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Reviews by Allens graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 21 graduates working at Allens. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 21 responses.
- The continued focus on education and development.
- Extremely good training; working with leading lawyers who are committed to your development. Friendly, very inclusive culture. Working on high profile and complex matters
- The people, the training, the support initiatives, the development programs such as Allens accelerate. I mostly proud of Allens LGBT initiatives as well as support for indigenous reconciliation plans and pro bono activities.
- Supportive and friendly work environment, exceptional training and challenging work.
- Excellent resources and support, working with other highly engaged people, working for great clients on interesting matters
- The hours required to sometimes work.
- The internal pressure to perform and working long hours.
- The hours can be brutal.
- Expensive to park in the city
- As with all elite law firms, there can be high pressure and long hours, but the work environment helps with that.
What insiders say about…
Graduate - responsible for preliminary drafts of documents and legal research
Supportive and inclusive. Very flat structure, partners are fantastic at getting junior lawyers involved in all aspects of a matter. Great teamwork both within the Corporate team as well as across the firm as a whole. Good number of social events, especially amongst junior lawyers.
Law graduates usually come to the firm via the clerkship process - involving an application, interview, online testing, and a period of vacation work at the firm. Law graduates are then recruited only from the clerkship pool. Very rarely, candidates will be recruited directly from the open market.
I was asked to prepare a hypothetical scenario, which involved giving advice to a "client" about their fictional legal problems. However, I was a slightly unusual market entrant at the firm, so this process will likely be different for other candidates.
Proofread your cover letters closely, and ask somebody else to check them for you as well. Demonstrate that you are somebody who is interesting, interested and engaged in the world around them. Don't write cover letters that spend too much time talking about your academic results - we know that you're probably a smart and capable person (you're a law student, we know that you know how to study), and your transcript will convey that information anyway. We're more interested in hearing what makes you unique and special.
My hours are varied depending on the nature of the work. The firm is such where you can be there till midnight every night if you so chose or you could leave at 7pm. People have flexible arrangements working from home depending on their needs.
I think the pay for a graduate salary is very reasonable and more than what is competitive.
Free dinners and taxis, heaps of free food generally at meetings and training sessions. Heaps of training sessions for juniors about different areas of the law. Heaps of opportunities to get involved in different things.
They are easily accessible and approachable. Generally very good at giving constructive and positive feedback.
There is training for each practice group of the firm, as well as firm wide training on new initiatives, interesting developments in the law as well as external training on matters that could assist us. This extends my current awareness but also assists my practical skills in my practice but also in areas outside my practice such reading financial statements.
Promotions are based on merit, there are no time milestones you have to reach before you can be promoted.
There is a good focus on diversity and inclusion with respect to women and LGBT.
Our firm is the firm global law firm to be carbon neutral, it has and I have been part of Reconciliation Action Plan Group, charity committee which supports many charities such as Whitelion and Fitted for Work and the pro bono committee.
Office is incredible. Facilities and furnishings are fantastic. Dress code varies around the practice groups. In my group it is very relaxed compared to other corporate environments: no ties; generally casual on Fridays. Everyone is still generally very well groomed.
The Footprint committee is dedicated to reducing the firms carbon footprint, and has managed to get the firm to be the first firm to be carbon neutral.Join us to bookmark!
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