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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…
I take the role of the junior lawyer on matters. This involves initial drafting of some documents; reviewing all documents; billing responsibilities; liaising with our clients and the lawyers from the other side.
The culture in the office is friendly, supportive and open doors policy. There is no face time. The firm goes to great lengths to provide support for staff and initiatives to keep employees engaged as well as well balanced employees. The company's culture after hours is also strong with the firm putting on firm drinks, and other events to support networking and firm culture in such a large organisation.
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.
The hours can be long when matters get busy however the partners are flexible regarding out of work commitments and if you are alert people to your commitments they will attempt to work around you.
I am satisfied with my pay because it is standard for the legal industry however I am well aware I could work less hours for more pay outside a top tier firm.
There is Allens Advantage which is discounts at most major brands and outlets, there is free dinners, free taxis and free drinks and food at functions. As a junior lawyer there is an Arena events which are networking events at interesting locations. This year it was at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
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.
Intensive graduate induction training - provides training on nearly all areas in the company follows with 1 lunchtime training session each week on core legal skills
Progression to associate level after the graduate program is not difficult however in order to make senior associate candidates must undergo an interview process. The firm has recently moved away from lock-step progression so that high performers can be promoted despite their year level.
Women and LGBTI are very well supported. Very low ethnic diversity.
I have worked on pro bono legal matters and we participate in the Homeless Persons Legal Service, for example.
The location and facilities are excellent, particularly the main reception area and the views from many of the offices. The dress code is corporate but not too conservative.
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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