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University of New South Wales
Rotation: Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking & Finance
Shareen studied Commerce/Law at University of New South Wales
A summer clerkship is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences that you can have in law school. To help you get a sense of what a clerkship at KWM is all about, below are a few insights on my experience over 2016/17!
The application and interview process:
Applying for clerkships can be a long and often stressful process – you’re juggling uni, work and interviews, and it can feel overwhelming. KWM made this process much easier, with information packs about what to expect from the process, regular Google Hangouts where we could ask questions to the partners, lawyers and past clerks, and great networking events. My highlight was the final cocktail event, which was a fun multicultural food fair where you could try different cuisines and meet and mingle with the lawyers and partners that you had met throughout the process. I also found the interview process really enjoyable – the partners and lawyers who interviewed me were down to earth and easy to chat to, and genuinely wanted to get to know me. This was such a point of difference to other firms, and helped me connect with KWM right away.
I was given plenty of responsibility from day one, and learnt a lot from the partners and other lawyers in such a short space of time. The work is varied and exciting - I was able to draft contracts, write memos for clients and sit in on international conference calls. Everyone is friendly and willing to teach and help you, and if you have a particular interest in an area of law, they will do their best to accommodate that. You get plenty of valuable feedback and advice throughout your rotations, helping you to improve and build your skills.
If I had to sum up the culture at KWM, I would say that KWM lawyers are intellectually curious, dynamic and driven, yet friendly and approachable. The teams work hard, but there’s a strong social aspect to the firm, and you can get involved in anything from sport to pro-bono work.
When you start, there’s plenty of training to equip you with all the important skills to succeed in your clerkship. During your clerkship, you’re allocated a buddy for each rotation who is there for day-to-day help and support, and a supervising partner that you work closely with. There’s also a great network of junior lawyers in each team to give further guidance and advice, and everyone is willing to assist whenever you need it.
Pro Bono and community:
KWM is very involved in giving back to the community, and the clerks got to experience some great initiatives over the summer. We spent a day volunteering at the Streetlevel Mission, and were given the project of re-writing and refreshing the NCYLC Lawstuff Webpages which provide legal information to young people
The social life:
The summer clerkship is an amazing chance to meet new people and make lifelong friends. Our clerk group bonded over our obsession with frosé and dinners at Chefs Gallery, and our social coordinators kept us busy with weekly drinks, lunches and even a roadtrip up to Palm Beach! We also had inter-firm activities such as the weekly sports competition and a themed cruise (some great memories were made with our Kath and Kim outfits!).
Why I chose King & Wood Mallesons:
I was really drawn to the strength of KWM’s transactional practice, and the ability to work with market-leading teams and world-class partners and lawyers on some of the most complex and challenging deals around. I was also excited about starting at a firm with such a strong connection to the Asian region, and I experienced a lot of cross-border work during my rotations. Above all, I had a strong connection to the lawyers I met throughout the process, which made me confident that I would be welcomed and valued at the firm. I felt that KWM was the best firm to start my career and give me the skills and experience that I need to be a successful and well-rounded lawyer.
Who would I recommend a KWM clerkship to:
Anyone who loves to learn, isn’t afraid of a challenge and is willing to step out of their comfort zone! If you want to be immersed in high quality legal work with the best team of lawyers and partners in the business, KWM is the right place for you.