Law students

Your professional development is a priority at Gilbert + Tobin. We offer paralegals, clerks and graduates a variety of professional development and education programs at every stage of their career.

Practical Legal Training and College of Law

Gilbert + Tobin funds and provides a Practical Legal Training (PLT) program for graduates through the College of Law. We also offer continual professional development and education programs in all practice areas, at every stage of your career.

PLT keeps you up to date with the latest legislative developments, while allowing you to expand your skills, improve your capabilities and build a successful and rewarding career. PLT at the College of Law also enables you to complete mandatory continuing legal education required of you as a lawyer.

Graduate learning

Our graduate training program complements your academic knowledge with invaluable practical and commercial skills. Graduates benefit from a tailored Younger Lawyers training program that starts with a concise introduction to the firm’s areas of specialisation. This is followed by training in the core skills areas you will require as a lawyer. The program fosters the specific legal skills required to service clients in complex industries. We also reinforce your group training with individual instruction and mentoring.

On-the-job development

As well as formal training, your interaction with senior lawyers and partners at Gilbert + Tobin enhances your experience as a summer clerk or graduate. As part of our focus on providing additional one-on-one learning, a number of partners and senior lawyers share offices with summer clerks and graduates. This informal on-the-job method of learning will help accelerate your development.


Mentoring is an important aspect of life at Gilbert + Tobin. We assign each clerk and graduate with their own mentor – usually a senior lawyer – to guide you through your first rotation and your transition into the firm.

Mentors provide open, genuine support and help law students and graduates establish relationships within the group and across the firm. Graduates are also mentored by a junior lawyer ‘buddy’, a friendly contact who provides invaluable advice and guidance.