GradAustralia surveyed 26 graduates working at Gilbert + Tobin. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 26 responses.
The collegiality and the team atmosphere as well as interesting and stimulating work
The people, training, facilities, culture and quality of the work.
I love the work I'm doing and I love the people I'm doing it with. It's not very hierarchical, which means you get many opportunities to work directly with partners. You get a lot of responsibility working on matters, but are well supervised . It's a terrific learning environment.
Work with the best lawyers for the biggest clients. Autonomous experience for juniors with material contributions to all matters.
I feel like I can be myself. They respect honesty. Everyone is really friendly. Get to work closely with partners. Given lots of autonomy and client interaction. Given the opportunity to attend lots of events.
Sometimes training opportunities are missed because there is a need to complete tasks on a deadline
It can occasionally feel under-staffed.
At times, long hours with tough time frames and deadlines.
The training is generally quite good, mainly for clerks and graduates during their induction program. More specific training to focus on the actual day-to-day tasks of juniors would be the next big improvement.
The progression is constant, because everyone is either a lawyer / consultant or partner / special council the rigid progression is bypassed, with anyone able to take on a challenge and tasks that would be seen to be beyond their station in a traditional system.