practitioners and complete challenging work on real files for real clients in a variety of practice areas. The traineeship will see you develop knowledge and skills in ten areas.

The firm believes that offering graduates on-the-job training through the traineeship provides them with the legal knowledge, professional skills, firm knowledge, and the practical work experience needed to become a successful lawyer with the firm.


Similar to your university degree, the supervised workplace traineeship is made up of core units and elective units. Some of these units include; Civil Litigation, Commercial and Corporate Law, Property Law, Lawyers Skills, Problem Solving and Work Management and Business Skills.

The traineeship will see you work closely with senior practitioners to develop your knowledge and skills in each of these areas.

During your traineeship you will have access to a number of personal and professional development activities.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program

The fortnightly CLE Program is set by the firm’s Training Committee every six months and features a variety of topics on personal development, professional development and legal topics facilitated by internal and external presenters. Highlights of our recent programs include; presentation skills, business development tips, risk and time management, making court applications, employment law, building client relationships, using LinkedIn for networking and regulatory and WorkCover prosecutions.

Mentor Program

Having a mentor to support and guide you is a great way to assist you to achieve your personal goals and professional potential. Your mentoring relationship will assist you to:

  • build your confidence;
  • set and achieve personal and career goals;
  • learn about other practice areas and
  • learn from others experiences

The Mentors participating in the program range from Senior Associates through to Principals. Mentors and mentees are re-assigned each 12 months to allow you to build a wide range of networks and relationships across the firm.


The young professionals Networx networking events are held on a monthly basis with the focus on developing networking skills of junior professional staff. This is organised with major accounting firms. The Networx events form part of the firm’s business development initiatives to build and strengthen relationships with other professional services firms at both senior and trainee levels. 

Pro Bono Work

McInnes Wilson Lawyers graduates have the opportunity to accompany experienced lawyers to a number of organisations such as the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), to assist in offering pro bono legal advice to a number of individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford premier legal assistance. Pro bono work exposes you to a variety of work and people from all walks of life and allows you to develop your client service skills.

"I would definitely recommend the Supervised Workplace Traineeship to other graduates. Completing your legal training through placement in real teams and working on real matters for clients is something that can’t be matched by the ‘classroom’ style alternatives. It helps set you apart from others and gives you a head start when you begin working as an admitted solicitor"