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About Us

If you want to make the most of your career in law, our global network is the perfect place to start. Our worldwide capabilities give us access to the most interesting markets, the most exciting clients and the most significant and complex transactions. For you, this means the chance to work on market-leading deals with some of the most experienced and talented lawyers in our industry, together with access to international secondment opportunities from early in your career.

At Allens we have practice groups that cover a wide range of legal areas located within four legal departments. Each lawyer belongs to one legal department and to a practice group (either as their principal area of practice or for interest). Our legal departments are: Corporate, Financial Services & Projects, Litigation & Intellectual Property and Asia.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Penultimate year students only? Yes.

Do you accept applications from interstate students? Yes. 

 

Clerkship Rotations

Our clerkship programs offer an exceptional opportunity to experience our work, people and culture. The program runs over three to 10 weeks (this varies across each of our offices) and includes full-time work experience during your university break. Our clerkship programs are designed to give you the insights into the workings of a large corporate law firm and to help you make an informed decision on where you want to start your career.

We offer a range of experiences across a number of different practice groups and sectors as you complete your rotations with us.

 

Brisbane

Application dates: 27 February - 9:00am, 20 March 2017.

Application method: Online submission via our careers page - www.allens.com.au/careers. As part of your online application, you will need to include a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript and respond to short answer questions. 

Clerkship dates: We offer clerkship programs in summer and winter. Our programs run for three weeks to coincide with university holidays. 

Contact:

Courtney Mullens, Graduate Resourcing Consultant

Student.Careers@allens.com.au 

 

Melbourne

Application dates: Application dates for 2017 will be updated shortly. 

Clerkship dates: We offer three clerkship programs throughout the year - two in summer and one in winter. Our programs coincide with university holidays. 

Application method: Online submission via our careers page - www.allens.com.au/careers. As part of your online application, you will need to include a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript and respond to short answer questions. 

Contact:

Danielle Butera, Graduate Resourcing Consultant

Student.Careers@allens.com.au 

 

Perth

Application dates: Application dates for 2017 will be updated shortly. Tentative dates: 17 July - 6 August 2017.

Clerkship dates: We will be offering clerkship programs throughout the year in both the summer and winter periods. Our programs coincide with university holidays. 

Application method: Online submission via our careers page - www.allens.com.au/careers. As part of your online application, you will need to include a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript and respond to short answer questions. 

Contact: 

Courtney Mullens, Graduate Resourcing Consultant

Student.Careers@allens.com.au 

 

Sydney

Application dates: Application dates for 2017 will be updated shortly. 

Clerkship dates: In Sydney we run two summer clerkships - you have the option of a ten-week or five-week clerkship. This gives you the flexibility to make the most of your summer break. 

Application method: Online submission via our careers page - www.allens.com.au/careers. As part of your online application, you will need to include a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript and respond to short answer questions. 

Contact: 

Lauren Kay, Graduate Resourcing Consultant

Student.Careers@allens.com.au 

 

London & Hong Kong

Click here to visit the Allens website for more information. 

 

Connect

Website: Click here to visit the Allens website. 

Email: Student.Careers@allens.com.au 

Facebook: Allens Careers

Twitter: @AllensLegal 

Here's a quick rundown of what you can look forward to:

  • An induction program that introduces you to our people and the work we do.
  • On-the-job training with support from a partner and junior lawyer who'll act as your supervising partner and buddy.
  • The opportunity to work with many of Australia's and the world's top 100 companies.
  • Build strong relationships with our clients and our lawyers across our network.
  • Tasks similar to those of a junior lawyer rotating through the group.
  • Learn about our global secondment opportunities on offer to you early on in your career.
  • Sports and social events where you will really get to know us and our culture.
  • The chance to get involved in our community work.
  • An opportunity to build a network of peers. 

 

Graduate Programs

Our graduates bring a diverse range of skills, interest and experiences to the firm.

We are always on the lookout for great talent and our graduate program is the perfect place to start a career with us. Ideally, you will have done a clerkship with us; however, if you are interested in joining us as a law graduate outside of the clerkship program, please contact us.

To support you continuing to learn and grow as a professional, our learning programs are specifically designed to build and round out your skills – putting you on the path to becoming a market-leading lawyer.

Our development programs provide graduates with practical legal education of the highest professional standard. And, along with your on-the-job experience and work activity, you’ll build a broad knowledge of the law and business, and find an area of specialisation that inspires you.

Olivia Ronan, Sydney Summer Clerk

What do you think sets Allens apart from other firms?

To me, there are a number of things that set Allens apart from other firms. As much as it is easy to say that a firm doesn't hire a particular 'type' of person, I am yet to meet someone at Allens who doesn't have a good sense of humour, and doesn't have passions and hobbies outside of the law. I've met performers, sportspeople, musicians, debaters, skiers, comedians, BMX bikers and farmers, which means that there is always interesting lunch conversation and an endless list of people who are brilliant to chat with at Friday night drinks. I have also been incredibly grateful for the networks at Allens – particularly the Women at Allens and ALLin LGBTIQ network – for making me feel genuinely welcome in my entirety. The strategies and 'themes' that the networks and committees choose to pursue fold into the Firm’s pro bono initiatives, such as ALLin's concentration in 2016 on trans issues influencing the decision to assist in representing trans teens in special medical procedure applications, which I think is phenomenal.

What are your suggestions on how to prepare for a clerkship program?

Before anything else, I think it’s important to rest up after the end of semester before you dive into the clerkship. Sleep and a breath of fresh air will be really important to ensure that you can throw yourself into it. When you find out your practice group rotations, build a relationship with your buddy or with anyone else to arrange a coffee with lawyers you'll be working with – seek advice, get a hint about the kind of tasks that you’ll be working on, and start to build strong working friendships across the firm. 

 

Cameron Barnes, Perth Graduate

I find it difficult to explain what it is like being a law graduate at Allens to my friends and family. Some friends picture me bursting into court rooms and making emotive speeches about justice and the rule of law. Others imagine me pulling all-nighters in order to read through mountains of paper. The reality of life as a law graduate is much less hyperbolic. It is, however, far from an ordinary job.

I probably do more legal research than any of the other graduates in the Perth office for three reasons. First, my current rotation is in the Commercial Litigation and Disputes team, which tends to involve much more research than transactional based teams. Second, the matters I have worked on up to this point have mostly been disputes at a very high level. For the first three months of my rotation, I worked on an appeal before the Full Court of the Federal Court which involved some very complex questions of law. Third, I personally enjoy research and make an effort to take it on when I can.

In the afternoon, I had a meeting with a Partner from our Corporate practice group to settle some rules I had drafted for a new Aboriginal Corporation. The Aboriginal Corporation is one of our newer pro-bono clients and I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know the people involved at an early stage.

 

Laura Bereicua, Sydney Lawyer

I started at Allens in 2014 as a Summer Clerk, and then in 2015 I commenced as a Law Graduate in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. The rotations gave me the opportunity to get in-depth and hands-on experience, and as a result I have gradually been able to take on much more responsibility.

Outside of my commercial practice, I also work for the Homeless Persons Legal Service, the Migrant Outreach Service and the Human Rights Law Centre. I am also actively involved in Allens' Reconciliation Action Plan Committee. Allens is incredibly supportive and proud of the work it does it in the community, and my time at Allens has been enriched by my involvement in pro bono work.

For anyone thinking of a career at Allens, my advice would be to make sure you have a strong idea of your career objectives and why you want a career in commercial law. I grew up in the small coastal town of Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast and I was the first person from my family to attend university. Prior to coming to Allens I had never been exposed to life in a corporate law firm and I never truly knew what it would be like until I arrived here. I was really honest about that in my interviews, but I was able to articulate why I thought Allens might be the right fit for me. 

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