About the firm
Allens is a leading international law firm, with partners, lawyers and corporate services employees across Asia and Australia.
Through an integrated alliance with Linklaters, we provide clients with access to market-leading lawyers through a global network of 40 offices across 29 countries, including to emerging markets in Africa, Asia and South America.
We work with many of the world’s leading organisations – including 55 of the world’s top 100 companies and more than 75 of Australia’s top 100 companies.
Additionally, Allens has been named Australian Law Firm of the Year for 2017 by leading international legal directory Chambers.
A strategic alliance
Our integrated alliance with Linklaters puts us ahead of the market – we are the only firm in Australia and Asia to have a formal relationship with a UK Magic Circle firm.
For our clients, this integration of our complementary practices means a seamless service, with one point of contact, a unified team drawn from the best resources of each firm, and consistent quality advice and support.
For you, it means even more possibilities. You’ll have the chance to work with a broader group of clients, work on multi-jurisdictional matters and take up opportunities for international assignments.
- One firm
A new career deal
To build the law firm of the future, we’re focused on creating new possibilities for our people in terms of the way that they work, learn and manage their careers. One of the first steps has been the introduction of our new career deal, which empowers our people to take ownership of their careers and to progress as far, and as quickly, as they want to go.
The Allens career deal empowers each of our people to drive their own careers. By fundamentally changing our career model, we have created increased opportunities to build sustainable careers that will help us meet the demands of the future.
We listened to the market
The way our clients think about their businesses is changing, the demographic face of Australia is changing, and the shape of international markets is changing. One of the hall marks of our success as a firm over 190 years is that when it is time to change, we change. The time to change is now.
We listened to our people
Survey results from over 500 employees, partners and alumni across the country expressed demand for a new career model of the future, where is person is supported to build sustainable careers and progress through the firm at their own speed.
What we offer
The new career model is good news for our talented lawyers. Why?
- It focuses on merit rather than seniority, meaning you have greater control over your career trajectory
- Clear expectations through to partner gives you greater transparency over career milestones
- There will be increased responsibility across all aspects of client and practice management
- More active management of careers and development experiences will you in your career, no matter where you see yourself in the future.
What we expect
Our environment requires new and different skills, and the new career framework sets out our expectations at each stage of your career. These are in addition to the attributes we all need to demonstrate: proactivity, strategic thinking, commerciality, flexibility, self-awareness and career ownership
It’s a two way deal
The career deal cuts both ways. We are setting a new standard and providing opportunities for lawyers to build fulfilling and rewarding careers, now and in the future. In return, we ask our lawyers to proactively pursue opportunities to grow and develop the skills required for success in the new world and for their continued commitment to technical excellence.
We recruit most of our graduates through our clerkship programs – a great way for you to see how we operate and find out if a career at Allens is for you.
All our Australian offices offer clerkships that coincide with most university holidays. We recruit from universities across Australia but also welcome applications from international students who are eligible to work in Australia.
Gain first-hand exposure to life as a lawyer at Allens. Get involved in work as soon as you set foot in the firm. Work alongside lawyers and partners; learn from their feedback and enjoy their support. And get a feel for who we are and why we’re different.
You’ll come away with all the insights you need to make an informed decision about your future. We offer a range of experiences across a number of different practice groups and sectors.
Here’s a quick run-down of what you can look forward to.
- an induction program that introduces you to our people and the work we do;
- on-the-job training with support from a partner and junior lawyer who’ll act as your supervisor and buddy;
- the opportunity to work with many of Australia’s and the world’s top 100 companies;
- performing tasks similar to those of a junior lawyer;
- an opportunity to hear first hand from our partners and Corporate Services teams on topics ranging from Allens as a business to Allens in the community;
- sports and social events, where you will really get to know the people of Allens;
- the chance to get involved in our community work; and
- the opportunity to build a network of peers.
If you are interested in exploring opportunities to undertake an international clerkship over summer, we encourage you to apply for a clerkship with our alliance partner, Linklaters. For more information about the program and how you can apply, visit: www.linklaters.com/ukgrads
There isn’t an ‘Allens’ type’ – in fact, the more you enjoy working with a variety of people, the greater your success will be. Diverse perspectives help solve complex problems. On top of that, teams are stronger, client relationships become richer and life is just more interesting.
Put simply, we look for intelligence and curiosity combined. That said, we know that there are certain attributes that are key to our success.
A curious mind is vital, as is plenty of initiative. The more adaptable you’re prepared to be and the more energy you bring with you, the more you’ll get out of your career at Allens. You’ll be able to steer a path that turns possibilities into realities.
Excellence is essential. It’s a guarantee we give our clients. Intellectually rigorous, driven and eager to learn, you’ll set the highest standards for yourself and strive to be the best you can be.
Successful lawyers understand that law is more than an academic pursuit. It’s about understanding the client – their objectives and the challenges they face – as well as the wider commercial environment in which we operate.
Positive people thrive in our environment. We look for people who can build sustainable careers with us; people who successfully juggle a busy life and varying commitments, while maintaining their well -being. Like us, you’ll believe that leading a full, active life outside the law can make you a more interesting person to work with.
A fresh perspective
Our clients often tell us we have ‘great people’. And it’s true. We look for people who can bring a fresh perspective and energy to everything they do, with the ability to create strong relationships with each other and with clients. We aim to recruit people who are open minded, willing to learn, and committed to contributing to the firm in many different ways.
Working at Allens is a two-way street.
We offer you the possibility of a rewarding career, challenging work, access to strategic minds, an extensive learning program and the opportunity to be the best you can be.
In return, we ask you to show initiative, work hard, demonstrate your commerciality and be resilient.
It’s about working together to make possibilities happen.
We have designed a graduate program that will not only enhance your technical expertise, but that will equip you with the business development and interpersonal skills required by all lawyers who are serious about building a practice.
You will complete two twelve-month rotations in two different practice groups before you specialise. Our rotations will allow you build the kind of expertise, trust and relationships that enable you to grow and succeed from an early stage in your career.
You’ll also benefit from:
- an intensive induction program to kick-start your career;
- a development supervisor, who’ll act as your mentor throughout your rotations, to ensure you gain optimum experience and client exposure;
- A dedicated Performance Coach helping you to accelerate your on the job performance and progression
- weekly in-house legal education seminars that give you a solid grounding in the basic technical knowledge all lawyers must have, whatever their practice group;
- ongoing skill development workshops run by internal and external providers;
- a broad range of work that exposes you to different areas of law, different teams and different clients;
- on-the-job training supported by a development supervisor and a buddy;
- videos, podcasts and online training workshops;
- development/career planning; and
- an in-house Practical Legal Training program designed by the ANU and tailored specifically to Allens. You’ll aim to be admitted to the supreme court at the end of your first year.
Does Allens offer deferment of a graduate offer?
Allens will offer deferrals for graduate positions for one year, on a discretionary basis.
Are graduate offers in Melbourne made solely to previous clerks?
The majority of graduate offers at Allens are made through the priority offer process, according to the LIV guidelines. From time to time, we will make offers outside this process and will advertise these opportunities via our careers website (www.allens.com.au/careers)
From time to time our other offices do offer graduate positions
What other opportunities and experiences does Allens offer its graduates e.g. secondments or travel opportunities?
We offer secondments across Allens offices in Australia and throughout Asia, as well as international assignments to Linklaters offices around the world. For example, four of our 2013 law graduates will spend their second rotation at Linklaters’ London office.
If you opt for a client secondment, you might find yourself working at one of the world’s top 100 companies, or a pro-bono secondment could see you working with one of our many community partners across the region.
Clerkship applications open: Monday, 15 June
Clerkship applications close: Sunday, 16 July
Interviews: August / September
Offers made: Wednesday, 4 October
What is Allens' approach to pro bono
Our goal is to provide free legal assistance to those in need and to a range of not-for-profit and charitable clients. We were a foundation signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre Target for pro bono work, and our lawyers commit to an average of at least 35 hours of pro bono work per year, as well as secondments with some of our community partners.
Our pro bono clients include:
- Amnesty International Australia;
- the Arts Law Centre of Australia;
- the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation;
- the Bicycle Institute;
- Bush Heritage Australia;
- ChildFund Australia;
- the Human Rights Law Centre;
- the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation;
- the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre; and
What is Allens’ approach to the continuing education of its employees?
The learning never stops at Allens – which is something that our employees at all levels value. It’s woven into our culture and makes our people better leaders as well as better legal practitioners.
Along with formal technical training and development, we offer a mentor program, a buddy program and support to pursue further education outside the firm.
Then there’s the constant on-the-job learning you can expect. No two matters are ever the same and we’re known for finding clear and effective solutions to the most complex problems. Plus, we don’t operate in silos. We collaborate and share knowledge across practice areas.