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ISAACS LAW SOCIETY

2018

CLERKSHIP GUIDE


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CONTENTS I WELCOME II THE CLERKSHIP III ALUMNUS FEATURE IV ISAACS RECOMMENDS V STUDENT EXPERIENCE VI FIRMS CLAYTON UTZ
 KING & WOOD MALLESONS MINTERELLISON VII ISAACS 2018

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Publications and Engagement Officer publications@isaacsls.com

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I WELCOME So far, 2018 has been a great year for Isaacs. We’ve held a raft of successful and well attended events, including both the Careers Fair and Launch your Legal Career evening. The next event in this series is our Clerkship Evening, for which this Guide has been developed to accompany.

The Clerkship Guide is intended to provide students an insight into the world of clerkships, what they are, who can apply, why it is important to apply, as well as providing an opportunity for students to learn about their peers’ experiences and consider their advice.

I would like to thank our sponsors, Clayton Utz, King & Wood Mallesons, MinterEllison and The College of Law

for their continued support - for which the Society is extremely grateful.

Thanks is also extended to our contributors, including alumni, Christen Wallner, and current student, Bronte Carlin, whose accounts of experience and advice is valued and appreciated.

I wish all students ongoing success and hope that the Guide is both a useful and insightful companion during the application process.

Best of luck,

Joe Gordon Publications and Engagement Officer

Isaacs Law Society School of Law and Justice

University of Canberra


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With thanks to our sponsors

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II THE CLERKSHIP
 number of different areas practiced by the firm.

I What is a legal clerkship?

A legal clerkship, or simply a clerkship, is a form of paid holiday work experience offered to students by law firms. It is a valuable experience through which successful applicants are offered the opportunity to train and practice in a range of legal fields, and experience how the firm operates first-hand.

Summer clerkships typically run over a four to fifteen week period, although this may change depending on the firm or year.

I What does it entail?

Over the clerkship period, successful applicants will likely be able to experience the following types of work, and much more;

| Legal and factual research;

| Drafting client memos and other documents;

| Meeting with lawyers, clients and attending court; and

| Organising case files.

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Successful applicants will undertake formal rotations in a

Some of these may include;

| Public law;

| Family law;

| Dispute resolution;

| Commercial law;

| Corporate, mergers and acquisitions;

| Environment and planning;

| Intellectual property; and

| Pro bono.

I Why are they important? If you’re hoping to secure a graduate position at a law firm, completing a clerkship is often the critical first step.

Typically, firms will present priority offers for graduate positions to those who have completed any given firm’s clerkship program. Market offers may also be offered publicly, but this is less common.

Most importantly, clerkships provide participants with the opportunity to learn invaluable skills and gain exposure to the legal field around them. They are also a great way to

network with and learn from those within the industry whose careers are already established.

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Clerkship Guide 2018 I Who can apply? Clerkships are typically only available to students in their penultimate year of studies.

I How to apply.

Most firms will advertise their clerkships in the careers sections of their respective websites. Otherwise, you can typically find a number of these on websites like LegalVitae (legalvitae.com.au).

I Make an informed choice, but don’t be too fussy.

It is important to make an informed choice about the particular clerkships for which you apply. Ensure the particular firm is right for you and whether you can see yourself continuing to work for the firm in the future. Consider the areas of law practiced, the firm’s principles and its position in the wider community - ask yourself whether or not it is somewhere you’d love to work.

The application process is generally very competitive, law firms may receive hundreds of clerkship applications, so don’t limit yourself to your top choice only.

I The application process.

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Like most graduate related programs, the application process for a clerkship will generally include;

| A written application;

| Online testing;

| Interviews;

| The offer; and

| Networking events.

Specific requirements for individual firms can be found on their respective websites.

It’s also a great idea to direct any questions you may have to the firm’s graduate team who manage the application and recruitment process.

Most importantly, don’t feel daunted by the process, give it your all and you may be surprised about what you’re able to achieve.

I Key dates.

The Law Society of NSW governs the key dates of clerkship programs in the ACT and NSW, For 2018, these are;

| Monday 18 June 2018 Applications for summer clerkships open.

| Sunday 15 July 2018

Applications for summer clerkships close at 5.00PM. | Wednesday 26 September 2018

Offers for summer clerkships can be made.

| Friday 28 September 2018 Offers for summer clerkships must be accepted or declined by 5.00PM.


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III ALUMNUS FEATURE
 Who: Christen Wallner

Degree: Bachelor or Communications in Media and Public Affairs / Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Graduated: 2017

Year Clerkship Completed: 2016 / 2017

Clerkship Rotations: Dispute Resolution, Secondment to the Department of Human Services HR and IR Legal Team and Insurance and Corporate Risk

Current Position: Graduate

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Why did you decide to apply for a clerkship, as opposed to pursuing other avenues?

Throughout my degree I worked at various law firms in Canberra, boutique, mid-tier and top tier, all of which specialise in different areas – so I was very certain that I wanted to pursue a career in Law and, more specifically, a career in commercial law, which is what clerkships ultimately offer. Given that my most recent job was with MinterEllison, who have an excellent clerkship program, applying for the clerkship program allowed me to experience different practice groups within the firm and I was able to continue working for an organisation I was very happy with.

What did you consider when researching firms prior to application, and how did you choose your firm?

I think I’m unique in this regard in that I was already employed by

MinterEllison when I applied to the clerkship program, and while I did consider applying to other firms, I ultimately chose to focus on the company that I was already working for. In saying that, I have found that the best way to ‘research’ law firms and what they can offer you is to utilise your connections, especially from university, and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask what their experiences have been like.

Do you have any advice for students entering the application process?

(1) My first bit of advice would be, ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’, so first and foremost apply. Clerkships are an amazing opportunity to get your foot in the door in an area of practice that is otherwise very difficult for graduates to enter.

(2) For me, one of the most important aspects to an organisation is its culture. In a field where you have so

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Clerkship Guide 2018 many contact hours with the people and team you work with, it is so important that in whichever workplace you choose that there is a culture that you can relate to, are comfortable in, and feel a part of. Talk to people who have been through the clerkship process or who have worked in commercial law firms, read about the firms on their websites (but steer clear of online doomsday forums, such as Whirlpool), look-up lawyers who you admire or who work in an area you’re interested in, and choose a handful of firms that you feel would be a good fit for you. Once you’ve found a handful, focus on those applications - they take a very long time to complete and it’s obvious when someone isn’t invested in working for that specific firm. Attention to detail is everything, in the clerkship process and your career generally.

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(3) Finally, and most importantly, working in a commercial law firm is not the be-all and end-all of your career as a successful professional and it isn’t your only shot at working in commercial law – don’t be discouraged.

What areas of law were you exposed to during the clerkship?

During my clerkship I worked in our Dispute Resolution team which is a commercial litigation team, I did a secondment to the Department of Human Services’ HR/IR Employment Law team which was excellent insight into government processes and procedures, and I worked in our Insurance and Corporate Risk team in which I worked on statutory insurance schemes and professional indemnity matters.

What particular tasks did you carry out, and what was the most interesting? The great thing about the MinterEllison Canberra office is that it is a top-tier law firm with a small office feel, meaning that you are exposed to a lot more of the day-today running of matters. You have the opportunity to prepare advices and Court documents as well as attend Court and settlement conferences.  I also had the opportunity to work with a long standing client, DHS, which gave me a greater insight into how our client works and consequently, what they expect from us.

Did you find completing the clerkship benefitted and assisted you in your final year of studies, and if so, how?

Working and studying simultaneously absolutely assists you in your studies. Work experience, particularly relevant work experience, brings an element of context to the theoretical framework that University gives you, enabling you to have a deeper understanding of that content.

Was the clerkship simply a professional endeavour, or was there also a social element to the experience?

There’s definitely a social element to the clerkship experience. You go through the process with a cohort of other clerks and it’s very collegiate in that sense. You also have the opportunity to build your professional network with the other lawyers and staff members that you will work with.

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You’re now working as a graduate at MinterEllison, how have you found the clerkship experience prepared you for this role? Again, I think my experience is a bit unique on this point as I already worked for MinterEllison. For me, the clerkship experience enabled me to get to know my peers, being the other clerks, now grads, and who, wherever we end up or whatever we end up doing, I will likely stay in touch with.

Do you have any closing advice for University of Canberra law and justice students generally?

I think one of the most significant challenges for University students these days is that it simply isn’t enough to have a degree and a good

transcript in order to make the transition to work easier. Professional experience during your studies is really valued by potential employers I think this is especially true for law students (given the enrolment numbers and how competitive work in law is). In saying that, there are so many amazing opportunities available for law students to get practical, professional experience, provided that you are proactive about seeking out, and taking advantage of those opportunities, and are willing to do work that may not always inspire you, or that might be different to the work you envisaged when you were applying to University.  Take advantage of the opportunities that are out there and it might lead you down a path to a career that you love.


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IV ISAACS RECOMMENDS I Your résumé.

You may be a great person, but if you don’t look good on paper, you’re not getting an interview. Your resume is critical to your success in applying for work, so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you.

effectively manage your time or highlight your strong work ethic.

I Research the employer.

Find out what the firm stands for, their principles and the kind of work they do. The more you know, the better you can tailor your resume to fit in with how their teams operate.

I Keep it succinct and relevant.

I Network.

Employers are busy and they often receive a great number of applications for any given position. Succinct communication is key. No partner is going to have the time to read every single thing you write especially when they have another 20 resumes to read before their next meeting. Prioritise what’s truly relevant.

The best way to get ahead of other applicants in the race to an interview is to get to know your potential employer before they look through the mountain of resumes. Attend Isaacs events and bring an enthusiastic attitude. Employers are far more likely to remember students who go out of their way to leave a good impression.

I Present non-legal experience in a way in which a law firm will find useful.

I Have someone proof-read your résumé.

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Retail? Hospitality? Don’t worry, we all started somewhere! Use your non-legal experience to highlight your diverse skills and talents. For instance, you may have developed incredible customer service skills, can demonstrate the ability to

Attention to detail is fundamentally important, and prospective employers will typically not accept applications which contain spelling or grammatical errors. It’s important to take care.

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I Your interview.

The idea of an interview may be daunting, however, with the right preparation and mindset, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a few tips that may be of use in preparing your application.

- Use open and confident body language

4. Be on time

- Allow yourself enough time to arrive and compose yourself before the interview

I Tips

I Potential Questions

1. Do your research

Why would you like to become a lawyer?

- Research the firm, know their -

history and understand the work they do

Consider how your attributes align with those of the firm

2. Prepare

- Prepare a list of questions -

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likely to be asked, and prepare answers to those questions

Prepare a list of questions that you’d like to ask about the position and the firm

Practice your interview with a friend

Provide copies of any application material required, including proof of qualifications and identification.

Know where the interview is being conducted

What motivates you to to join our team? Why would you be an asset to our organisation? What sets you apart from other candidates applying for this role? What area of law interests you, and why? What’s a particular legal issue that you’re interested in? Provide examples of your ability to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines. Do you have any interests or hobbies? How do you effectively balance work and life commitments?

3. Look the part

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- Wear suitable clothing

- Have a tidy appearance

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I Extra resources. I LegalVitae https://legalvitae.com.au LegalVitae is the Law Society of New South Wales’ jobs portal, where many clerkship opportunities are listed.

I cvMail https://www.cvmail.com.au/ user/appman/main.cfm? rcd=96368&srxksl=1 A law student portal offering erecruitment services. I ACT Law Society https:// www.actlawsociety.asn.au

InsideSherpa offers firm sponsored virtual internships and experience programs.

I Law Society of NSW https://www.lawsociety.com.au

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I InsideSherpa https://www.insidesherpa.com

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Staying true to your direction is what defines Clayton Utz. We’ve built a culture that’s unlike any other law firm, but don’t just take our word for it. A good lawyer needs compelling evidence so meet our people and judge for yourself. claytonutz.com/graduates

Academic brilliance certainly counts, but graduates who thrive here have something extra – a natural passion for connecting with people and a strong sense of self. That’s what staying true is all about. If you have these qualities, Clayton Utz is for you.


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V STUDENT EXPERIENCE Who: Bronte Carlin

Degree: Bachelor of Laws

Year Clerkship Completed: 2017 / 2018

Clerkship Rotations: Dispute Resolution, Projects and Real Estate

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Why did you decide to apply for a clerkship, as opposed to pursuing other avenues?

I had considered pursuing other avenues, however, realised that many of these would require me to choose just one area of the law. As I was unsure what area of law I wanted to practise in (or if I wanted to practise at all), the clerkship offered me a way to gain an insight into several areas of law as well as what it is like to work in a large law firm.

What did you consider when researching firms prior to application, and how did you choose your firm?

I mainly looked for firms which had values similar to my own and which had a good reputation both locally and nationally. I found I was primarily drawn to firms that place the client at the centre of their work, and which value their people and encourage collaboration. I also focused on firms which had a comprehensive and organised clerkship program which would enable me to get the most of out the experience and figure out whether I enjoyed working in commercial law as well as in a large firm.

Do you have any advice for students entering the application process?

I have two pieces of advice.

My first is that you should never not apply to a firm just because you don’t think you are good enough – you are. My second, and most important, piece of advice is to be yourself! Throughout the whole applications process, including interviews and networking events, I had a lot of selfdoubt and felt a lot of pressure to look, do and say all the ‘right’ things. In the end though, I found the more I was myself and natural, the easier the process was and the more I was able to gauge which firm was right for me. It also meant that when the offers came out, I knew they liked me for me!

I also think it is important to remember that you are likely to be working closely with the people who you meet throughout the process, including those who interview you. It’s easy to forget that the clerkship process is as much about you getting to know the firm as it is for the firm to get to know you, so ask lots of questions and make sure the firm is right for you.

What areas of law were you exposed to during the clerkship?

I did two clerkship rotations through the Projects and Real Estate team and the Dispute Resolution team at King &

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Clerkship Guide 2018 Wood Mallesons. I was exposed to a broad range of areas of law within both teams. For example, in Projects and Real Estate I was involved in a number of matters dealing with, for example, contaminated sites and other environmental issues, aged care facilities, liquor licensing, and the sale of a business. In Dispute Resolution I was involved in a number of matters dealing with, for example, insurance claims, workers’ compensation claims, and negligence claims.

What particular tasks did you carry out, and what was the most interesting? Legal research was a common task I was required to carry out and often involved complex and interesting topics of the law which I had not been exposed to. Once I had found the answer or formed an opinion, I would then be required to either draft the results of the research into a memo to the client or discuss the results with the Associate or Partner who had given the task. I was also required to review contracts (or parts of contracts), review statements of claim, and draft a number of documents including advice to clients, letters and memos. I also attended several client meetings as well as a mediation.

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More specifically, the task I found most interesting was drafting a detailed memo to a client regarding the environmental implications of buying and developing a particular area of land. The environmental issues involved were complex and required extensive research, but both enabled me to gain a better understanding of environmental law, while also

providing the client with the information they needed to make informed decisions going forward.

Have you find completing the clerkship has benefitted and assisted you in your studies, and if so, how?

The clerkship was hugely beneficial for my final year of studies for so many reasons! As part of the induction week at King & Wood Mallesons, we undertook several introductory sessions including one for ‘how to write a good memo’. This has improved not only my ability to, obviously, write a good memo but also to answer problem solving questions in a succinct, yet detailed way. In our studies, we are also often required to write a response or provide advice to a certain person or client, and the clerkship has given me some practical skills for providing such advice in a way that is actually relevant and useful for the client.

Was the clerkship simply a professional endeavour, or was there also a social element to the experience?

The King & Wood Mallesons clerkship had a large social element to it. As the clerkship took place over the summer, all of the clerks were invited to the King & Wood Mallesons Christmas party as well as the Christmas party of the particular team you were involved in. There were also several entire-firm morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas, as well as plenty of opportunities to catch up for a coffee or have a chat over lunch. There were also some clerk-only events such as lunch with the Partners of King & Wood

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Do you have any closing advice for University of Canberra law and justice students generally?

part of getting your foot in the door with employers, it isn’t everything! Work hard but also enjoy the University experience and the friends you make. You will most likely be working with them throughout your career!

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While good marks are an important

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VI FIRMS
 See the following pages relating to opportunities with the following Isaacs Law Society sponsor firms;

| Contact Sarah Pinczewski Graduate Resourcing Consultant, Sydney and Canberra

spinczewski@claytonutz.com

+61 2 9353 5477

| Contact Bonnie Robinson People & Development Coordinator, Canberra

bonnie.robinson@au.kwm.com

+61 2 6217 6751

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| Contact Gill Morphett Talent Business Partner

gill.morphett@minterellison.com

+61 2 6225 3270

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| Website https:// graduates.claytonutz.com/

| Office Locations Clayton Utz has offices in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin. We offer clerkships in all our offices except Darwin.

| Areas of Legal Practice Clayton Utz has 15 national practice groups: Banking & Financial Services, Commercial Litigation, Competition, Corporate/ M&A, Environment and Planning, Forensic and Technology Services, Insurance, IP and Technology, Major Projects, Public Sector / Government Services, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency, Tax, Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety and Pro Bono.

| About Clayton Utz

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1. Clayton Utz's People Clayton Utz is Australia's leading commercial and pro bono law firm, with 173 partners and over 1,400 employees across six offices. We have a reputation for standing out and for being outstanding - with confident, innovative and incisive legal advice, and an unshakeable sense of what's possible for our clients and our people.

2. What Specific Qualities Does the Firm Look for in Potential Clerk? Clayton Utz employs people with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, interests and competencies. We look for people who can contribute new ideas and who take a creative approach to solving problems. We look for people who are:

| Flexible, and can stay effective while adjusting to a changing work environment;

| Excited by learning, and actively seek new ideas and different perspectives;

| Adept at building relationships with peers and clients to achieve goals;

| Focused on results and can drive a task or project through to completion.

We're looking for people who are personable, practical, commercially-savvy, as well as flexible. Our lawyers undertake complex and innovative legal work, so it's important that our clerks and graduates are motivated individuals who aren’t afraid of a challenge.

We are also interested in learning more about your outside interests. You need to be able to balance your professional and personal lives, and have fun!

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3. Are there any international secondment opportunities at Clayton Utz? We have formal and informal international placement programs with various leading law firms around the world that see Clayton Utz lawyers living and working in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Our Japanese exchange program with leading Japanese law firms and trading houses involves extended secondments both to and from Japan for graduates and lawyers. Listen to Isobelle's story on our website story to hear more about international placements at CU.

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4. What’s Clayton Utz doing about gender equality in the workplace? Plenty! Gender is recognised as a priority area under the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy.  Our approach is multifaceted and includes maintaining its WGEA Employer of Choice status (EOCGE citation); running our highly regarded "Momentum" program (a national initiative focused on women); promoting flexible work practices; setting gender KPIs for our people and setting (and achieving) gender targets. Listen to Sonia's story on our website to hear more about flexibility at CU.

5. Is there support for the LGBTI community at Clayton Utz? Yes, and it continues to grow in strength! The "LGBTI Alliance" (our LGBTI program) is an essential part of our diversity agenda and is actively promoted by our Chief Executive Partner.  It's about encouraging an environment that maximises opportunities for our people to achieve business success and career satisfaction regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.  The role and activities of the LGBTI Alliance are focused around fostering an LGBTI inclusive culture within the Firm, connecting with the broader LGBTI community, developing internal policies, training and education.  Listen to Luke's story on our website to hear more about our LGBTI Alliance. 6. What is Unique About this Firm’s Culture? Clayton Utz was named among the ten leading pro bono firms in the world in the inaugural Who's Who Legal Global Pro Bono Survey. The survey recognises firms that are leading the way in their pro bono contributions, levels of participation and efforts to institutionalise pro bono work.

Pro bono is a fundamental part of Clayton Utz.

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Clayton Utz is serious about pro bono best practice. We were the first large Australian law firm to establish an in-house pro bono practice; the first to appoint a fulltime pro bono partner; and the first to sign the National Pro Bono Target. Since 1997, our commitment to pro bono has helped to shape what it means to be a leading Australian law firm.

In 2015, we became the first law firm in Australia to provide 500,000 hours of pro bono assistance (and counting).

We have achieved this by focusing on our clients' needs; collaborating with the legal assistance sector and other pro bono colleagues; and making pro bono work part of each of our lawyers' everyday practice.

7. How does Clayton Utz give back to the community? The law is what we do, but our community is part of who we are.

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We understand that we are part of the wider Australian community and legal profession, and we have set serious goals to assist us in addressing disadvantage and support access to justice in the communities in which we live and work.

Partners and employees have direct involvement with charities across Australia by volunteering and fundraising through Community Connect. This has enabled us to participate in numerous activities, with our Community Partners, including climbing mountains with children with Cerebral Palsy, holding mock job interviews in schools and setting up mobile libraries for people living on the streets.

We are committed, through our Reconciliation Action Plan, to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to create positive and lasting change, and to reducing inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians in the areas of access to justice, education and access to support services. 

We promote Environmental Sustainability through initiatives that assist us to understand our impacts and incorporate sustainability into our decisionmaking.

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| Clerkship Opening and Closing Dates

Canberra & Sydney Applications open: 18 June 2018

Applications close: 15 July 2018

Offers made: 26 September 2018

Offers must be accepted/declined: 28 September 2018

Melbourne Applications open: 9:00am, 9 July 2018

Applications close: 12 August 2018

Offers made: 10:00am, 18 October 2018

Offers must be accepted/declined: 2:00pm, 18 October 2018

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Perth Applications open: 16 July 2018

Applications close: 5 August 2018

Offers made: 9.00am, 21 September 2018

Offers must be accepted/declined: 1.00pm, 21 September 2018

Canberra & Sydney Clerkship Intake 26 November 2018 – 8 February 2019

Melbourne Summer: 19 November 2018 – 14 December 2018

Winter: 24 June 2019 – 19 July 2019

Perth Summer 1 - 26 November 2018 21 December 2018

Summer 2 - 28 January 2019 - 22 February 2019

Winter - 24 June 2019 - 19 July 2019

Brisbane (applications closed): Winter: 25 June 2018 - 20 July 2018

Spring: 20 August 2018 - 14 September 2018

Summer: 19 November 2018 - 14 December 2018

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STAY TRUE.

Staying true to your direction is what defines Clayton Utz. We’ve built a culture that’s unlike any other law firm, but don’t just take our word for it. A good lawyer needs compelling evidence so meet our people and judge for yourself. claytonutz.com/graduates

Academic brilliance certainly counts, but graduates who thrive here have something extra – a natural passion for connecting with people and a strong sense of self. That’s what staying true is all about. If you have these qualities, Clayton Utz is for you.


CLERKSHIP PROGRAM If you’re a law student in your penultimate year, our Clerkship Programs will expose you to the fast pace of a full-service commercial law firm and show you the law in action. You’ll be working under the guidance of some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia, on challenging, complex and high-profile transactions and matters. You’ll be mentored by partners and lawyers who are leaders in their fields, in a firm where individuality is embraced and innovation actively encouraged.

GRADUATE PROGRAM It’s not just about wearing a suit. There’s always a gap between theory and practice, and post-university prospects can be daunting. How do you make the leap to working in the industry?

That’s where we come in. Once you’ve completed your studies, our national Graduate Program gives you the perfect foundation for your legal career. Our 2.5 week orientation program is designed to ensure that you’ll hit the ground running. It consists of PLT+, local training and a national orientation week in Sydney. Our rotations will help you discover different areas and find the right fit. From day one you’ll be working on complex and sophisticated legal issues, and with our innovative learning and development approach, you’ll get the support to become the best you can be.

You’ll get… • Three rotations of six months in our national practice groups • continuing legal education programs and professional development support • mentoring from some of the best lawyers in the country • the chance to participate in our Community Connect and Pro Bono programs and really give back • meaningful performance feedback so you know you’re on • social and sporting activities, because we know it’s not the right track all work and no play. • a buddy who’ll give you the inside information

We hire most of our Graduates from our Clerkship Programs. Occasionally, additional opportunities may arise. These opportunities will be listed on our website.


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| Website www.kwm.com/en

| Office Locations Offering Clerkships Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

| Areas of Legal Practice King & Wood Mallesons offers a number of market-leading practice teams including; Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects & Real Estate and Taxation.

| About King & Wood Mallesons

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1. Domestic and International Student Eligibility

We accept applications from penultimate year students and beyond (i.e. applications from final year students will be considered). All applicants must hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency. If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you must hold all visas and other approvals necessary for you to work for the firm on a full-time permanent basis.

 

2. Application Process

The application process for Canberra involves submitting

an academic transcript and answering a few short questions and a short task. We review all online applications carefully, before selecting candidates for interview. Our interview process occurs in two stages and you will also be invited to events during the recruitment process.

3. Clerkship Dates Approximately November 2018 – February 2019

4. Clerkship Intake Applications open Monday 18 June 2018 and close at 11.59pm Sunday 15 July 2018

  5. What makes a student stand out to King & Wood Mallesons during the application process?

Our people are what makes the firm great. We are looking for the next generation of lawyers who are innovative, adaptive and strives for excellence, therefore we recruit broadly and not to a set formula. It’s important to get to know the real you during the recruitment process. Here are some practical tips and information to stand out:

•       Make it real – give us a sense of who you are, what you’ve achieved and what

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you’re about

•       Use clear and plain English.  Be succinct.  It’s the first time KWM gets to see your written communication 

•       Use practical examples avoid generalising

•       Answer the question – don’t go off on a tangent  

•       Avoid repeating yourself

•       Start early and give yourself time to work out what you want to say  

What strengths and values does King & Wood Mallesons look for in a potential clerk?

We recruit high achieving, client centric, learning agile people with an international perspective. We understand that technical excellence is only one success factor.

We value a range of skills in our employees and recognise that a diversity of strengths leads to best results. We are looking for people who have an intellectual curiosity and are intrinsically motivated. Excellent marks are not necessarily a predictor of career success.

•         Are you empathetic? Can you stand in the shoes of our client and experience the problem from their perspective?

•         Is it more important to you to admire the problem or are you most interested in providing a

practical, efficient and commercially sound solution?

•         Are you traditional and risk averse or are you excited by a changing and fluid work environment?

•         When you think about your career are you only focused on Australia, or do you appreciate that Australia’s closest neighbours are the new power houses of the global economy?

We believe in team work and the ‘Power of Together’. We are not a collection of siloed practices, but work closely across the network to pursue client opportunities. Through a high performance culture our results are realised through collaboration, innovation and engagement.

6. What is the King & Wood Mallesons’ culture? King & Wood Mallesons is a firm with a community feel with room for everyone to make their mark. Our people are the difference. Our belief in the power of together delivers the best results for our people, our clients, and the firm.

We are results orientated and have a track record of achievement and performance in life, not just in our academic

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career but beyond. We also have a strong focus on recognising and acknowledging our staff’s contribution. We are client centric and work in our clients’ worlds and partner with them to achieve their business goals.

Many graduates tell us one of the main reasons they joined the firm was the people. We work hard together but we also enjoy spending time with each other outside the office. Each centre has social and sporting committees to help organise a wide range of activities for staff to enjoy, from themed Friday night drinks to free gym memberships. We also have a multitude of sporting teams including soccer, basketball, netball and cricket.  

7. What distinguishes King & Wood Mallesons from others? Our ability to connect Asia to the world and the world to Asia, is our key differentiator. Through local connections and deep understanding of the region’s culture we are focused on opening up the world’s fastest growth region for clients. 

King & Wood Mallesons is a unique employer for a number of reasons. As the only global law firm that can practice Chinese, Hong Kong, UK, European and Australian law, we offer real depth and local connections in China.

Our Australian practice spans international, local and regional clients, focused on creating value in a real and tangible way. With an ambition to help clients to shape their business for the future – we can help you to shape your world too. That’s because our people are our future and a significant source of pride to us at KWM.

We offer more than 200 years of collective knowledge and experience, and we know that our future is in the hands of the next generation of lawyers. As such, at KWM we make your development our priority, and encourage our lawyers to be innovative and creative in meeting our clients’ challenges.

We see KWM’s innovative mind set as one of the key factors setting our firm apart in the Australian legal sector, underpinning both our client engagement strategy and firm culture. This involves empowering everyone to help identify opportunities for new revenue streams, as well as improving the way we deliver our current services. As our innovation strategy and reputation continues to develop, leading national and international organisations are increasingly turning to KWM for its pioneering solutions to complex legal problems.

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As an elite international law firm headquartered in Asia, we are reshaping the legal market by challenging our people and our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be today, tomorrow and beyond. Exceeding the expectations of our clients is a key priority, and as such the world’s leading organisations turn to us to unlock their biggest opportunities and deliver solutions to their most vexing challenges. With ambitious thinking and innovation in our DNA, we partner with our clients to bring to life pioneering solutions which will help them to adapt, reinvent and grow. We believe innovation comes from giving our people room to grow, and as such actively encourage input and ideas at all levels of the firm. Our people are encouraged to think differently and shape their own career path, supported at every step of the way, with world-class training, coaching and hands-on experience. There is no ‘one size fits all’ career model, and we offer multiple opportunities for our lawyers to gain experience and thrive. At King & Wood Mallesons we provide you with the opportunities to reimagine the law to become what you want to be. Are you ready?

KEY STATISTICS: • Most Popular Overall Law Employer in the 2018 AFR Top 100 Graduate Employers Rankings • One of the Top 100 Graduate Employers in GradAustralia’s 2018 Student Survey • Top 15 global brand* • 27 international offices; • One of the largest international legal networks in the Asia region with 500+ partners and more than 2000 lawyers; • Our clients range from a mix of global financial and corporate powerhouses through to new industry-makers and all levels of government • With an unmatched ability to practise Chinese, Hong Kong, Australian, English, US and a significant range of European laws

under one integrated legal brand, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia. *Source: 2017 Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index

REGIONAL PRESENCE The King & Wood Mallesons network extends across the following regions: • Asia Pacific (Australia, Mainland China including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore) • Europe • Middle East • North America

you’ll work closely with the partners, senior associates and solicitors in that team. It’s a hands-on role, you won’t just be watching from the sidelines. Our people have the opportunity to get involved in the many social and sporting activities that go on in the firm, as well as pro bono and volunteer work to give back to the broader community in which we work and live. Graduate Program

Applications open: 18 June 2018

We offer a unique training experience with multiple rotations and a comprehensive learning and development program for our graduates. We invest heavily in development to support graduates in fulfilling their potential.

Applications close: 15 July 2018

What you’ll learn

How to apply: Via our online application system at kwm.com/careers

The program provides a practical business foundation for junior lawyers. You’ll receive:

Our clerkships give you a clear picture of what it’s like to be a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons. You’ll get to know our people, the way we like to work, our culture, practice areas, clients and more.

• Meaningful work covering a wide range of practice areas • Client contact and an in-depth understanding of how they operate in a commercial and regulatory environment • The opportunity to work with a range of partners, senior associates and solicitors in different practice groups • A practical understanding of areas of our legal practice • A comprehensive knowledge of the firm, our technology, our resources, our processes and, of course, the people you’ll work with.

OUR PROGRAMS Seasonal Clerkship Program

During your clerkship, you’ll learn: • The day-to-day skills to get you started – taking instructions, meeting with clients, drafting memos/documents, managing your practice and professional relationships. • Our core practice teams – who they are, what they do, how they’re structured, the clients they work for, and of course, your role within them. • Our culture – you’ll be exposed to (and encouraged) to get actively involved in the many activities and events that define KWM. • Our people – you’ll find that people from every part of the business will help you along, sharing their knowledge, and ensuring you have everything you need to succeed. Clerks usually work in one or two different practice groups, depending on the length of the clerkship. You’ll be allocated a supervisor in each of your practice groups and

As part of the Graduate Program, we also offer a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course with the College of Law to our Australian Law graduates, ensuring that you meet the requirements for admission to legal practice. The program also promotes and supports the mobility of our staff across our offices by giving you the opportunity to apply to go on exchange in one of our interstate or overseas offices. Through this, you are able to access a greater choice and variety of destinations and on-the-job experience.

Asia Pacific | Europe | North America | Middle East www.kwm.com

Bonnie Robinson People & Development Coordinator, Canberra T +61 2 6217 6751 bonnie.robinson@au.kwm.com

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We are redefining what a law firm can be. Working for some of the world’s most innovative organisations, our people go beyond the law. They are inventors, designers and pioneers – translating smart ideas into groundbreaking solutions. KWM is a launchpad for endless opportunities. We want to help you think differently about yourself and the possibilities of where a career in the law might take you. WE OFFER: •

Culture of innovation, collaboration and high performance

Multiple career pathways where you can shape your future

World-class training and coaching to unleash your full potential

High impact work for the world’s leading organisations

Relationships that last a lifetime

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Activate your career. Practical Legal Training programs that better activate your career. Leading and in tune with your profession, The College of Law offers the largest range of flexible programs, all purpose-driven to ensure you have the best start to your career. • Just 5 days face-to-face learning • Onsites held at the University of Canberra • Emphasis on task-based learning • Four start dates in Canberra in 2018

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graduates.minterellison.com

| Office Locations (Australia) MinterEllison has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

| Sectors of Practice MinterEllison practices in the following sectors; Banking, Funds Management, Government, Health and Ageing, Insurance, Mining, Oil and Gas, Life Sciences, Power and Renewables, Real Estate, Social Infrastructure, Technology and Transport.

The MinterEllison Graduate Program offers opportunities in the Capital Markets and Corporate, the Risk, Regulatory, Insurance and Controversy, the Infrastructure, Construction and Property and the Consulting Solutions lines of business.

| About MinterEllison

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1. Our Client’s Best Partner MinterEllison is an international law firm, headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of the AsiaPacific's premier law firms. Our teams collaborate across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK to deliver exceptional outcomes.

We have a clear goal – to be our clients' best partner. We put the client at the centre of everything we do and partner with them to deliver truly innovative solutions.

We also think beyond the law, offering clients advisers who are multi-disciplinary and industryfacing to help them realise their strategic goals, grasp business opportunities and create value for their stakeholders.

2. Corporate Responsibility At MinterEllison we are proud of our commitment to the community. Through our community work we build community partnerships to drive social change.

Staying connected and having a positive social impact reflects our values as people and as a firm, with everyone across our diverse workforce having a role to play.

Our ongoing focus is to seek to maximise engagement with our people, our clients and our community partners to enhance our social impact.

3. Inclusion At MinterEllison, we know a workplace that leverages diversity through a culture of inclusion will deliver stronger connections with colleagues and clients and have an enhanced ability to create

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innovative solutions.

We aspire to create an inclusive, high performance culture where our people bring their whole selves to work, are at their best, and work to their strengths to provide real value for our clients and deliver a distinctive experience.

To achieve this aspiration, we commit to:

| realising 30% female partners by 2020

| realising 30% female Board membership by 2020

| embedding a culture that leverages diversity of thought

| building a diverse workforce in every sense that reflects the diversity of our clients

| being our clients' best partner in embedding LGBTI Inclusion.

4. Environment MinterEllison is committed to sound environmental practices as part of our broader commitment to corporate social responsibility, while actively seeking to minimise the negative impacts of our business on the environment.

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This commitment is demonstrated by;

| AusLSA reporting MinterEllison was the first professional services firm in Australia to participate in the annual Corporate Responsibility Index and is now a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA), an organisation bringing together law firms who share a mission to work collaboratively in promoting sustainable practices across the legal sector.

Since reporting began in 2004, we have reduced our emissions by an impressive 41%;

| Managing Our Footprint As a provider of commercial legal services, our overall environmental footprint is relatively small. Nevertheless, where possible, we aim to minimise our use, and maximise our re-use of resources, including challenging our landlords to provide green alternatives in our tenancies. We continue to seek new opportunities to improve our environmental performance and reporting progress to our clients and the wider community;

| Sustainable Recruitment; and | Social Sustainability 5. Canberra Clerkship Intake Applications open: 18 June 2018 at 9.00am

Applications close: 15 July 2018 at 5.00pm

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Key Dates Applications open 18 June 2018 Applications close 5pm 15 July 2018 Offers made 26 September 2018

Lines of Business 1. Capital Markets & Corporate 2. Risk, Regulatory, Insurance & Controversy 3. Infrastructure, Construction & Property 4. Consulting Solutions

Graduate and clerkship launch program For details on our clerkship dates and durations: graduates.minterellison.com

You should consider a career at MinterEllison if: „„Your passion for excellence leads you

to winning solutions „„Building relationships excites you – you see

yourself partnering with clients to truly understand their needs „„You’re looking for a firm with a clear strategy „„You want to feel empowered and be part of a high performing team „„Collaboration and inclusiveness are principles you value „„You’re a game changer – you think outside the box and embrace new ideas

About the MinterEllison graduate and clerkship launch program

What makes MinterEllison a Game Changer?

The MinterEllison graduate and clerkship launch program is critical to our firm for three reasons. First, the market has changed, companies don’t recognise borders the same way they used to, neither should your career. Secondly we know that graduates entering the job market today have unique career expectations – and we have listened. Lastly the future of legal practice is moving very quickly and we need to be agile to ensure we continue grow as a firm and that our talented people are able to future proof their career.

At MinterEllison our aspiration is to be our clients’ best partner. Last year, MinterEllison introduced a new internal structure whereby the firm operates under four Lines of Business. This unique and market facing structure provides opportunity for greater collaboration across the firm and ensures that we are able to seamlessly service clients with our solutions-based approach.

Prior to the launch program we will work closely with you to identify areas of the law that you are passionate about. Throughout the launch program we will ensure you gain experience in practice areas, within our Lines of Business, that match your interests and that fit with your career goals. Successful candidates get the opportunity for real life work experience, a supervising partner, career mentor, and a buddy. Our launch program is filled with challenging and exciting work, support and mentorship, as well as professional and personal growth – all the while having the opportunity to develop new networks and friendships. Candidates who complete a launch program often take on the opportunity to continue with MinterEllison in a flexible role throughout their final year of study. Following the launch program, MinterEllison graduates are able to fast-track their full time career in a Line of Business that aligns with their career objectives. MinterEllison’s agile program also provides the flexibility for graduates to move between practice areas and Lines of Business while they are looking for the area of law that they wish to pursue.

This operating model also encourages a broad career path for our people, with increased opportunities to work across multiple practice areas our lawyers have the opportunity to develop a breadth of skills that will future proof their career. MinterEllison lives and breathes the mantra of Innovate, Collaborate, and Inspire; we think beyond the law and apply a commercial approach and creative thinking to some of the region’s most high-profile transactions, projects and disputes.

Your contact Gill Morphett gill.morphett@minterellison.com Level 3, 25 National Circuit Forrest Canberra 2603


Describe a successful MinterEllison candidate At MinterEllison we are not looking for people to fit a mould. Academics are just one piece of the puzzle, and we recognise the strength that diversity can bring to a team. Work experience, extra-curricular activities, sporting participation, music and travel are all important qualities to us. At MinterEllison we want you to bring your whole self to work, individual strengths and diversity is what builds our teams up to be the successes they are. For MinterEllison, an outstanding applicant will know their application inside and out and be confident in their responses. They need to have considered what business acumen means for them and be able to provide real life examples to the questions with which they are presented. A strong applicant has a desire to get to know, not just the business, but also the people at the firm, why they are there, and what they enjoy about MinterEllison.

What can a successful candidate expect at MinterEllison?

How does the firm support continuous personal and professional growth?

Be more than just a technically excellent lawyer

At MinterEllison, your ongoing professional development is key to being our clients’ best partner. We have a distinctive learning culture, where all of our people are encouraged to be their own career architect – learning through experience, exposure to others and program participation.

MinterEllison is committed to providing you with the tools to become a top-tier lawyer. You will be empowered to become a technical thinker and truly commercial advisor, enabling you to utilise your business acumen every time you interact with clients.

Achieve early success through fast tracked career opportunities At MinterEllison we understand that our people are our greatest asset. We have invested heavily in understanding how best to capitalise on the unique and diverse range of expertise that our people bring to the firm and have designed a range a development programs to help you accelerate your career.

Become your clients’ best partner By empowering you to work outside the office, you will have genuine opportunities to work hand in glove with clients, and build enduring relationships both locally and internationally.

Create innovative solutions for clients With our solution focus, we understand that all of our clients have a unique business and to solve their problems in real time we need to be innovative in everything that we do. You will be challenged to think outside the box by a firm that embraces new ideas.

Gain broad exposure through a flexible graduate program We are committed to ensuring that you have the all the information you need to make the right decision about where to focus your career. Our program is designed to give you the critical experiences necessary to become a well-rounded lawyer..

During your career with us you will be exposed to great work with top-class clients whilst being surrounded by supportive teams who are experts in their fields. This experience and exposure provides you with a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop yourself and others throughout your career. Our milestone programs target Graduates, Associates and Senior Associates. All programs offer current thought leadership, focused capability development and networking. Our learning offer is tailored to ensure our people realise their potential, think like leaders and take responsibility for building their own careers. All development is focused around our MinterEllison career framework and development guides.

What is the firm’s position on diversity and inclusion? We believe diversity is about creating a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity regardless of background, ethnicity, disability, gender, faith, sexual orientation or family structures. Diversity and inclusiveness are at the core of our values and we firmly believe our people should be able to bring their whole self to work. We are committed to leveraging the advantage of a diverse and inclusive workforce and actively promote an inclusive work culture through our Empower Program, our Pride Respect & Inclusion at MinterEllison (PRiME) network as well as numerous internal training sessions and related resources.


What is the firm’s position on work/life balance? Flexible work practices We support a range of flexible working arrangements, including part-time, job-sharing, variable start and finish times, and work from home. We also offer unpaid leave for special requirements not covered by our usual leave policies. Typically this may cover study, overseas work experience, judges associateships and personal emergencies.

Health and wellbeing „„Free gym memberships. „„Discounted corporate health insurance with four leading providers. „„Subsidised in-house massage in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

„„Free annual influenza vaccination clinic on the premises. „„Free health, wellbeing & lifestyle sessions presented by health professionals and providers on an array of topics. „„Free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing confidential counselling service for employees and their immediate family on work or family related issues. „„Free Personal Health Optimiser (PHO) online service that looks at, monitors, and records various aspects of individual long term health and wellbeing. „„Free, healthy and delicious after-hours meals cooked by our in-house chefs.

What is the firm’s approach to community investment and pro bono work? At MinterEllison our people take immense pride in contributing to the communities in which we live and work. The focus areas of our community work is driven by our people who have driven our efforts towards breaking cycles of disadvantage – especially for young people; people experiencing homelessness and poverty; and those who require access to justice. Our community partnerships ensure that resources are targeted effectively where assistance is most needed, with our contribution including pro bono legal work, staff volunteer hours, in-kind support and community grants.

Some of our community initiatives include: „„Strong local pro bono practices and a national commitment to Legal Clinics in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. „„Charity morning teas to raise money for organisations including World Vision, Kids Help Line, Jeans for Genes and the Cancer Council. „„Regular blood donation drives. „„MatchME staff donation program that enables staff to donate directly from their pre-tax pay to a charity. The firm matches dollar for dollar every contribution made, donating up to $120,000 annually. „„World Vision sponsorship of children by our staff through automatic payroll deductions. „„Non-legal volunteering opportunities, including student mentoring partnerships with government schools, through our membership of the Australian Business and Community Network. In Hong Kong we also have an active school-based volunteering program.

Each year MinterEllison delivers around 30,000 pro bono hours to the community – a reflection of our commitment to make the justice system more accessible. This equates to an average of 39 hours of free legal work per lawyer – exceeding the 35 hour industry benchmark set by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. More than 75 per cent of our lawyers perform pro bono work on a voluntary basis in any given year.


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Hands-on learning Practical, task-based and hands-on, our program ensures that you will transition into the workforce successfully. You will learn through everyday scenarios that parallel real-life practice such as drafting an affidavit or preparing a statement of claim.

Aligned with the legal industry Developed in close consultation with employers, our program includes the communication, leadership, time management and client relationship skills that will ensure you have the profile that is more attractive to employers. Nine of Australia’s top ten law firms have chosen The College of Law to prepare their graduates to enter the profession.

Lecturer support Passionate and experienced legal practitioners will support you throughout the program. You will have regular one-on-one contact with your lecturers who will provide advice and feedback via email, phone or via our online learning portal.

Leading provider The College of Law has been at the forefront of practical legal education since 1974 and over 60,000 of our graduates now work across all facets of our industries. Innovative and forward thinking, The College of Law has proven to be one the most trusted names in legal training.

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