Career Prospects at King & Wood Mallesons

Please tell us about promotion possibilities and fill us in on what it takes to move up the ranks.

I think with law firms generally progression is quite slow. After you get admitted as a solicitor the next step is a promotion to Senior Associate which usually doesn't occur until the 4th or 5th year post admission. Therefore, there is a period of about 4-5 years where you don't have any promotion opportunities. Further, the step from Senior Associate to Partner is also a very long process. I think that if you were working for a corporate there would be more promotion opportunities.
Graduate, Sydney
It depends on how much room there is in your particular area - if there is a business need and you are capable, you may progress quickly, if there are already a lot of senior people in that group then there may not be room for you to move up.
Graduate, Sydney
Hard to gauge at my very junior level. Promotion to Senior Associate appears to based mostly on longevity. Promotion to Partner appears to be more competence-based.
Graduate, Sydney
Putting in the years.
Graduate, Sydney
Seems like there is clear career progression if you meet targets and work hard.
Graduate, Sydney
Dependent primarily on time.
Midlevel, Melbourne
Plenty of promotion opportunities with the exception of partner level.
Graduate, Melbourne
There are set criteria and performance indicators that need to be met to be promoted once we come off the graduate program.
Graduate, Melbourne
Seems reasonable from observation. At the very least, opportunities to further develop and become more experienced in particular areas is prominent and widely accessible throughout the firm.
Graduate, Canberra
Quality of work and demeanour is important.
Graduate, Melbourne
Managers and employees have open communication about career progression. However, it is generally up to the employee to drive their own progression.
Graduate, Sydney
Seems to be a linear progression.
Graduate, Sydney
Very linear, have to put lots of time and effort in. Building a good brand is key.
Graduate, Sydney