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.
As a graduate, I perform a wide variety of legal tasks each day. Sometimes the work is routine legal work, such as proof-reading agreements and correspondence or doing basic comparisons of documents to check for consistency. Other times the work is more challenging and technical, such as drafting sections for an agreement or researching a point of law so that a partner can provide advice to a client.
In Melbourne, applications are first made for the clerkship process, where one relaxed, informal, conversational interview of up to an hour is held between the applicant and a partner / HR / senior lawyer.
Very conversational, based on my CV, about my interests, experiences, what I want in a firm.
Relax, be yourself, and think about something unique about yourself or an experience you have had (that does not have to be work or law-related by any means) - they really just want to get to know you and whether you would be a good fit for the firm.
The firm has provided me with training an increasingly relevant skills that are not mentioned at uni, like data visualisation, AI systems and is paying for me to convert my Irish law degree and qualify in Australia.