Undertaking research, preparing memorandums to senior lawyers detailing research, preparing drafts of advices and correspondence, preparing presentations for business development presentations, attending meetings, various other responsibilities.
My team's culture is quite understanding and diverse. We have a flat structure and often work with partners and seniors directly. There is a good level of cooperation between the team and generally everyone gets along. There are opportunities to work laterally across the team and I am able to do that. We are not an overly social team but do commit to social functions and team outings occasionally.
Recruitment for graduates is primarily achieved through the summer clerkship process which involves a written application, two interviews, and attendance at two cocktail functions and various informal coffee catch ups with junior lawyers. At the end of a summer clerkship, the firm typically offers all clerks graduate positions. The firm rarely recruits graduates outside of this process.
A combination of behavioural and general questions about myself, the firm, my motivations to work in commercial law, my understanding of the business of the firm and its client, my alignment with firm values and vision and what I think I can contribute to the firm and what I hope to take from my employment here.
The firm provides a lot of training programs for graduates, however it is all concentrated in our first week at work. I think some of it might be better staggered through the program once we have had some experience in the office. In particular, I think we require better networking training.
My company encourages lawyers to become involved in community investment programs, which include pro bono work and mentoring disadvantaged school-children. On occasion, my company has also rejected work from clients they believe to be involved in unethical activities - EG tobacco companies. However this does not happen often.