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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…
My day to day activities involve drafting transactional documents, client liaison, business development, market monitoring and regulatory research and advice
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.
Most recruitment comes from clerkships however there is also a level of market graduate recruitment. Market graduate recruitment is quite strenuous and will likely involve two interviews, including one where your legal skills are tested.
Questions regarding teamwork, why I was interested in commercial law, what legal experience I had, why I was interested in Allens
I would recommend that students consider why they want to come to Allens, you shouldn't apply if commercial law isn't for you. I would recommend knowing the information on your CV well, most of the time interviewees will be guided by your CV.
On average, I would finish between 6-8pm most nights. The hours are longer than public sector work, but not too stressful. Allens is very flexible regarding working from home, sometimes I have left earlier to have dinner at home and start working again afterwards.
I don't know much about pay scales and bonuses at this stage.
Performance feedback is good, there is a system whereby someone is always monitoring your performance. Communication of firm strategy and employee advancement is not clearly communicated.
The training program is very thorough, there is graduate induction, year long graduate training, practice group training and Allens business school (which is not law specific but more relevant to the commercial aspects of our clients' businesses)
The first two years are very formulaic. You progress from a law graduate to a lawyer and then to an associate after completing your two 12 month rotations and settling in a practice group. After that the move is to Senior Associate a few more years. Then getting to partner is tough.
Women and LGBTI are very well supported. Very low ethnic diversity.
Only carbon neutral law firm, various mentoring programmes, pro bono legal services
The offices are probably the nicest I've ever seen for a law firm. Generally, there are two graduates per shared office, and the space is very generous. The dress code is "business", but "relaxed" - which means suit and tie, except when you're not dealing with the public, when the coat and tie become optional.
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