Bilson Law
Solicitor Graduate Program

The Bilson Law Graduate Program is a two-year program.


  • Be admitted to practice or scheduled to be admitted to practice law in NSW.
  • Be familiar with the Family Law Act, The Evidence Act, Succession Act, Powers of Attorney Act and all legislation and rules applicable for Solicitors generally and Solicitors working specifically in family law and estate planning.
  • Have exceptional written and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to be a team player.
  • Computer skills: typing, and Microsoft office programs.


Key obligations are:

  • Comply with all solicitor conduct rules and our workplace policies.
  • Read and be extremely familiar with the ‘Practitioner’s Guide to Family Law (available online free of charge).
  • Ensure that all work is reviewed.
  • Maintain your practicing certificate including CPD.
  • Engage and join a professional committee.
  • Attend one professional conference each year.
  • Appreciate and support each Bilson Law team member.

Some other requirements:

  • Read, a new lawyers guide to getting it right the first time. Ensure that you have read this by the end of your first month (see Bilson Law library).
  • Subscribe to and review the Law Society Journal each month.
  • Join (at employer expense) the Family Law Council of Australia.
  • Enjoy being part of a team.
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Monthly Meetings


We will meet once per month. Meeting agenda is open to be amended whenever necessary, however will generally include the following:

  • See how you are going. A general check in.
  • Identify items/area’s for improvement.
  • Review current and previous competencies.
  • Provide guidance on the new area of competency and develop strategies to work on and assess that competency.


The competency goals include but are not limited to:

  • Time management skills.
  • Exceptional drafting skills: letters, documents, file notes, Minute of Orders.
  • Impeccable file organisation and management.
  • Competent practice in family law and estate planning
  • Professional and articulate client engagement including: initial engagement; telephone, zoom and in-person appointments. An ability to identify and address client needs.
  • An acute awareness of and compliance with ethical obligation.
  • An awareness of and active promotion of self-care, health and well-being.
  • Advocacy skills including Court, mediation.
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How To Apply

To apply, please send an expression of interest letter to Jacqui Bilson, Principal Solicitor via email

In your letter please outline:

  • A bit about your relevant skills or experience.
  • Some things you would really like to be involved with as part of your work experience.
  • Your availability (please be as specific as possible).
  • Your training organisation or school.
  • Any information necessary to help us provide a culturally safe space for your work experience.
  • Any accessibility requirements.