SEASONAL CLERKSHIP GUIDE 2018
DEAKIN LAW STUDENTSâ€™ SOCIETY
SEASONAL CLERKSHIP GUIDE 2018 DEAKIN LAW STUDENTSâ€™ SOCIETY
Deakin University Australia
Editorâ€™s Thank you The DLSS Commercial Careers portfolio would like to thank all of those who contributed to the production of the 2018 Seasonal Clerkship Guide. Through the contribution of information and sponsorship, this publication is a testament to their hard work and would not have been possible without them. Editor-in-chief Phoebe Chorin Managing editor Nick McConville Editors Munir Abdulwadud Lachlan Morgan Designer Lisa Lipshut Designs Print Impact Digital Pty Ltd
The Deakin Law Studentsâ€™ Society would like to thank its sponsors for their contributions and generous support in making this publication possible
Contents 7 13 35 49
Introduction Admission Application
Introduction Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Seasonal Clerkship Guide, a publication that seeks to equip prospective students with comprehensive information that will assist in navigating the clerkship process and the challenges associated. A clerkship is a paid placement at a firm spanning three to four weeks and is generally run at the end of the year or during the mid-year university break. This placement serves two primary purposes; the first is to provide prospective law graduates with practical commercial law experience, of which will allow them to discover whether the industry is a viable career path. The second is that firms use the clerkship program to assess which students are able to excel in the firm’s culture and demonstrate that they are graduate lawyer material. Accordingly, a clerkship is the gateway into commercial law, with most firms recruiting graduates exclusively from their clerkship pool. Considering the value of the clerkship program outlined above, it is no secret that the competition will be immense and each student applying will need to ensure they commit to preparing thoroughly for the process if they wish to succeed. This issue is further exacerbated by the growth of law schools throughout Victoria, which have further increased demand of clerkship positions over the previous five years. In order to differentiate the large volume of candidates, firms will take a range of factors into consideration including, grades, work experience, extra curricular activities, aptitude tests and personality. Yet, despite this diverse range of factors, the large number of applications received by firms mean that even the smallest detail may be the difference in an interview or a rejection - be sure to pay attention to detail. However, do not be deterred. According to Thomson Reuters and Melbourne Law School’s ‘State of the Legal Market Report 2017’, overall the commercial law market is experiencing positive economic conditions that have seen growth in the industry. This indicates that firms may be more likely to increase this year’s clerkship and graduate intakes and so I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these conditions while you still can. According to the Deakin Business and Law Graduate Outcomes Division, students from Monash have over 25% more applications than Deakin students to leading firms. When meeting with law firms, this trend has been confirmed and raised as an issue that needs to be addressed. Deakin students are simply not applying for clerkships as much as they should. Regardless of what you think your chances are, the potential benefits of applying far exceed the burden of preparing applications. Use the process as an opportunity to test yourself and discover where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from the HR representative if you are unsuccessful. According to the Law Institute of Victoria, law graduates are in high demand across a range of different sectors and so refining your skills in marketing your employability throughout the tough clerkship process will further increase your likely success in the future.
Many of you reading this have probably heard that no matter what the calibre of student, whether they receive a clerkship is down to luck. I agree, luck is a phenomenon that occurs when preparation meets opportunity. You can start your preparation with this guide and your opportunity to apply will come on 9 July 2018. Trust in your abilities and think of this period as vital professional development for whatever you seek to achieve. I wish you all the best for your clerkship endeavours. Nick McConville Director of Commercial Careers Deakin Law Students’ Society
Foreword Welcome to the DLSS Seasonal Clerkship Guide for 2018. Deakin Law School is privileged to have the sponsorship and support of an outstanding cohort of legal firms, many of which have employed our graduates and all of which have encouraged and worked with our students in their quest to succeed in their career aspirations to be the best lawyers they can be. Thanks also to the Deakin Law School Students’ Commercial Careers Team who have worked so hard to produce this Guide for the benefit of their peers. As a prospective graduate of Deakin Law School, I encourage you to use this Guide to access the support and wisdom of those who have trodden the employment path before you. It can be tough getting a clerkship and you may not get one when you first apply. Don’t give up. A clerkship will show you how law firms operate, introduce you to the fascination of law in practice, and help you apply your theoretical knowledge in real world situations. How do you get a clerkship? This Guide is the commencement to your clerkship journey. Use it as a resource. Treat your application as a research project – find out all you can about the firms you are applying for so you can speak to the areas of practice in which they are engaged. That said, all internships are good training irrespective of the legal areas in which you work, but you will be more valuable to the firm where you are working in an area that you have already studied in. There is always a tension as to how you might spend your working time whilst at University. The advantages of a clerkship are that it will: • help guide you as to the areas in which you wish ultimately to practice, whether that is in a law firm, government or a broader industry sector. • introduce you to experienced practitioners with whom you can informally discuss your career aspirations • assist you, in all sorts of ways, in adjusting to a working environment including some of the more intangible requirements like dress codes, punctuality and attendance requirements and everything else that goes with being an attractive potential employee. There are many pressure on your time, so why try for clerkships? Clerkships are often used by law firms as a means of trialling prospective employees. You get the experience of the firm while they get to look at you both in terms of your legal training and also in terms of how you engage with other members of the team, how independently resourceful you are and how quickly you learn the ways the firm does its business and engages with clients. You might learn that something you didn’t really enjoy studying is actually a great career opportunity. The converse is also true. Use a clerkship to see if the experience supports what you want to do with your law degree.
Clerkships are hard to get You will not always get the clerkship you want; indeed you may not get one at all. That can be very disheartening but try to use a rejection as a learning experience. What could you have done better in the application? What feedback (if any) did you get that may be useful for another application? Try a different sort of law firm – smaller, suburban, specialist. Try to get experience in a government department or in industry. You may find a different career path or that experience will help you for another clerkship application. Be strategic in your approach We know it is competitive so do your best to stand out in a positive way. Little things, like: • • • • • •
Addressing your application to the right person in the firm (never ever address anything “To Whom it may concern”) Make sure your application has no errors Keep it short and specific to the clerkship for which you are applying Spend time customising your applications Start the process with enough time to do all the above – remember, you are researching your career If you get an interview, err on presenting yourself conservatively. While dress codes in firms have relaxed a bit in recent years, it is always more respectful of the interview process to err on the side of more conservative dressing.
Deakin Law School and Deakin University more generally, want you to succeed. There are many support services within the university that you can access to support your career opportunities. Use them and use your Law Student Society’s expertise also. Be confident that your Deakin Law degree gives you practical experiences that will be valuable in your employment. Take every opportunity that comes your way to improve your skills, both at university and in the clerkship and graduate market. If the experience offered is not actually what you might want, treat it as a stepping stone on the way. Best wishes in the journey. Jenni Prof Jenni Lightowlers Dean Deakin Law School
Student to lawyer
LAW DEGREE SEASONAL CLERKSHIP
PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING
(SUPERVISED WORKPLACE TRAINING)
(GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF LEGAL PRACTICE)
Admission to practice requirements in Australian states Victoria Requires a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). Graduates then must complete Practical Legal Training (‘PLT’) in the form of Supervised Legal Training or a Practical Legal Training Course by approved providers. Graduates who have successfully completed their PLT must then lodge an application for a Compliance Certificate and the Victorian Legal Admissions Board must be satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to be admitted to practice. Finally, in order to be admitted a person must attend an admission ceremony in the Supreme Court of Victoria where they will take and sign the Oath and sign the Roll. Once admitted, a person may apply to the Victorian Legal Services Board for a Practising Certificate. A person must hold a current Practising Certificate to practise law in Australia. lawadmissions.vic.gov.au/home/admission+requirements/ New South Wales Requires a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). Graduates then must complete PLT in the form of Supervised Legal Training or a Practical Legal Training Course by approved providers. Graduates who have successfully completed their PLT must then lodge an application for admission and then take and sign the Oath and sign the Roll of Australian Lawyers at admission day at the Supreme Court of New South Wales where they will receive their Certificate of Admission. After being admitted, a person may apply for a Practising Certificate issued by the Council of The Law Society of New South Wales in order to practise law in New South Wales. lawsociety.com.au/ForSolictors/practisinglawinnsw/becomingasolicitor/admission/index.htm Queensland Requires a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). Graduates then must complete PLT in the form of Supervised Legal Training or a Practical Legal Training Course by approved providers. Graduates who have successfully completed their PLT must then make an application for admission to the Roll of Lawyers and the Admissions Board must be satisfied of their fitness to practice. A person must then apply for a Practising Certificate to practise law in Queensland. qls.com.au/For_the_profession/Your_legal_career/Become_a_solicitor South Australia Requires a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). Graduates then must complete PLT in the form of Supervised Legal Training or a Practical Legal Training Course by approved providers. They must also have those qualifications formally accredited by the Board of Examiners prior to admission. Graduates must then lodge an application for admission. The Supreme Court must be satisfied that the applicant is suitable for admission. A person must then attend an admission ceremony. After a person has been admitted and signed the Roll of Practitioners they are able to apply for a Practising Certificate, which allows them to practise law in South Australia. lawsocietysa.asn.au/pdf/GuidetoAdmission.pdf Western Australia Requires a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). Graduates then must complete PLT in the form of Supervised Legal Training or a Practical Legal Training Course by approved providers. Graduates must then make an application for admission. A person must then attend an admission ceremony where they will take and sign the Oath and sign the Roll. Finally a person must apply for a Practising Certificate to practise law in Western Australia. lpbwa.org.au/Becoming-A-Lawyer/Admission-Process 15
International admission requirements United States of America Requirements vary from state to state however the USA generally requires either a Juris Doctor (JD) or Master of Law (LLM). These are necessary in order to sit the relevant state bar examination. Some states, such as New York, allow Australian Graduates to sit state bar exams. nybarexam.org United Kingdom Requires a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or JD. The UK also requires graduates to have completed a Practical Legal Training course. Lawyers that have been admitted to practice in Australia can practise in England and Wales as solicitors by transferring through the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). sra.org.uk/solicitors/qlts.page barstandardsboard.org.uk/qualifying-as-a-barrister/transferring-lawyers/qualified-foreign-lawyers/ Singapore Requires an LLM or JD from an approved University. Any person seeking to be admitted must first be twentyone years of age or older. Prospective lawyers must also sit the bar examination and complete a six-month Practice Training Contract. mlaw.gov.sg/content/minlaw/en/practising-as-a-lawyer/AdmissionRequirements.html Hong Kong Requires a person to be a valid legal practitioner in their jurisdiction of admission and to have been in practice in said jurisdiction for at least three years. Hopeful candidates will need to pass the Barristers Qualification Examination (‘BQE’). hkba.org/content/becoming-barristers/general-admission China Lawyers from other countries are able to work for law firms in China but are not authorised to practice law. Chinese law heavily restricts a person’s ability to give legal advice. Australian qualified lawyers should thoroughly discuss these restrictions with any prospective Chinese law firm. Europe The majority of the European states require both an LLM and LLB. Obtaining a license or diploma in one state allows you to practice in another. Memberships of individual bar associations are sometimes required by states to use the title of ‘lawyer’, however you may still practice law.
The Law Institute of Victoria
The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) is the professional association for the Victorian legal profession. Our members offer their commitment, diversity and expertise to help shape the laws of Victoria and to ensure a strong legal profession for the future. We promote justice for all, advocating social and public welfare in the operation of the courts and legal system, as well as advancing education and public confidence both in the legal profession and in the processes by which the law is made and administered. Through the engagement of our members, the LIV initiates programs to support the needs of a changing profession, promotes an active law reform advocacy agenda, responds publicly to issues affecting the profession and broader community, delivers continuing legal education programs, and continues to provide expert services and resources to support our members. For practitioners and students alike, we provide numerous opportunities for career development and advocacy, including practice section and committee participation that brings together lawyers and students with common interests. Our members reflect every sector of the legal profession: solicitors in small practices and large international firms, in-house counsel, government and community lawyers, graduates and trainees, overseas and interstate practitioners, barristers and members of the judiciary. Young lawyers LIV Young Lawyers (YL) is a dynamic group established to enhance the legal skills, knowledge and professional networks of members in the early stages of career development. The YL is filled with students, graduates and new solicitors who represent the future of the legal profession. Membership with the YL is free to all eligible LIV members. These are â€˘ Practitioners under the age of 36 â€˘ Practitioners over the age of 36 with less than six years practical experience (regardless of age) â€˘ Law graduates, legal trainees and law students LIV Young Lawyers receive Young Lawyers Journal (YLJ) Published quarterly, the YLJ features informative articles, opinion pieces, legal updates and career advice relevant to new and emerging lawyers.
Young Lawyers Blog The weekly blog provides insights into the practice of law, important updates and practical tips and advice from both young lawyers and seasoned practitioners. 17
Senior Associate at Lander & Rogers
Ex co-chair of LIV Young Lawyers Professional Development Committee Some law professors preach the “ideal” career path as being seasonal clerkship > grad position > job at a top tier firm. This can lead to students considering themselves failures if they don’t get a seasonal, but this isn’t the case at all. Claiming that you are “successful” because you scored a seasonal clerkship is a bit like claiming you’re a Brownlow contender because you played under 12’s back in the 90s. The two simply don’t correlate. The reality is, there are only a limited number of clerkships to go around, and some students get offered more than one, lowering the number of available positions even further. There is a reasonable chance that you will not get a seasonal clerkship, and that’s okay. The majority of students who do get seasonals are not ultimately hired by the firm they clerk at, putting them back in the pool of students seeking a job at the completion of their studies. The application process for seasonals can be tedious. I must have submitted 40 or 50 applications for seasonal clerkships over my final two years at law school. None of them were successful. I didn’t even get interviewed. It is not a period that I look back on fondly. At the completion of my studies, I was lucky enough to be offered an articled clerkship at a mid-size commercial firm. It turns out there are many firms that don’t take seasonal clerks, but do take on trainees each year. The experience you get at these smaller firms is often far more valuable than at an enormous firm – in your junior years, you’re often better off being a larger cog in a small machine, than a small cog in a large one. Certainly this was my experience – I was given quality work and a degree of independence almost from day one, which gave me an opportunity to prove myself and demonstrate my value to the firm. This was rewarded by further and more interesting work, which built my confidence and meant that I “climbed the ladder” faster than university mates who landed a gig at a top tier firm. This earned me a good reputation in the industry and attracted the attention of other, larger firms. I eventually moved to Landers in early 2015. The legal industry is one which rewards hard work and a positive attitude. I’ve worked with many seasonal clerks, trainees and young lawyers over the past eight years; some have been good, some great, and some downright awful. Several of them didn’t end up “making it”. In all cases, their attitude was more determinative of their success than their intelligence. So for those of you who do score a seasonal, make the most of the opportunity. Absorb everything, both on the legal and the office-environment fronts. Be affable, be enthused, be the sort of person that others will want to work with. Ask questions. Take initiative, but don’t be overly inspired by your own self-importance or sense of achievement. Nobody at a law firm is impressed by what you’ve done; they’ve all achieved similar things themselves. Just be cool. And for those of you who miss out on seasonals, know that your future is what you make it. There will be opportunities, even slightly imperfect ones, and you should take them when they arise, because they will lead to much better opportunities in the future. If your ultimate goal is to work at a larger firm, there are alternative, and arguably better, paths to that goal than a seasonal clerkship. Regardless of which path you take, I wish you all the very best in your future careers. 18
LIV Schedule of Dates Seasonal Clerkships & Traineeships ACTION
Seasonal clerkship application period opens
Monday, 9 July 2018
Traineeship market application period opens
Friday, 10 August 2018
Traineeship priority offers made
Tuesday, 7 August 2018 (from 10.00am)
Traineeship priority offers close
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 at 4.00pm
Seasonal clerkship application period closes
Sunday, 12 August 2018 at 11.59pm
Traineeship market application period closes
Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 11.59pm
Traineeship market offers made
Monday, 8 October 2018 (from 10.00am)
Seasonal clerkship offers made
Thursday, 18 October 2018 (from 10.00am)
LIV Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines 2018 1.
To be eligible to apply for seasonal clerkships a student must be in their final or penultimate year of study, that is, they intend to commence their final semester in 2019. Students who have already completed their law degree are eligible to apply; however, applications will be accepted at the discretion of each firm.
2. Applications for seasonal clerkships will open no earlier than 9am on Monday, 9 July 2018. 3. Applications for seasonal clerkships will close no later than 11.59pm on Sunday, 12 August 2018. 4. Any offer made under these guidelines relates to clerkships within a one year period from the date of offer, but can be extended in circumstances agreed between the student and the law firm for a further one year period if a student requests a deferral of the clerkship. 5. Any offer of clerkship must remain open for a minimum period of four (4) business hours from the time the offer was made or until 10am the following business day for offers made after 1pm, subject to paragraph 5(a): a. Students must not hold more than four seasonal clerkship offers for a period of more than 2 business hours. For the purpose of this paragraph “business hours” is defined as the period between 9am and 5pm and “business day” means Monday to Friday. 6. Law firms will make offers concerning seasonal clerkships from 10am, Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Thursday, 18 October 2018. 7.
All offers made pursuant to paragraph 6 of these Guidelines will be made by email. All email offers must detail: a. the terms of the offer; and b. that the offer is made pursuant to these Guidelines Signatory law firms are permitted to make follow-up calls to offerees once the offer has been made by email.
8. Law firms who have entered sponsorship arrangements with disadvantaged students, such as those employed under the Indigenous Cadetship Program, are exempt from complying with the Guidelines in relation to those students. 9.
A law firm may withdraw from the guidelines by giving (30) days written notice of its intention to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), the law faculties and law student societies at all Victorian law schools.
10. The LIV will maintain an up to date list of all signatory law firms which will be publically available on the LIV website. 11. Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the law firm’s clerkship application policy to which they are applying. 12. Signatory law firms are not obligated to offer seasonal clerkships each year but must follow the Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines in the event that they do.
13. All signatories agree to comply with all legislative requirements including those imposed by or otherwise required under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, Victorian Anti-Bullying Legislation and Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004 (Vic). 14. These Guidelines are in place to ensure fairness throughout the graduate recruitment process. However, each signatory is responsible for setting its own application processes and this aspect is outside the scope of these Guidelines and the Law Institute of Victoriaâ€™s involvement. Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the signatoryâ€™s clerkship application policy to which they are applying and allow sufficient time for lodgement of their application. 15. Where an unforeseen error occurs in the lodgement of an application made pursuant to these Guidelines, the student may make a case for consideration to the relevant signatory, but it is at the discretion of the signatory concerned as to whether the application is accepted.
LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2018 1.
Applications for graduate traineeships will open no earlier than 9am on Friday, 10 August 2018.
2. Applications for graduate traineeships will close no later than 11.59pm on Sunday, 26 August 2018. 3. Subject to paragraph 3(a) any offer made under these guidelines relates to a graduate traineeship commencing in 2019; it is open to students who have already completed their law degree or students who will commence their final semester in 2018. a. Successful applicants who have already completed their law degree are eligible to commence their graduate traineeship prior to 2019 by agreement between the law firm and the applicant. 4. An applicant who, due to “genuine necessity”, will be unable to attend an interview during the interview period, should apply to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) for permission to either: a. be interviewed at an earlier date, or b. be interviewed by electronic means if the applicant is overseas at the time of the genuine necessity application and will not return prior to, or during the interview period. The form of electronic means is to be agreed upon between the law firm and the applicant. “Genuine necessity” is defined as the need to be outside of Victoria during the interview period, for the purpose of study, work experience or other purpose deemed reasonable by the LIV. Applications should be made to the LIV Young Lawyers Manager in writing and include appropriate supporting documentation. Written permission is to be granted at the sole discretion of the LIV. 5. Except as provided in paragraphs 8, 9 and 10, law firms will make offers or arrangements concerning traineeships from 10am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on Monday, 8 October 2018, Graduate traineeships can be deferred in circumstances agreed between the student and the firm for a further one year period if a student requests a deferral of the traineeship. 6. All offers made pursuant to paragraph 5 of these Guidelines will be made by email. Law firms will not make follow-up calls to offerees before 11am on the date of offer. All email offers must detail: a. the terms of the offer; and b. that the offer is made pursuant to these Guidelines. 7.
Except as provided in paragraph 10, an offer of traineeship will remain open for a period of not less than twenty-four (24) hours from the time the offer was made or until 11am the following business day for offers made prior to 11am. Firms should make this known to students at the time of making offers in accordance with paragraph seven.
8. Law firms who have entered sponsorship arrangements with disadvantaged students, such as those employed under the Indigenous Cadetship Program, are exempt from complying with these guidelines in relation to those students. 9.
Law firms may make ‘priority offers’ of traineeships to eligible students in accordance with paragraph 3 on the dates set out in paragraph 10, to the following students: a. students who within the previous two years preceding the date of making the offer referred to in paragraph 10, have substantially completed seasonal clerkships of at least two weeks’ duration with the offering firm, either in Victoria or at one of the firm’s interstate or international offices; b. students who during the previous two years and for a minimum period of 30 working days, have performed paralegal work for the offering firm, either in Victoria or at one of the firm’s interstate or international offices.
For the purpose of this paragraph ‘business hours’ is defined as the period between 9am and 5pm and ‘business day’ means Monday to Friday. 10. The ‘priority offers’ made pursuant to paragraph 9 can be made either in writing and/or by telephone between 10am on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 and 12pm on Wednesday, 8 August 2018. A ‘priority offer’ must remain open until the earlier of acceptance/rejection in accordance with paragraphs 10(a) and 10(b) or 4pm on Wednesday, 8 August 2018. a. An applicant will not hold more than two ‘priority offers’ for longer than a two hour period; b. An applicant must accept/ reject any ‘priority offer’ received within 4 business hours of it being made. For the avoidance of doubt, if a priority offer is made after 1.00pm, the applicant must accept or reject the offer by 10am the following day. Priority offers made at 1pm must be accepted or rejected by 5pm on the same business day. For the purpose of this paragraph ‘business hours’ is defined as the period between 9am and 5pm and ‘business day’ means Monday to Friday. 11. It is accepted that law firms invite students to express their interest in being considered for a priority offer at the conclusion of their clerkship. 12. Law firms intending to make priority offers are not permitted to interview market traineeship applicants or to make offers or arrangements concerning market traineeships prior to making a priority offer. For the avoidance of doubt, law firms are permitted to interview paragraph 9(b) priority offer candidates before making priority offers pursuant to paragraphs 9 and 10 of these Guidelines. 13. A law firm may withdraw from the guidelines by giving (30) days written notice of its intention to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), the law faculties and law student societies at all Victorian law schools. 14. The LIV will maintain an up to date list of all signatory law firms which will be publically available on the LIV website. 15. Signatory law firms are not obligated to offer traineeships each year but must follow the Traineeship Guidelines in the event that they do. 16. All signatories agree to comply with all legislative requirements including those imposed by or otherwise required under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, Victorian Anti-Bullying Legislation and Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004 (Vic). 17. These Guidelines are in place to ensure fairness throughout the graduate recruitment process. However, each signatory is responsible for setting its own application processes and this aspect is outside the scope of these Guidelines and the Law Institute of Victoria’s involvement. Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the signatory’s traineeship application policy to which they are applying and allow sufficient time for lodgement of their application. 18. Where an unforeseen error occurs in the lodgement of an application made pursuant to these Guidelines, the student may make a case for consideration to the relevant signatory, but it is at the discretion of the signatory concerned as to whether the application is accepted.
Practical legal training What is it? In order to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria, a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course or a Supervised Workplace Training Programme, must first be completed. Upon completion of a PLT you will be awarded with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice which further allows you to apply for admission as a Legal Practitioner. In the majority of circumstances, a PLT is undertaken after the completion of a law degree, however, exceptions can be made by seeking approval from the Council of Legal Education Board of Examiners to commence your PLT prior to the completion of your law degree. Effectively, a PLT course prepares you for real world practical situations including drafting documents, interviewing clients, advocacy, negotiation and other skills that are essential for every practicing lawyer. How long will it take? PLT courses generally take 15 to 30 weeks to complete, depending on whether they are studied part-time or full-time. How much does it cost? The price of a PLT course in 2018 ranges from $9,260 to $15,250 depending on the provider and whether you are a domestic or international student. Work experience can also count towards your PLT course keeping your fees lower. FEE-HELP is also available. Where can I do it? There are three PLT providers in Australia: • Australian National University Legal Workshop • Leo Cussen Centre for Law • The College of Law How do I get in? Each PLT provider has its own distinctive method for application, commonly however, you are only required to fill out forms and submit both your academic transcript and résumé. The intention of each institution is to use your résumé and transcript to assess your commitment to utilise the PLT course to its full potential. A student who demonstrates this willingness will inherently be selected over those who fail to do so. Points to consider When deciding on your PLT course it is wise to ask yourself whether you wish to complete it online or onsite. This decision should be influenced by factors such as your own flexibility, your requirements and whether you intend to work in an office environment. It is also worth considering whether you feel comfortable finding placement for yourself as part of the course or whether you wish to be assigned to one.
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Late applications are accepted and considered in order of receipt, if places are still available. About Leo Cussen Centre for Law Leo Cussen has been operating since 1972 and provides high quality practical legal training and professional development programs for entry-level lawyers through to senior legal practitioners. The Leo Cussen experience enables law graduates to learn how to practise law in a professional, yet friendly and engaging environment. Our Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is comprehensive and well respected by legal employers. Employers may sponsor their graduate employee to do the course. Successful completion of the Practical Legal Training (PLT) course entitles you to apply for admission to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer which, 30
Your Choice: PLT Onsite or Online Online delivery offers flexibility to those who have work or family commitments and who enjoy the discipline of learning within a small online community. The Onsite course suits those looking for a training experience with face-to-face teaching and learning. It also suits those on overseas student visas. Online trainees attend for intensive teaching blocks and mentor consultations during the course. In the Onsite course you attend each business day from 9am to 5pm. In the full time Online course, you will need to commit at least 25 hours a week to your PLT work. We also offer a part time Online PLT. The Leaning Experience The Practical Legal Training course is founded on the principle of ‘learning by doing’ and is designed to lead you to reach the required competencies in an active and practical training environment. Features of the PLT • Building of practical legal skills in a broad range of practice areas. • Mentoring by in-house legal training staff who guide your professional development. • Visiting legal practitioners as instructors. • Client File program – run simulated client files within your own PLT ‘law firm’. • Extensive advocacy training. • Collegial environment with the opportunity to build friendships and professional networks that can last your entire career. • Professional Placement assistance. In the onsite course, the Professional Placement is sourced for you. In the online program, guidance is offered to trainees who require assistance securing a placement. • Dedicated career service for all trainees including advice, job board, and training sessions.
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Client File Program Set up your own ‘law firm’ and run up to 10 simulated files covering a wide range of practice areas and presenting a range of legal and practical problems reflecting those you encounter in realworld legal practice. We operate an in- house registry and banking facility to assist the simulation of real practice. Topic Support Materials A detailed set of reference materials provided for each practice topic is a resource during the Course and a handy reference in your first year of legal practice. Mentors You work in a small group with the guidance of one of our staff. All of our training staff are experienced lawyers. Their job is to help you develop your practical legal skills, professional values and confidence to work as an entry level lawyer. Collegiality You form friendships during the course and begin to build the personal and professional networks that support you during your entire career. PLT trainees organise a variety of social activities during the course to make sure the fun doesn’t disappear in the midst of all the hard work.
A Leo Cussen graduate shares their story Kathryn McGregor
Solicitor - Criminal Law Section, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service At University I completed a BA and LLB and completed an exchange at Uppsala University for a semester. I was unsure what area of Law I wanted to practise in and I wanted to gain insight into all aspects of Law, I knew that I could not do this through a ‘traditional’ articled clerk position, and the client files at Leo Cussen were a great way to get into the different areas of practice. I didn’t have any legal connections when I started the course and knowing that Leo Cussen organise a placement for onsite PLT trainees was of great comfort. Further, having been a student for so many years and juggling part time work, I felt that Leo Cussen would be a great training ground for getting used to being in an office environment Monday – Friday. I currently work as a criminal solicitor at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS). I provide advice and representation for Aboriginal clients in criminal matters in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court. VALS services the whole of Victoria and each solicitor is allocated a metropolitan court and a regional court. So, fortnightly, I will travel to a regional area and spend 2-3 days being the Aboriginal legal representative for the local community. I am constantly learning about different areas of the criminal law and how to engage with people from clients to prosecutors to magistrates. I thoroughly enjoy appearing at court and developing my advocacy skills. VALS provides an ‘holistic’ style approach with our clients and we are able to link them in to culturally specific services which is of great benefit to the clients and the community overall. Being able to help a client navigate their way through the system with tailored support is rewarding. We have a very collegial environment and there is always support for new lawyers. My job is constantly challenging and surprising – no day is ever the same – and that is fantastic! I really enjoyed the advocacy and criminal areas of training in the Leo Cussen PLT. I met some tremendous instructors whom I will still call for advice and they are more than happy to give that advice. I also enjoyed the social aspect of Leo Cussen, I have great friends that I have met from my course and still remain in contact with. My placement that they arranged at NAAJA in Darwin was the cherry on top! The Leo Cussen PLT gave me the training and confidence that I needed to know that I could practise law and be effective in this role. Being able to apply all the legal knowledge you have gained in a practical way was tremendous. For more information on Leo Cussen’s PLT course visit: leocussen.edu.au
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Clerkship myths and the approach mindset Andrea Anastasi
Dear Law Student, welcome to some hard few months! When you are applying for the few available spots in an industry that is not currently matching supply with demand, you know you have to do some work. Should the hard times ahead, deriving from conditions outside of your control, command how you feel? I say they should not, rather, these conditions can help you bring out your best self. I must add, however, that it is sometimes thought that success in law school derives from a three factor process, that being: seasonal clerkship --> graduate position --> top tier law firm job. This is plain wrong. First of all, some law students would not like ‘big law’, and would obtain greater job satisfaction in other areas of commercial or non-commercial law. Secondly, and not least important, most graduate jobs in law are found at smaller firms, which do not have clerkship processes. Lastly, there are many non-law graduate options that can easily be obtained thanks to the skills that you have developed during your law degree. Myth busters Do I need a High Distinction average? No, if your average is in the higher credit or distinction range, that is all that you need, in combination with a solid resume and solid application. This also means that if you failed one subject, it is not the end of the world. That is not to say someone with a pass or low credit average will not get a clerkship, although if you do, it does make it all the more difficult in an already very competitive process.
Are ATARs considered? Maybe, but I know people who have clerked at top tier firms with an ATAR in their 60s. Most top and mid-tier firms will ask for your ATAR score. They will however also ask about your work experience, make you submit a cover letter, and ask you to answer specific written questions. Your ATAR is an indication of your potential, and so is everything else. Do not be too concerned if your ATAR was in the 60’s, if you are now getting marks above a high credit range. However, be ready to answer a question on why your ATAR was so low. Do I need to know someone within the firm? No, just research the firm well, you need to be able to prove that you are a good fit for the workplace. Can only penultimate year students apply for clerkships? No, actually the most effective candidates are usually in their final year/penultimate year having extended their degree. This is because they have more work experience and therefore better resumes. Needless to say, the ideal is to apply and obtain clerkships in your penultimate year. Is there a Melbourne and Monash bias? Clerkships are absolutely dominated by Melbourne and Monash students. It is not really due to the name of the university, but rather for the following two reasons: 1. They network a lot. Melbourne and Monash are older universities so they have a larger quantity of alumni. There are multiple alumni/networking events every week at Melbourne/Monash. 2. They are generally one or two years older and therefore have more work experience, i.e. better resumes. The quickest a Melbourne student finishes six years after VCE, whilst high achieving Monash students generally extend to six years to do exchanges (at least the ones I know have). 36
Do I need legal work experience? No, but you definitely need to have some form of work experience on your resume. A better resume will have some high profile legal positions already in it, but one that can show long standing commitment to one or two jobs, even if retail jobs, is very effective. The Approach Mind Set The ‘approach mindset’ is a critical element to understand. You could be the best candidate in the world, but human resource recruiters are effectively looking for: 1. the best candidate on paper; and 2. the best fitting candidate in an interview. You cannot just be the best, you must be seen to be the best. Remember the one fundamental principle of the process. The ultimate question for the recruiters is whether, holistically, the candidate fits the firm’s ideal future lawyer. Show the recruiters that you fit this ideal.
Prepare smart There is always a question of quality v quantity of applications. You should do the greatest quantity of applications which you can put the highest quality towards. When the quality drops or you start burning out, that is when you know you are doing too many. Everything you write must have a purpose, nothing should be a gap filler. Prepare early If you are reading this article, and have not started preparing anything yet, you are already behind. Do not panic, this does not mean that you will be unsuccessful. There are plenty of last minute applications leading to clerkships and graduate positions, but a quality driven strategic approach is important. Prepare holistically Preparing holistically means researching the companies you are applying for in depth, as well as preparing in depth some key topics point that you can talk about to showcase commercial awareness. Only a few can explore the depths of a commercial case in a critical and analytical way, which is what firms do for their clients. Your discussion points must showcase you are able to do this. Change your outcome based approach I am a big advocate of ‘enjoying the process’. In truth, the current process is something which I disliked. Really, who would like it? Yet, it is important that you remain with a healthy, non-outcome based mindset. Do your best, and know that you have done your best. Whatever happens from there is outside of your control and therefore you must accept it without regrets.
Answering the most common interview question Nicholas Brewer
In any industry, it is rare to sit an interview without being asked, “why do you want to work here?” and this holds true for clerkship interviews. The answer gives the interviewer an insight into the depth of your interest in the company and allows you to demonstrate passion for the position. To properly answer the question, however, you will need to carefully consider the firms you apply to and the reasons that you want to work at those firms. In doing so, you can offer applications that are genuine and targeted, and authenticity is a powerful factor when it comes promoting oneself. With that in mind, here are three things to consider when applying to a law firm: 1. People Seek out people that you get along with - and would feel comfortable working with over long periods of time. When talking to lawyers at networking nights, ask about their interests in and outside of work. It is possible you have something in common and, if not, you are already making your way past a surface-level interaction. Another thing to look out for is inspiring individuals and potential mentors as these can be extremely valuable to junior professionals. 2. Work Research the firm’s practice groups and think about whether they match your interests. Sometimes this can be difficult because you might find one area of law boring at law school, yet entirely thrilling in practice. Know how big the practice groups are and how many lawyers are involved in them, as it could be fatal to mention your keen interest in a practice group that does not take clerks. If you are interested in international, pro bono, or start-up work consider whether the firm has access to these opportunities. Keep in mind the work of the firm generally: if you are applying to a commercial law firm, your interest in pro bono work should not form a large part of your application. 3. Culture This can be a much harder factor to asses before a clerkship, especially without having worked at the firm. However, it is possible to get an understanding of the brand culture. For instance, you can look at the types of initiatives that the firm sponsors, which are usually listed on the website. You also can see the types of activities that the firm gets involved in, such as sporting events or hackathons. Look also at the firm values and decide if and how your values align with theirs. If you consider carefully these factors for any firm that you apply for, you are ready to answer one of the most common questions in clerkship recruitment (and interviews generally). The clerkship recruitment process is a highly rewarding experience in itself, regardless of the outcome of your application. You have the opportunity to meet many interesting people and learn more about the business of law – so start an application tonight!
Clerkships: what your mind will tell you Lisa Mundos
So it’s penultimate year and you’ve decided that you’re going to apply for clerkships. But wait, are you? This question has been on your mind for months. Am I ready? Do I have the right experience? Are my grades good enough? These are all things you think of too often. After considering all of your options, extending your degree or even going overseas to escape the realities of adulthood, you decide this is your year and yes, despite your doubts, you are going to apply for clerkships. What now? Acquaint yourself with the relevant dates. When do applications open? When do they close? Start researching the firms you want to apply to, and begin your cover letters early. Now fast forward. It’s time for your first interview (hopefully one of many). One thing that really helped with my nerves was scheduling interviews for firms where I really wanted to work later in the process, so that I could use my earlier ones as practice. And just like that, 40 minutes was over. ‘Thanks very much for your time, we’ll be in touch’. I remember thinking to myself, ‘when will I know If I got to the next round’? It was often a matter of weeks, and for firms which only had one interview as part of their recruitment process, well, it was either a call or email on offer day in October or nothing at all. Then came offer day, and one month after that, my first day as a summer clerk. We were all were escorted into a large boardroom where our induction packs were laid out. It was nice to see a few friendly faces from cocktail nights and information evenings and even better, 6 of the 15 clerks were from Deakin. I was then eventually taken to my practice group where I met the team. The first couple of days involved IT training, guest speakers and learning seminars. As someone who uses a Mac, I was on struggle street. Microsoft Word? Where is Pages at? I thought to myself. Billable hours? What do you mean I have to account for every six minutes of my time? I was very fortunate as the Real Estate team which I clerked in involved me as much as possible in the matters they were working on. I was provided with a large variety of tasks, including (but not limited to) pro bono, legal research, drafting, sitting in on contract negotiations and attending meetings. I really enjoyed working in that particular team, and the area of law too. In the end, it was a very rewarding experience. To all those who have committed to the idea that 2018 is the year you will apply, set your mind to achieving the very best thing and it will come to you. Good luck to all going through the process, give it your best shot as it is one of many ways to find out whether commercial law is the right path for you.
SUBMIT HIGH QUALITY CLERKSHIP APPLICATIONS – TOP TIPS! These top tips are written by DeakinTALENT staff who have previously worked as Clerkship/Legal Recruiters for top-tier Law & Consulting firms.
1. ENSURE YOUR RESUME IS EASY TO READ
Firms typically receive hundreds of clerkship applications. To make your application stand out, ensure your formatting is clear and key information is easy to access. All formatting should be consistent - use the same font size and style for similar elements and ensure all spacing is consistent throughout your documents. It’s important your resume and cover letter look like they belong together as one application package.
2. DEMONSTRATE A BROAD RANGE OF SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES
Relevant legal experience is important to highlight, however don’t undervalue other part-time work you have undertaken and the transferable skills you have developed. Charitable work, involvement in the community, participation in university clubs and societies, independent travel, overseas exchange, additional languages, extra-curricular activities, and hobbies are all things that can help you to stand out as a well-rounded candidate.
3. WRITE IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Firms are seeking clear and professional communicators, they are not interested in how many big words you know, so you can put down the thesaurus! The vast majority of work you will do in your clerkship will be legal research, notetaking and drafting memos, so the quality of your written work is extremely important. Your resume and cover letter should be evidence of your ability to communicate clearly and professionally in writing. Read the firm’s website and take note of the tone and language they use - this will provide you with an insight into how they prefer information to be presented and how they communicate with their clients.
4. LET YOUR SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS SHINE
Your resume must focus on achievements, results, and outcomes opposed to solely outlining duties, tasks and responsibilities. Consider where you have added value, for example; “Condensed and summarised a 120 page legal research report on family violence into a two page booklet which was subsequently used by [X team] to conduct community outreach”. DeakinTALENT’s Resume & Application Workshops can assist you in refining your bullet point statements for maximum impact.
5. CONDUCT THOROUGH RESEARCH
The role of a clerk involves conducting legal research. As such, your application should evidence your research skills by demonstrating a strong understanding of the firm you are applying to. If you have strong interest in a particular practice area, it’s great for your interest and enthusiasm to shine through in your resume and cover letter, however don’t limit yourself. It’s important to present as being open to other opportunities, and willing and able to adapt when required. On a similar note, although it’s good to understand the range of pro bono work a firm engages in, avoid focusing your cover letter around their pro bono work as this is not the core business of a commercial firm.
6. TAILOR EACH APPLICATION
Writing an individual cover letter for each firm is more time consuming, but is essential in ensuring that each application is strong and tailored. If you are finding it hard to write individual cover letters and struggling to think of a genuine reason why you are interested in a particular firm, consider whether you should be applying. Instead, focus your energy into refining applications for firms that really matter to you.
7. MENTION CONNECTIONS
If you have a connection to or within the firm, mention it, but don’t overstate your relationship. If you reference their name, assume they will be contacted, so only mention connections if they will have something good to say! If they don’t remember you this can actually hurt, rather than help, your application. Out of courtesy, always seek approval to name anyone in your application.
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8. COMPLETE ALL SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS
You might spend hours on your resume and cover letter, but all short answer questions are just as important! Firms will often only read your application after your short answer responses have passed an initial screen. For that reason, do NOT write “refer to resume” as your response! Even though they might feel repetitive, the short answer questions are there for a reason. Click through the application on the firm’s website well ahead of when you plan to submit. That way, you will know what questions are being asked and you can ensure adequate time to prepare your responses. Draft your responses in a Word document and copy them into the form opposed to drafting them in the box provided. In addition to allowing you to spell check, many firms use similar questions, so this may be a great starting point for your next application!
9. ACADEMICS ONLY FORM PART OF OVERALL ASSESSMENT
You don’t have to be a high distinction student to secure a clerkship, especially if you have other skills and experience to offer the firm. An improvement in your marks throughout your degree will be viewed favourably, so don’t be disheartened by weaker academic results from earlier years. A fail is not necessarily an automatic rejection from the clerkship process. If you have failed a subject (Constitutional Law we’re looking at you), explain why, and outline what you learned from the experience in your cover letter. If you have repeated the subject and did better the second time, mention this.
10. DEMONSTRATE COMMERCIAL AWARENESS
Key commercial skills to demonstrate in your application include stakeholder management, negotiation and ability to build strong professional relationships. It can also be helpful to have a good understanding of the legal profession, current economic and political climate and the recent deals and matters the firm has successfully negotiated. For example, being aware of state and federal government investment into infrastructure projects may indicate an increase in demand for law firms specialising in construction and property law. Students who make this connection in their application demonstrate their understanding of the wider business and political context and how this may lead to opportunities.
11. SELECT REFEREES CAREFULLY
Firms often comment that students select referees (such as other lawyers) who don’t actually know them very well. When selecting referees, choose someone that is going to speak positively about you, but more importantly knows you well enough to be able to answer questions about your ability and motivations. Before including someone as a referee, always ask in advance if they are happy to provide a reference for you. It is also acceptable to discuss what they might say about you before you commit to them.
12. REQUEST AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW BEFORE SUBMITTING
By the time you are ready to press the submit button, it’s likely you will have read through your application multiple times, which can make it difficult to pick up errors. Ask a trusted friend or family member to read each completed application for you in detail with a critical eye. If you have a connection within the firm, they may also be able to suggest some further refinements. Additionally, DeakinTALENT offers a Job Application Review service where you can request detailed feedback on your completed application(s).
13. DON’T SELF-SELECT OUT!
Too often, law students assume failure before they have even applied for clerkships. The clerkship process is competitive and can appear daunting, but to paraphrase a well-known quote: “You miss out on 100% of the opportunities you don’t take”. If Trump has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes it’s not about being the most qualified, it’s just about being in the race. All the best for the upcoming clerkship selection process! Please reach out with any questions. Lauren Harris, Nicola Corner & Nina Walsh DeakinTALENT
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EXCEL IN YOUR CLERKSHIP INTERVIEW – TOP TIPS!
These top tips are written by DeakinTALENT staff who have previously worked as Clerkship/Legal Recruiters for top-tier Law & Consulting firms.
The clerkship interview will seek to assess three core areas: 1. Ability (can you do it?), 2. Motivation (will you do it?); and 3. Cultural fit (will people like you and want to work with you?). On the flip side, you need to determine if a firm is the right match for you. To assist you with your preparation, DeakinTALENT’s top clerkship interview tips are:
1. PREPARE COMPREHENSIVELY
It goes without saying, but to perform well in a clerkship interview, thorough research and preparation are essential. The effort you put into preparation will help to distinguish you. Core areas to focus your preparation on include: Industry and commercial awareness Industry and commercial awareness involves being up to speed with the broader business world in which the law operates. Among other things, it enables you to form opinions and relate to the needs of clients. As such, it’s a required and sought after employability skill which will be assessed for in a clerkship interview. Example questions - What are some key challenges currently facing our industry? How do you keep up to date with what’s going on in our industry and the business world more broadly? What’s a business story in the media that has interested you recently? What’s your understanding of how our firm fits and operates within our industry? What’s an example of a case you’ve found interesting and why did it interest you? How to prepare – Read, watch, and listen on a regular basis. Read: Newspapers, business magazines, industry publications, books, news websites, blogs, Twitter. Watch: The news, and programs that provide an objective analysis of what the news means. Listen: Industry and current affairs podcasts, speakers at industry events. Knowledge of the firm Understanding the firm you are interviewing with is essential. Regardless of how impressive your other responses are, if it’s apparent that you don’t have an adequate understanding of or interest in the firm, it will be a deal-breaker. Example questions - What’s your understanding of our firm and the work we do? What interests you about working with our firm? What area(s) of law are you most interested in? What’s your understanding of our clients and how we work with them? How to prepare - A starting point for firm research might include; practice areas, reputation in the market, types of clients they work with, firm history, significant mergers/acquisitions, key competitors, office locations, number of employees, types of roles, firm values, firm culture, recent awards and notable achievements, recent media articles/mentions, community involvement, points of difference to others similar firms, the firm’s position on topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, pro-bono, diversity etc. Don’t feel like you have to showcase all information you learn. Be strategic and weave it in organically. Knowledge of the clerkship position Clerkships are not for everyone and require maturity, resilience, and dedication. It’s important you have an understanding of the reality of what a clerkship entails, why you are applying, and how you are a good match for the position. Example questions - What do you feel you would bring to the firm/clerkship? What do you hope to get out of a clerkship with us? What do you think would be the most challenging aspect of a clerkship for you? How to prepare – Read information provided about the clerkship in detail (start with the firm’s website). Attend firm preclerkship events. Speak with people in your network who have previously (ideally successfully) undertaken a clerkship. Knowledge of your drive and motivation to pursue a career in law Your responses to questions about your interest in law, general motivations, and short/longer term goals will heavily influence decision making, and therefore need to be confident, considered, genuine and articulate. Example questions - Tell me about yourself. What motivates you? What achievement(s) are you most proud of, and why? Describe a recent goal you set for yourself and achieved. Why should we hire you? What are your greatest strengths/areas for development? Where do you want to be in five years? In ten? Describe a time when you have had to manage a stressful situation. Describe a time when you have managed conflict. Describe a time when you failed. How did you respond? What do you like to do outside of work/study? Why were your grades [at X time or for X subject(s)] low? How to prepare – Spend time on self-reflection. In addition to the above questions, brainstorm your responses to: What are ten words a good friend or family member would use to describe you? What values do you hold close? What have you achieved that you feel really good about? What have you enjoyed/not enjoyed about the work/study you’ve undertaken. What is your ideal work environment? What does success mean to you? What else is important to you outside of law?
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2. MASTER THE MEET AND GREET
Arrive at reception 5-10 minutes before your specified interview time. If you arrive earlier, go for a walk outside or wait in the ground floor lobby. Similar to arriving late, arriving at reception too early is inappropriate. The first 30 seconds of an interview are particularly important. How you greet people reveals a great deal about your confidence, attitude, and professional polish. Stand to greet your interviewers warmly with a smile and firm handshake. If introduced to additional interviewers in the room, walk around the table to shake hands instead of reaching over, if possible. Introduce yourself using your first and last name. Place your notebook/portfolio and pen on the table, but no personal items (such as water bottle, phone, handbag). If a glass of water is offered, accept it. It helps to ease into the interview and you may need it. Expect to meet with a combination of lawyers and staff from different levels and different areas of the firm. Partners, Senior Associates, and members of the Human Resources team typically conduct clerkship interviews.
3. RESPOND WITH IMPACT
The interview will likely commence with small talk. Be friendly, responsive and genuine. It’s important that you build rapport, and that the interviewer(s) likes you and can see you fitting into the culture of the firm. The interview will include both behavioural and motivational questions. Take a moment to process the question being asked and consider the underlying competency before launching in. A few moments of silence to collect your thoughts is perfectly ok! Respond to all behavioural questions using the ‘STAR’ response structure – Situation/Task, Action, Result. Prepare robust examples for likely questions in advance. Focus on recent (opposed to high school) examples. Speak articulately and keep track of time and pace. Ensure you provide adequate detail in your responses. Be yourself! You don’t need to fit a certain stereotype or persona. It’s easy to spot insincerity in an interview. Confidence should be tempered with humility. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance and interviewers will be on alert for this. Deakin students have a reputation for being genuine and self-aware and firms love this! Expect and prepare for a structured interview process, but don’t be surprised if you end up having what feels more like a fireside chat! Partners are notorious for taking an interview in any direction they see fit/interesting at the time. Even if their style might seem laid back, your interviewer(s) will be assessing you, so maintain your focus.
4. CLOSE WITH POWERFUL QUESTIONS
The questions you ask at the end of an interview do as much to differentiate you as the ones you answer. The interview is a two way process and it’s expected that you will have questions. Prepare at least three questions to ask, even if you don’t use them all. Responding with; ‘I haven’t got any questions, I think you’ve covered everything’ or ‘What are the next steps?’ as a stand-alone question will reflect on you negatively. Focus on asking questions the interviewer is uniquely positioned to answer and that will provide you with useful insight. For example; What do you enjoy most about working here? Why did you choose [X] path out of university? Why did you choose to specialise in [X] practice area? Tread carefully if you choose to ask about longer term training provided/funded by the firm. While important to understand, the interview should focus on what you can offer, opposed to what you want to gain. Do not ask for interview feedback on the day, or mention anything on your way out such as: ‘I feel that went badly’, ‘I hope I gave some good responses’, ‘That was challenging!’ etc. These statements can damage your credibility. Thank the interviewer, let them know you enjoyed meeting them. Clarify next steps if not yet addressed.
5. MAINTAIN YOUR INTERVIEW FOCUS
The face-to-face clerkship interview typically forms one part of a broader clerkship selection process. Most firms, especially larger firms, will host a meet and greet networking event for those successful to interview stage. It is important you attend and that your networking and conversation focus is squarely on firm representatives, not other candidates in attendance. Introduce yourself, ask meaningful questions, be interested. Limit drinking to stay alert. If you are fortunate to secure a clerkship, congratulations! The important work starts now. The clerkship itself is your interview for a graduate position. It is very important to: Maintain sharp focus, produce excellent work, communicate clearly and regularly, get involved, be interested, ask questions, assess if a graduate role with the firm is right for you.
All the best for the upcoming clerkship selection process! Please reach out with any questions. Lauren Harris, Nicola Corner & Nina Walsh DeakinTALENT
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Example cover letter by a past student successful in clerkships
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Ms Betty Clarke Human Resources Advisor Frank & Irwin Lawyers 111 Evans Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000 Dear Ms Clarke Re:
Application for seasonal clerkship 2018/2019 - SAMPLE COVER LETTER ONLY
I am writing to apply for the seasonal clerkship 2018/2019 program at Frank & Irwin Lawyers. I am currently in the penultimate year of my Bachelor of Laws at Deakin University and like Frank & Irwin, I am committed to achieving results. This is reflected by attainting a 75.00% average throughout my law degree. My pathway to law has been different from most and I consider this a strength. Prior to deciding on law, I completed a Bachelor of Design at Deakin University. Coming from an area of study which promotes creativity has allowed me to apply innovative thinking to the way I approach the law. Following completion of this degree I worked full time at Quinn & Riley Lawyers as a law clerk. It was here the seed was planted and my love of the law blossomed. The following year I commenced a Bachelor of Laws. My continued employment at Quinn & Riley Lawyers along with the various other legal work I have completed has proved invaluable in helping me build a solid foundation from where I hope to grow with Frank & Irwin Lawyers. I have learned the importance of clear communication, client relationships, understanding clients’ needs and team work. In July 2017 I met Lucy Jones at the Deakin Commercial Careers Fair. This is when I first became interested in Frank & Irwin through learning about the workplace culture. I participate in a range of extra curricular and social activities outside of my studies and legal work as I think it is important to be a well rounded person. This include mooting, volunteering, basketball and much more. Therefore, hearing about the various activities Frank & Irwin Social run appealed to me. Further, the international rotation opportunities available during the graduate program appeal to me as it signifies the firm’s commitment to being world class. I recently returned from studying at the University of London which demonstrated to me the value international experiences have on students and lawyers’ personal and professional growth. I am attracted to Frank & Irwin Lawyers due to the firm’s industry focus and international reach especially in the Asia Pacific region. The rapid growth of Asia means it is soon to become the most dominant economic region in the world. Having studied Chinese (Mandarin) language and extensively travelled in Asia I am attracted to the potential opportunities coming out of this area particularly in relation to growing trade connections and foreign investment. Frank & Irwin Lawyer’s work on the acquisition of Cubbie Station demonstrates its involvement in significant cross border deals in this region which appeals to my interests. Further, I see industry focus as powerful advantage for Frank & Irwin Lawyers. The ability to demonstrate to clients a deep understanding of their needs which are directly shaped by the industry and geographies in which they operate ensures successful relations between the firm and its clients. Further giving back to the community is a core value of mine. My volunteer work at the Youth Law Centre and Justice Connect and my charity work at the Cancer Council Australia has been rewarding. For this reason, I am further drawn to Frank & Irwin Lawyers knowing it shares this value through the corporate responsibility strategy focused around charitable giving, volunteering and pro bono work. I wish to be a part of Frank & Irwin Lawyer’s future and am hopeful of being given the opportunity to complete a seasonal clerkship. I am a conscientious and hard working individual with a sense of fun and inclusion of others. I would bring a robust willingness to learn and enthusiasm to fulfil any role required of me. I am excited by the opportunity to be challenged by Frank & Irwin Lawyer’s variety of clients and the complexity of work. I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience. Yours sincerely Fred Adams
Example CV by a past student successful in clerkships
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Education Feb 2015 – Present
Bachelor of Laws Deakin University WAM: 75.00% Awards: Tertiary Academic Award in Commercial Law Study Abroad: University of London
Feb 2010 – Oct 2014
Bachelor of Design Deakin University
Work Experience Jun 2014 – Present
Law Clerk (2 week days, full time holidays) Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Estates, Injuries, Wills • Research • Preparing Affidavits and Statements of Claim • Preparing various other legal documents • Collating and delivering briefs • Attending court, client and settlement conferences • Attending ADR conferences such as mediation • Office administrative duties / proficient in LEAP
Quinn & Riley Lawyers 488 Evans Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Law Clerk (2 weeks) • Reading and summarising judgments • Preparing ‘Summary Document’ for Judges on appeal cases
Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal 436 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Paralegal (2 weeks) Real Estate and Projects • Reviewing sale contracts for Whitehorse Tower ($1 mil plus) • Preparing and imputing excel spread sheets
Trott White Lawyers Level 10, 530 Mason Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Mar 2014 – Sep 2015
John Thompson Barrister 555 Little Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Attending court / client conferences Photocopying, taking notes
Oct 2013 – Feb 2014
Intern JJ Designs (1 week day) 1 Hardwood Place • Drafting architectural drawings / proficient in AutoCAD, Rhino Melbourne, VIC 3000 • Client / design meetings and site inspections
Aug 2012 – Jan 2014
Bar Tender (1 week day, 1 weekend day) • Pouring beverages / learning recipes • Customer service / meeting budgets
White Pub 325 Long Street Prahran, VIC 3181
Volunteering / Extra – Curricular Activities May 2017 – Present
Volunteer (1 night a month) • Attending conferences and taking notes for solicitor • Preparing draft letters to clients
Justice Connect 247 – 251 High Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000
Feb 2017 – Present
Student Mentor (6 hours a week) • Assisting mentees with transition into university life • Facilitating discussions around study skills / assignment tips
Deakin University 221 Burwood Highway Burwood, VIC 3125
May 2016 – Present
Volunteer (1/2 week day) • Organising activities for hospital / ordering supplies • Attending event meetings / organising volunteers / accounts
Cancer Council Australia 441 Auburn Road Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Jun 2016 – Mar 2018
Volunteer (1 week day) • Legal research • Drafting various legal documents such as Affidavits • Attending client conferences at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre • Office administrative duties / preparing client letters
Youth Law Centre 102 Elizabeth Street Carlton, VIC 3053
Apr 2017 – Present
General Committee Member
Melbourne Basketball Club
Jan 2017 – Present
Editorial Committee Member
LIV Young Lawyers
Mar 2016 – Present
Deakin Law Society Burwood Campus
Mar 2016 – Present
Deakin University Students’ Association
Other Interest / Achievements Apr 2015 – Present
Mooting • Finalist First Year Moot (Burwood Campus) • Junior Moot (Burwood Campus) • Senior Moot (Burwood Campus)
Jun 2014 – Present
Basketball • Melbourne Basketball Club
May 2002 – Present
Chello • AMEB 4th Grade (Chello)
Languages • •
English, proficient Chinese (Mandarin), limited working proficiency
References Available upon request
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allens.com.au/yourcareer Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Manreet Singh – Graduate Resourcing Consultant Student.firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 9230 4670 Online application – applicants are required to submit a copy of their cover letter, CV, academic transcript and valid visa (if applicable). Two online survey components, a cocktail/networking event and one face-to-face interview. Approx. 80 in Melbourne Intake 1: 25 Intake 2: 25 Intake 3: 25 Please note these numbers are not final, and fluctuate per intake based on candidate availability and preference. 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August – September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 Approx. 30-35 in Melbourne Yes Yes Yes
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Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Hayley Brown – Human Resources Consultant email@example.com (03) 9229 9999 Via the careers page on our website (abl.com.au) or on cVMail (cvmail.com.au) 45-50 Intake 1: 15-17 Intake 2: 15-17 Intake 3: 15-17 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 Late August – September 2018 10.00am Thursday 18 October 2018 Intake 1: 19 November – 14 December 2018 Intake 2: 21 January – 15 February 2019 Intake 3: 24 June – 19 July 2019 15-18 No Yes No
ashurst.com/careers Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Joanne Dean – HR Manager, National Graduate Programs firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9679 3000 Via website 120 – 130 seasonal clerkships nationally. Roughly 60-70 of those are in the Melbourne office Intake 1: 18-22 Intake 2: 18-22 Intake 3: 18 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August – September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: TBC Intake 2: TBC Intake 3: TBC 18-20 No Yes Yes
Baker McKenzie bakermckenzie.com
Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Natalie Mascarenhas – Talent Management Consultant email@example.com (03) 9617 4349 Applications for Seasonal Clerkships should be submitted via our website bakermckenzie.com Approx. 20 Intake 1: 7 Intake 2: 7 Intake 3: 6 Of course, this number may change according to business needs and preferences indicated by Seasonal Clerks, but we would generally look at approximately 6 - 8 Clerks per intake. 9 July 2018 at 9.00 am 12 August 2018 at 11.59 pm September 2018 18 October 2018 from 10.00am Intake 1: November – December 2018 (4 weeks) Intake 2: January – February 2019 (4 weeks) Intake 3: June – July 2019 (4 weeks) Approx. 6-8 Yes Yes Yes
claytonutz.com/graduates Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Alison Tassiou – People & Development Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9286 6955 Via our Graduate Website: claytonutz.com/graduates Not specified Not specified 9.00am 9 July 2018 2 August 2018 September 2018 10.00am 18 October 2018 Intake 1: 19 November 2018 – 14 December 2018 Intake 2: 24 June 2019 – 19 July 2019 Not specified Yes Yes Yes – but please state your reason in your cover letter for not applying within your penultimate year
Corrs Chambers Westgarth corrs.com.au/careers/graduates/ Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Marianne Saliba - People & Performance Consultant email@example.com (03) 9672 3318 All applications for Graduate and Seasonal Clerk positions should be made via the Corrs website: corrs.com.au/graduates Approximately 45 Intake 1: 15 Intake 2: 15 Intake 3: 15 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 September - October 2018 Intake 1: November - December 2018 Intake 2: January - February 2019 Intake 3: June - July 2019 15-20 International applicants must have a permanent residency in Australia in order to be eligible Yes Our preferred year level of applicants are penultimate although we will consider applications from non-penultimate year students
dlapipergraduates.com.au Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Wendy Yap – Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager graduaterecruitmentAUS@dlapiper.com (02) 9286 8000 Through firm website Approx. 30 nationally Not specified 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August - October 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 TBC No Yes Case by case basis but preference will go to penultimate year students
Gilbert + Tobin gtlaw.com.au
Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Sarah Crinnigan – HR Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 8656 3396 We have tailored our application process which enables students to apply online through CVmail cvmail.com.au. Approx. 30 Intake 1: 8-10 Intake 2: 8-10 Intake 3: 8-10 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 10 – 28 September 2018 (approximately) 18 October 2018 Intake 1: 19 November – 14 December 2018 Intake 2: 21 January – 15 February 2019 Intake 3: 24 June – 19 July 2019 Approximately 8-10 Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Yes Our preference is given to students in their penultimate year of study.
Hall & Wilcox hallandwilcox.com.au
Lauren Parrant – People & Culture Advisor email@example.com 03 9603 3669 See ‘Insights’ section on page 131 Approx. 20 in Melbourne Intake 1: approx. 10 Intake 2: approx. 10 Monday 9 July 2018 Sunday 12 August 2018 September 2018 Thursday 18 October 2018 from 10.00am We run two seasonal clerkships annually – winter and summer. Our clerkships are 3 weeks in duration. Typically, we have opportunities for approximately 8-10 law graduates annually in the Melbourne Office. Yes, subject to there being an appropriate right to work in Australia. Yes Yes
Harwood Andrews harwoodandrews.com.au Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Stephanie Beard – General Manager - People firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 5225 5225 Via website 6 Intake 1: 3 Intake 2: 3 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August – September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: 19 November – 7 December 2018 Intake 2: 1 July – 19 July 2019 TBC No No Yes
Herbert Smith Freehills herbertsmithfreehills.com/ Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Hong Le – Graduate Recruitment Consultant email@example.com (02) 9288 1234 Online Graduate recruitment portal 60-65 Intake 1: 32* Intake 2: 32* 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August – September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: December 2018 Intake 2: July 2019 25-30 Yes, subject to having legal right to work in Australia Yes Yes
K & L Gates klgates.com
Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Intake Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Carla Di Vincenzo – HR Business Partner firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9205 2000 cvMail 15-20 Intake 1: 10* 2: 10* 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: February 2019 Intake 2: June / July 2019 8* No Yes Yes
King & Wood Mallesons kwm.com
Firm contact: Alana Arfi – Graduate Resourcing Consultant Email: Alana.Arfi@au.kwm.com Phone: (03) 9643 5466 Application method: Via our online application system at kwm.com/careers Clerks: Intake numbers vary from year to year. We generally take between 70 to 80 clerks in our Melbourne centre. Positions per intake: Intake 1: 25-27 Intake 2: 25-27 Intake 3: 25-27 Open: 9 July 2018 Close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers made: 18 October 2018 Clerkship period: Summer 1: 22 November to 14 December 2018 Summer 2: 17 January to 8 February 2019 Winter: 27 June to 19 July 2019 Graduate positions: Intake numbers vary from year to year, however we usually take on anywhere between 20 and 25 graduates. The majority of our graduates are generally recruited from our clerkship pool. International students: 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. LIV signatory: Yes Final year students: Yes
Lander & Rogers landers.com.au
Francesca Conquest – Recruitment Manager email@example.com (03) 9269 9000 cvmail.com.au Approx. 25 Intake 1: 9 Intake 2: 7 Intake 3: 9 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 7-10 in Melbourne No Yes Yes
Russell Kennedy Lawyers rk.com.au
Heidi Connell – People & Culture – Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9609 1555 Through firm website 25-30 Intake 1: 8-10 Intake 2: 8-10 Intake 3: 8-10* 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August – September 2018 18 October 2018 Intake 1: November – December 2018 (4 weeks) Intake 2: January – February 2019 (4 weeks) Intake 3: June – July 2019 (3 weeks) 6-7 No Yes Yes
Thomson Geer tglaw.com.au
Amy Goodrope – People & Development Manager P&D@tglaw.com.au (03) 8080 3500 Applications open Monday 9 July 2018 via cvMail or the Thomson Geer website. 6-10 clerks per intake per office Intake 1: 6-10 Intake 2: 6-10 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 September 2018 10.00am 18 October 2018 Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 This is dependent on business needs, but as a guide we would make offers to 10 – 15 graduates. No Yes No
White & Case
whitecase.com/careers/locations/australia Firm contact: Email: Phone: Application method: Clerks: Positions per intake: Open: Close: Interview period: Offers made: 1 Clerkship period: Graduate positions: International students: LIV signatory: Final year students:
Lauren Evans – APAC Recruitment Manager email@example.com (03) 8486 8000 Visit our careers website, whitecase.com/careers/locations/australia You will need to complete an online application form, provide a CV and cover letter, and answer a series of questions. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an interview. 27* Intake 1: 3* Intake 2: 11* Intake 3: 13* 9 July 2018 12 August 2018 August – September 2018 8 October 2018 Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 TBC Yes No Yes
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Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August – September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018
Level 37 101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (02) 9230 4670 allens.com.au/yourcareer HR Manreet Singh – Graduate Resourcing Consultant Student.firstname.lastname@example.org Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Online application – applicants are required to submit a copy of their cover letter, CV, academic transcript and valid visa (if applicable). Two online survey components, a cocktail/networking event and one face-to-face interview. Method of application for Graduate Traineeship We typically recruit our graduates through our clerkship program; however, from time to time we will recruit graduates from open market. We adhere to the LIV Traineeship Guidelines. Clerkship positions available Approx. 80 in Melbourne Intake 1: 25 Intake 2: 25 Intake 3: 25 Please note these numbers are not final, and fluctuate per intake based on candidate availability and preference. Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 70
Recruitment from graduate market Varies from year to year however typically, graduates are recruited through our clerkship program. Applications open: 10 August 2018 Application close: 26 August 2018 Graduates recruited from graduate market: TBC Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: Approx. 30-35 in Melbourne International students considered: Yes LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes About us Work with us and you’ll discover it’s our approach that sets us apart as much as our expertise. We’re supportive, openminded and passionate. With a deep understanding of our clients, we tackle problems from every angle and we’ll do whatever it takes to find a solution. It’s that unwavering commitment that continually builds our expertise and ensures we sustain and enhance longterm client relationships. While our history proves what we’re capable of, we’re not complacent. We will continue to shape the future with and for our clients, our people and our communities. It takes determination, energy and talent to make it to the top of the legal profession. We’ll give you access to the best training and support to help you get there. At Allens, there will be ongoing opportunities to make an impact and drive your career. It’s up to you to make the most of them. Our lawyers are rewarded on expertise, competence and performance rather than time with the firm. You’ll be encouraged to develop skills that extend beyond technical excellence. And you’ll help others to do the same. We’ll make sure that you are ready
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for each promotion with individual career planning, focused training and a clear view of what needs to be achieved at each level. For our legal professionals, careers at Allens are a two-way deal. You’ll be expected to work hard, be driven to succeed and committed to excellence. We’ll be focused on your development and support your career aspirations in return. Practice areas • Banking and Finance; • Competition, Consumer and Regulatory; • Corporate; • Disputes and Investigations; • Intellectual Property and Patents and Trademark Attorneys; • Projects and Development; and • Tax. Seasonal Clerkship Program You’ll work with some of the most experienced lawyers in Australia and experience firsthand the type of work you could do as a lawyer with us. You’ll get to work as part of a team on real matters for our clients. If you’re driven, make the most of the opportunity and get to know our people, you’ll thrive during a clerkship with us. Your development supervisor and buddy will be there to support you and help you grow. Our clerkship program is a stepping stone to bigger things. Many clerks go on to become graduates with us. Graduate Traineeship Program Join our graduate program and embark on a journey of lifelong professional development. You’re in control of your own learning, so you’ll have the flexibility to drive your career with your development supervisor and performance coach as ongoing support. During the graduate program, you’ll learn from some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia. As a Graduate, you’ll complete two 12month rotations in different practice areas. At Allens, we don’t work in silos, so you won’t be limited to working with only one Partner or by your
practice areas. There’s no substitute for the depth of insight that comes from working with different teams. You’ll work on complex transactions with leading organisations. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply for an international secondment via our Linklaters alliance. You’ll benefit from the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program, practical legal seminars during our Cornerstone program, an online learning portal, a personalised induction program, and onthejob training to unlock your potential. We’ll work with you to build a strong foundation of skills and develop the agility needed to become an excellent lawyer and thrive in our everchanging world. What we look for We’re proud that there isn’t an ‘Allens type’. We know that diverse perspectives help solve complex problems, strengthen teams and enrich client relationships. The more you enjoy working with a diverse range of people, the greater your success will be. While we celebrate our differences, it’s important to understand what unites us. Initiative, excellence, commerciality, flexibility and commitment are all attributes that our people have in common. These help us to succeed as a team and individually. Building a culture of inclusion ensures our people can reach their full potential. For us, this starts with strong leadership. Our inclusion and diversity strategy is supported by an Inclusion and Diversity Council, chaired by our Managing Partner. This council provides sponsorship, role-modelling and drives initiatives across our firm. What distinguishes us Working together and working together well: there’s an important difference. It’s a given that we work on complex multijurisdictional projects across Australia and the world through our strategic alliance with Linklaters. But it’s how we do it that makes us different. We work as one team, collaborating across practice areas and 71
disciplines to solve complex problems and build great relationships. It’s what makes Allens a great place to work. Our people play a huge part in our success. We attract and develop exceptional talent and we welcome diversity and individuality. You’ll be given opportunities to grow, learn and succeed, but it’s up to you to make the most of them. We’re well aware that your job satisfaction and our success go hand in hand. You’ll be involved in highprofile, complex work and we’ll provide the very best training throughout your career. We’ll reward your commitment to learning with the flexibility to drive your own career. Recent accolades and recognitions • Allens has been named number one law firm in GradAustralia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers. The comprehensive survey of more than 14,000 university students nominated Allens as the most appealing law firm as a first employer. • Allens was also the only law firm to be named among the top 75 graduate employers in the 2018 Australian Association of Graduate Employers’ (AAGE) Top Graduate Employers list. The AAGE rankings recognise organisations that provide the most positive experience for their new graduates, as determined by the graduates themselves. • We were named Australian Law Firm of the Year for 2017 by leading international legal directory Chambers. What benefits do we offer? We expect a lot from our people, such as real commitment and excellent performance. So it’s only fair that we offer a benefits package that reflects your dedication, provides support and allows for development inside and outside the firm. Our rewards and benefits package is paired with a supportive and inclusive culture to ensure that you have every opportunity to succeed.
Financial benefits: salary sacrifice; salary continuance insurance; Lawyer and Senior Manager incentive plan; novated lease options; employee referral rewards; discounted products and services; discounted health and travel insurance; charity matched funding program. Health and wellbeing: gym membership; subsidised sporting events; skin checks; flu vaccinations; emergency child care; employee assistance program; priority access to childcare. Flexibility and leave: flexible leave options; best practice parental leave support for primary and non-primary carers; top-down support for workplace flexibility. Career development: learning and development programs; secondment opportunities; membership of professional organisations; study leave and support; promotion conferences to equip you with skills for your next career milestone. International opportunities/secondments In 2012 Allens and Linklaters formed an integrated alliance. Although we remain as independent firms, we work closely together for the benefit of our clients around the world. Through the Linklaters alliance, our lawyers now have: • Opportunities to work on multi-jurisdictional matters with a broader range of clients; • Opportunities to work on global deals with market leading lawyers; • Access to global employment opportunities; • International assignment opportunities (short and long term); and • Access to leading training and development. Each year, graduates have the opportunity to spend their second year in either London, Hong Kong or Singapore.
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Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 15-18 International students considered: No LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: No
Level 21 333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9229 9999 abl.com.au abl.grad.careers HR Hayley Brown – Human Resources Consultant email@example.com Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Via the careers page on our website (abl.com.au) or on cVMail (cvmail.com.au) Method of application for Graduate Traineeship We use the “priority offer” system set out by the LIV to provide offers to candidates who have clerked with us. Applications are made via cVMail. Clerkship positions available 45-50 Intake 1: 15-17 Intake 2: 15-17 Intake 3: 15-17 Key Dates Intake 1: 19 November – 14 December 2018 Intake 2: 21 January – 15 February 2019 Intake 3: 24 June – 19 July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: Late August – September 2018 Offers released: 10.00am Thursday 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No 76
About us Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) is a premium Australian commercial law firm renowned for advising clients on their most significant legal matters: high-stakes transactions, litigation and commercial issues. Our standing within the legal profession has been built over more than 60 years. While our storied history is long, we are a modern firm. We see the law as an instrument of change, as a way forward. Our partners and lawyers are often at the centre of law reform and regularly advise on landmark matters. We offer legal advice and support to a diverse range of clients however we are best known for advising entrepreneurial businesses (ASX-listed, family owned and international) and for our work with private clients. We also work with international corporations with interests in Australia and enjoy long-standing relationships with a select group of other professional advisors − including accountants, private equity firms, insolvency practitioners, private bankers and overseas-based specialist law firms. Practice areas We organise our practice groups to allow our lawyers to be broad generalists, our groups are split between transactions and disputes. From the client perspective, our services cover: • banking & finance; • competition; • corporate & commercial; • dispute resolution & litigation; • native title & public interest law; • property & development; • reconstruction & insolvency;
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taxation; technology & intellectual property; and workplace advisory.
Seasonal Clerkship Program At ABL, we have three clerkship intakes that coincide with university holidays. We aim for around 15-17 clerks in each intake, so you won’t get lost in the crowd. Essentially, our clerkship program is a condensed version of our graduate experience − you’ll be immersed in our culture, be given real work, real responsibility and real contact with partners and clients in meetings, calls and court hearings. Our clerks (and grads) are allocated supervisors and buddies. The buddy is your go-to support person for any questions that arise from day to day. During your clerkship, we arrange a number of extra-curricular activities such as dinners with our current grads and lunches with different groups across the firm (including a team lunch, firm-wide legal staff lunch and a special partner lunch). A recent addition to our clerkship program includes a day out with one of our clients. We find that this unique experience connects the dots for clerks to see and meet the people that lie at the heart of the firm’s identity. It also provides the opportunity to hear from our clients about why they have chosen ABL and what they’re looking for when they come to us for legal advice.
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Your contribution will be valued and you will be supported in your personal and professional growth. At ABL, we are very proud of our in-house graduate training program. Our grads don’t go off to PLT (Leo Cussen or College of Law) − instead they learn from our best and brightest Partners and Senior Associates, who are leaders in their respective fields. The SLT (supervised legal training) program is run to be practical, engaging and designed to upskill our lawyers for practice. The training program is a real point of difference, and something our graduates genuinely enjoy about their overall graduate experience. Training is scheduled (usually) once a week. This means that you aren’t away from the office for long periods of time, and can be involved in matters throughout the duration of your graduate year. What we look for We look for exceptional people who are seeking, and can provide, something extraordinary. We value good grades and intelligence, as well as life experience, lateral thinking, imagination and a passion for the law. Work experience and extracurricular activities show your ability to manage your time. We look for people who know how to use initiative and accept shared responsibility for their career development.
Graduate Traineeship Program When you join Arnold Bloch Leibler as a graduate, you will immediately experience our firm’s point of difference.
The other personal qualities we consider are a willingness to learn, sense of humour and preparedness to assume responsibility. We also like to know why you’re interested in us, so please tailor your covering letter to explain why you’ve chosen to apply to ABL.
From your very first day, you will work alongside thought leaders in the profession on important and complex cases that will provide opportunities to flex your thinking, offer direct input and gain indepth knowledge. Your opinions will be respected and you’ll be given autonomy to progress matters.
What distinguishes us ABL is well known for being the go-to firm when it matters. We pride ourselves on providing strategic guidance and solving complex problems related to our clients’ commercial interests, legal position and reputation. This means that our legal staff 77
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are exposed to interesting and varied work where they can fully utilise their skills and potential. We do not try to be everything to everyone − rather, we strive for excellence in our chosen areas of expertise. We encourage our employees to bring their whole selves to work each day, recognising that diversity of thought, background and life experience all contribute to our distinctive culture and the solutions we deliver for each of our clients. Diversity Our approach and longstanding deep commitment to diversity and inclusion has been, and will always be, a clear and significant aspect of the firm’s culture and a key contributor to our enduring success. Our ongoing diversity initiatives are far-reaching, and include support for working parents, gender pay equity, policy information and education on a wide variety of topics, cross-cultural awareness training, our internal Reconciliation Action Plan committee, among many more. Work/life balance At ABL, we don’t expect people to remain in the office at the end of the day for the sake of being seen. We want our people to enjoy their life outside work – after all it’s our diversity of thought and experience that binds us, produces our collegiate culture and ensures our success. We support a variety of health & wellbeing events and initiatives, which include sponsoring fun runs and sports teams, providing fresh fruit daily, our fully subsidized gym membership, flexible work practices among many more. Pro bono work At ABL, we proudly have a stand-alone pro bono practice group, led by partner, Peter Seidel. All lawyers at the firm are given the opportunity to get involved with pro bono work. The firm engages with many not-for-profit and charitable organisations that are active in communal, social, health, research, religious and environmental sectors.
In 2016, ABL was identified by the Australian Pro Bono Centre as having made the largest contribution to community service of any law firm of any size in Australia. Our Pro Bono hours were nearly double the national average for law firms with more than 50 FTE lawyers, and more than double the voluntary target of hours per lawyer. This was recognized in 2017, when we were awarded the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Pro Bono Program of the Year for our unparalleled work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organizations. Pro bono work is an inherent part of the firm’s DNA and we do it because it is the right thing to do. The firm is deeply committed to indigenous constitutional recognition and reconciliation.
Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 18-20 International students considered: No LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes
Level 26 181 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9679 3000 ashurst.com/careers HR Joanne Dean – HR Manager, National Graduate Programs firstname.lastname@example.org Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Via website Method of application for Graduate Traineeship N/A Clerkship positions available 120 – 130 seasonal clerkships nationally. Roughly 60-70 of those are in the Melbourne office Intake 1: 18-22 Intake 2: 18-22 Intake 3: 18 Key Dates Intake 1: TBC Intake 2: TBC Intake 3: TBC Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August – September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No
About us Our strengths As a global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years, we’ve established ourselves as a leading adviser to corporates, financial institutions and governments, on all areas of the law including finance, M&A, disputes and competition. We’re renowned for helping our clients navigate through a complex and constantly evolving global landscape. With 25 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres, we offer the reach and insight of a global network combined with deep local market knowledge. Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the expertise, industry experience and regional knowhow to provide the incisive advice our clients need. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multijurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and for delivering outstanding outcomes for clients. Practice areas • Corporate Transactions (M&A); • Corporate Projects (Infrastructure, Environment & Planning, Native Title); • Disputes (including Employment, IP/TMT and Dispute Resolution); and • Finance (including Banking and Insolvency) Seasonal Clerkship Program Want to know exactly what our work is like? For many of our future graduates, that variety of experience begins with a seasonal clerkship, which will give you an intensive insight into life at Ashurst. The aim of our clerkships is to expose you to as much real work as possible, to help you make an
informed decision about whether this is the right firm (and career) for you. For that reason, we’ll allocate you a supervisor and a buddy who can explain their work to you, include you in meetings and conference calls, and give you tasks to tackle. Depending on the office you join, you’ll spend time in either one or two practice areas. After completing your clerkship, you’ll have the opportunity to express interest in being considered for a place on our graduate programme. Graduate Traineeship Program Variety is key to developing the kind of expertise that will set you apart – through both the training you receive and the experience you gain. A thorough induction will kick off our programme, introducing you to all the resources you’ll need to support your work and training. Over the course of the 18-month graduate programme, you’ll enjoy a mix of classroom and on-the-job experience. In collaboration with you, we plan three rotations of six months each and review that plan at regular intervals. Each rotation starts with a handover and training, complete with technical expertise, so you know exactly what to expect. What we look for There’s absolutely no Ashurst “type”. We want to actively involve a broad range of minds with a broad range of backgrounds, all united by a common set of strengths. • A passion to develop a career in an elite international law firm • Outstanding communication skills • Analytical ability, motivation, determination and drive • Commercial awareness • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
Diversity and inclusion We aim to be renowned internally and by our peers for diversity. A commitment to best practice in diversity and inclusion will facilitate the achievement of our long-term business strategy and leverage the people and culture which are our key strengths. The Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group is chaired by the managing partner and advises the board and executive team on implementation of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. The partner members are drawn from across practice areas and global regions to ensure a representative range of views. They work closely with the diversity team to review action plans, advise on areas of priority and ensure that the board and executive team are fully engaged in the firm’s diversity programme. The main areas of focus include: • Gender • LGBTI • Disability & Resilience • Multiculturalism Work/life balance and/or flexible working arrangements Ashurst recognises the importance of balancing work with your life outside of the office and our firm offers a number of initiatives to support you with this. You may be interested in joining one of our many social sporting teams, access our corporate gym memberships or take the opportunity to participate in a fun run event on behalf of the firm to ensure that you are getting the time you need outside of the office as well as having the chance to build your networks and friendships within the firm. We also recognise the way we work and how we work has changed dramatically over the years and to address these changes and recognise the role that flexibility plays in work life balance, we are pleased to launch our new initiative ‘Smarter Working’ which redefines our approach to flexibility. Our staff and partners will now be empowered to work more efficiently and flexibly and in a way that is consistent with the requirements of our clients and teams. This initiative is about being trusted 81
to deliver a best of class service whilst working around personal life patterns and choices. Pro bono work We are committed to creating a leading pro bono practice on a global scale. We consider pro bono as a stand-alone legal practice. This results in quality legal services for our pro bono clients. These legal services are provided in accordance with our established pro bono criteria which states that pro bono is the provision of legal assistance free of charge: • to disadvantaged and marginalised people of limited means; • to non-profit organisations and social enterprises assisting people who are disadvantaged and marginalised, where payment of legal fees would unreasonably deplete the organisation’s economic resources; and • in matters for the public good of broad public or community concern. Our global pro bono and corporate responsibility partner, Sarah Morton-Ramwell, aims for each of our offices to operate a leading national pro bono practice. Sarah also recognises the importance of taking on cross-border pro bono projects which enable our offices to work together to tackle global and regional social justice issues. Alongside our pro bono legal work, we also play an active role around the world in supporting the development of local pro bono culture, infrastructure and collaboration.
Mergers & Acquisitions Eliza Blanford
Senior Associate, Corporate Transactions, Ashurst Pouring over my law school’s clerkship guide in 2005, I probably didn’t dwell too long on the article about specialising in M&A / corporate law. The great thing about a graduate rotation program, such as the one offered at Ashurst, is discovering you enjoy practising in an area of law you might not have considered at university. I decided to settle permanently in Ashurst’s Corporate Transactions team and have never regretted that decision. The scope of work that the Corporate Transactions team is involved in is broad ranging, encompassing public and private M&A, equity capital markets, joint ventures, investment funds, private equity, corporate governance, regulatory matters and general corporate advisory. My day to day work may vary from reviewing a contract involving a pilot program for an innovative power storage solution, assisting with a Foreign Investment Review Board application in relation to a joint takeover bid, negotiating a share sale agreement on behalf of a major bank or advising a charitable organisation on an optimal corporate structure. The variety of work on offer means that there are always new learning opportunities, keeping the level of engagement high. Working on an M&A transaction can be exciting – deals can be fast paced, dynamic and high profile. It is very satisfying being part of the hard working team that achieves a transformational outcome for a client that will shape its future strategy. But also appreciating the benefit of being involved in general corporate advisory work is important – drafting and negotiating a supply contracts requires an understanding of a client’s business, including its commercial drivers and risk appetite. As Ashurst’s Corporate Transactions team is not broken down into work “silos”, there is an opportunity to work with different people and for different clients. Being mentored by some of Australia’s preeminent M&A practitioners has been priceless. At the other end of the spectrum, it is rewarding meeting a new group of graduates each year and helping them develop into amazing lawyers. The training program at Ashurst is comprehensive and ongoing, which has assisted me in strengthening not only my legal skills but also more general skills such as public speaking, project management and coaching and mentoring. Another advantage of working in the Corporate Transactions team is that there is rarely a piece of work that doesn’t involve you needing to draw on the expertise of another practice group, be it tax, banking, disputes, employment or intellectual property. Liaising with other teams helps you to develop your internal networks within the firm and your appreciation of the broader commercial legal landscape. Being part of a firm with a global footprint provides the opportunity to travel within the Ashurst network. I’m yet to take up that opportunity, but many of my colleagues have headed overseas to practice for a few years including to Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Frankfurt. Being based in Melbourne doesn’t limit your opportunity to be involved in cross border transactions though; I’ve had the opportunity to work for international clients and to travel to New York and Hong Kong for transactions. A highlight of my career thus far has been having the opportunity to undertake client secondments. Secondments are an extremely effective way to gain an understanding of a client, and to appreciate the day to day pressures that members of an in-house team face in meeting the needs of their internal clients. Understanding this makes you a better private practice lawyer.
Finally, as an Ashurst lawyer, you are expected to be well rounded. The opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the firm has been one that I have relished, be it captaining our indoor soccer team, helping organise client events, mentoring junior lawyers or perhaps even meeting you in a seasonal clerkship interview sometime soon!
Intellectual Property Geoff McGrath
Senior Associate, Digital Economy (Technology, Media and Telecommunications), Ashurst For me, being able to work in a technology practice was the perfect crossover between my legal education and a keen interest in all sorts of new technologies. What you find is that TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) is an area where you are constantly learning new things. You don’t need to be an engineer or computer programmer to get involved and advise on some of the most interesting and cutting edge technologies out there, and your role as a lawyer is often to think about how the law evolves to deal with these new technologies. The work that you do as a TMT lawyer can be as broad as the technologies you work with, and it is changing every day – sometimes in areas where the law is still trying to play catch up. One day you might be helping to develop smart contracting advice for a fintech company or bank, the next working on delivering internet connectivity over an international submarine cable. The day after that, you could be helping negotiate the agreements for the technologies required for a virtual power plant. Plenty of work in the TMT area focuses on technology contracting and more and more technology contracts underpin major projects with the largest corporates. Working with these companies on large and complex outsourcing agreements, software development projects and all things ‘cloud’. In the telecommunications area, your work might cover Australia’s national broadband network or telecommunications licensing issues, and in the media space you may have the chance to work on defamation claims for media outlets and technology companies. Another area is the rapidly changing data and privacy space. Recent changes to privacy laws in Australia and abroad, along with the increasing value of large sets of data. There is the opportunity to work on high profile data breaches as well as projects touching on interesting data technologies, such as the use of big data and machine learning. One of the things I love about this area is the range of new and interesting matters you have the chance to be involved in, the work can be a learning experience every time. There are plenty of opportunities to work on the disputes side of the fence, however most of my work in TMT tends to be non-contentious or “front end” work. A typical day might include attending negotiations with a technology provider on an information technology services agreement with a client, working with colleagues in London on a large corporate project and advising another client on various privacy issues related to their use of customer data. You have the opportunity to attend and participate in contract negotiations from an early stage, and even if you knew nothing about the project at the start, after spending three months immersed in all the nuances of the agreement it is amazing how much you end up learning in some very technical areas. The Ashurst TMT team (also called Digital Economy) has worked for many of the biggest technology and telecommunications companies in the world on a wide range of matters, from disputes to global advisory projects and various other matters. The partners are very well regarded in their field and the team has top rankings for Australia and a number of other regions.
The team however is incredibly down to earth. Partners and senior lawyers are open to support you, bounce questions off and seek advice from, and you will get to work closely with other team members at various levels on deals and large projects. We often work closely with other areas of the firm such as the Intellectual Property team, and graduates in the team get to experience both the Intellectual Property and TMT areas. The team also works collaboratively across Australia and our international offices. I work regularly with colleagues in our Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and London, and have sought advice from the Ashurst network in Europe and Asia. One of the great benefits of working with an international firm is that there are opportunities to travel across the Ashurst network. I have colleagues that have travelled to Japan, London, Singapore and Hong Kong for secondments and shorter trips throughout their time at the firm, and it is also an opportunity offered early on in your career, sometimes as a rotation through the graduate programme. The other opportunity offered to you is the chance to go on a secondment with clients, something that I have had the chance to do twice in my time at Ashurst. This is a great way to experience another side of legal practice, develop new networks and embed yourself in a new company to see the range of work that they do. Whether the TMT practice is for you or not, I think it is a great area for anyone to experience. With the incredible amount of innovative new technologies being developed every year, it is an area that will certainly become more important in the future, and you get to be involved in some really cutting edge projects. Even if you’re not a ‘techie’ there’s definitely a lot about the TMT area that can catch your interest!
Intellectual Property Will Scott
Lawyer, Intellectual Property, Ashurst
Having been interested in intellectual property law at university, one of the common sentiments I encountered was “IP is for lawyers with scientific backgrounds”. This was concerning to a student whose crowning scientific achievement was a participation award in a middle-school science project competition. To those of you who now have similar concerns, fear not, all you need is an inquisitive mind and an interest in learning. To those of you who actually possess scientific qualifications, rest assured, it will not be for nothing if you pursue a career in IP. Just be ready to lend your knowledge to the rest of us when we come knocking! One of the benefits of moving through different teams during a graduate rotation program, such as the one offered at Ashurst, is being exposed to the different kinds of work done by those teams on a day to day basis. Often lawyers will describe themselves as being either “transactional lawyers” or “litigators” depending on their team’s work. However, my decision to settle permanently in Ashurst’s Intellectual Property team was based not only on my interest in the subject matter, but the fact that I would get to advise on both transactions and disputes at once. While many commercial lawyers will tell you that the scope of their work is broad ranging (and that is often true), by its nature, intellectual property work will almost always involve questions and problems that you will not have encountered previously. I have quickly learned that the application of principles in IP law is rarely black and white, more often requiring some exercise of judgment based on the particular facts at hand. This extends beyond simply applying the law, as advising a client on the best strategy to achieve its goals requires a keen understanding of the commercial elements of the situation. One advantage of this is that IP lawyers will never be replaced by artificial intelligence! Moreover, the term “intellectual property” encompasses a range of areas of law which, in practice, are quite distinct from each other. While patent, copyright, trade mark and design law all deal with rights in some form of intangible “property”, they often involve the application of different (and sometimes opposite) principles. Considering the added diversity of working on both transactions and disputes work, in my time at Ashurst I have never felt like I’ve worked on the same matter twice. As a junior lawyer, you are encouraged and given the opportunity to gain experience across all of these areas. For these reasons, it’s actually quite difficult to describe my “usual” workload. One day I might be advising a pharmaceutical company on its freedom to bring a generic version of a drug to market, on another I’ll be attending a mediation to resolve a copyright dispute regarding a film script. I might be instructing in the Federal Court in a case involving the unauthorised reproduction of house plans, or I might be trawling Facebook and the Internet for evidence in a trade mark dispute. I could be interviewing an expert on laser sensors in baggage processing systems, or helping draft a research agreement for a university. I also help manage the international trade mark portfolios of clients in the consumer goods, entertainment, and financial services industries. The range of work I have been exposed to has also taught me things that would make my middle-school science teacher proud. For example, I could tell you the advantages of the formulation of that medication you’re taking, the way the radios used by emergency services cut through a sea of ‘white noise’, and a brief history of the manufacture of aircraft tyres in Australia (once we had discussed the latest episode of Married at First Sight of course).
Then there are the people in the team. I’m lucky to have been mentored by some of the pre-eminent practitioners in IP law in Australia. It was initially comforting to learn that a number of accomplished lawyers in the team did not come from a science background, and I have benefitted not just from what they now know of the law, but their advice on how they approached their learning. Aside from the expertise of the team, the partners foster an environment of support and development (on a professional and personal level). Both senior and junior members go out of their way to connect with each other on a human level, and the team has a reputation for its inclusive culture. In terms of the broader firm, being part of a firm with a global footprint provides the opportunity to travel within the Ashurst network. Many of my colleagues have headed overseas to practice, including to Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, London. Having a broad range of experience and skills from having worked in IP law opens up many opportunities abroad. However, being based in Melbourne doesn’t limit your opportunity to be involved in cross border transactions and disputes. A number of matters I have worked on involved large clients from the US, Japan and even Brazil! Finally, as an Ashurst lawyer, you are expected to be well rounded. To that end, I have enjoyed being able to balance my work with heading up the Melbourne office’s Sports Committee. This involves facilitating regular sporting teams and events, including entries to the Corporate Games, fun runs, mixed futsal and mixed netball. Regardless of whether you are currently interested in IP law, have studied it or not, or are even sure of whether you want to work at a commercial law firm, I highly recommended giving it some thought. I can almost guarantee that some aspect of the work will capture your interest!
Environment Jane Hall
Senior Associate, Corporate Projects, Ashurst
Being a frustrated vet at heart, I decided to study Science, with a major in Zoology. However, I could not envisage myself standing knee deep in streams sampling for bugs as my path in life either. Given I had high enough results to study Law, I decided to enrol in a combined Science/Law degree. Far from being second fiddle to my Science subjects, I loved studying Law from the start. Even Legal Process! I therefore considered ways to combine my love of the natural environment and Law, and came up with an excellent solution – environmental law. Having completed a number of clerkships around town in environmental teams, I decided that Ashurst was the place for me, given it had (and still has) the pre-eminent environmental law practice in Melbourne. I started my Articles in 2000, and here I am, 18 years later, still in the Environmental team at Ashurst in Melbourne. First and foremost, the quality of the clients and matters I have had the opportunity to work on during my career have been fantastic. One highlight has been lead lawyer for Ashurst on the environmental aspects of the sale of an oil and resources client’s downstream business in Australia, which included a two week trip to London and the opportunity to sit at the deal table. My particular interest, is contaminated land transactions. However, my practice is very broad and diverse and includes environmental prosecutions and enforcement activities by the EPA, obtaining environmental and planning approvals for major developments (including approvals under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)), instructing at Planning Panels Hearings, heritage, water law, land valuation, renewable energy, transport, land acquisition, and due diligence of major businesses. I have even have to learn about the regulation of gold mines in Solomon Islands. My practice is also not restricted to Victoria – I am currently involved in a number of matters from other Australian jurisdictions, including major transactions involving assets all around the country. I also have a variety of work types, including transactional work such as contract drafting and due diligence, as well as advice work and Tribunal and Panel hearings. Our team is therefore constantly busy, given we are not beholden to the next big transaction coming through the door. My work also enables me to work closely with other teams within the Firm, including the Corporate Transactions, Property, Native Title, Infrastructure, and Energy and Resources teams around Australia. Outside of my work, I have also become heavily involved with the Women’s Networking Committee, which arranges networking sessions and events to foster networking and learning opportunities, both within the Firm and externally, with a view to building on the diversity initiatives being actively implemented by the Firm. I work flexibility, four days a week, and am able to share my experiences as a senior associate at the firm both within the network but also through my involvement in the firms campus recruitment. Additionally, I am a member of the Australian Land and Groundwater Association and the Law Institute of Victoria’s Environmental Issues Committee, so I also get a lot of opportunities to mix with other professionals in the environmental service industry. In short, I love what I do, the people I work with, and the opportunities that working at the global Firm that Ashurst now is brings. 89
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Applications close: 12 August 2018 at 11.59 pm Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 from 10.00am Recruitment from graduate market No
Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: Approx. 6-8 International students considered: Yes LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes
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About us Baker McKenzie is the largest law firm in the world operating in the Asia-Pacific region, Continental Europe and Latin America. We have 78 offices in 47 countries.
Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Applications for Seasonal Clerkships should be submitted via our website www.bakermckenzie. com/ Australia#careers
At Baker McKenzie, we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Our story is one of imagination, determination and hard work. Like no other law firm, we were born global, so thinking and working globally is embedded in our culture. For more than 60 years, our people have helped nurture our unique global organisation. We have followed clients into new markets, each time establishing offices driven by local lawyers and talent. Our growth has been organic, giving us a strong, common culture that runs through our Firm. We understand the challenges of the global economy. Our commitment to excellence underpins our path to success.
Level 19 181 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9617 4200
Method of application for Graduate Traineeship We generally recruit the majority of our Graduates through our previous Clerks. Clerkship positions available Approx. 20 Intake 1: 7 Intake 2: 7 Intake 3: 6 Of course, this number may change according to business needs and preferences indicated by Seasonal Clerks, but we would generally look at approximately 6 - 8 Clerks per intake. Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 (4 weeks) Intake 2: January – February 2019 (4 weeks) Intake 3: June – July 2019 (4 weeks) Applications open: 9 July 2018 at 9.00 am 92
Many of our Seasonal Clerks, Graduates and lawyers say that the reason they join us is because of our people and culture. In Melbourne, the size of our office enables everyone to get to know each other - plus we have the benefit of a strong global connection to our other offices, offering something unique and special to our people. Our people are genuinely friendly and diverse, and enjoy coming to work everyday. Our social and sports committee contribute to the Firm’s social glue - offering
regular Firm drinks, events and sporting activities. We also offer a range of social and financial benefits (including massages, discounted movie tickets, study assistance, corporate discounts, etc.). Practice areas Locally and globally, Baker McKenzie works on significant and high profile matters, for leading local and global clients. We have the experience, knowledge and expertise, both at a local and global level, to meet complex demands from our clients. Our key areas of practice in the Melbourne office are: Banking & Finance; Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity); Commercial Real Estate; Construction; Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Insolvency; Employment & Industrial Relations; Energy, Resources, Infrastructure & Corporate; Environmental Markets; and Technology, Communications & Commercial. Seasonal Clerkship Program At Baker McKenzie, our Seasonal Clerks experience life as a junior lawyer with our Firm. Right from the start, you get involved in real work and are given real responsibility, just like our junior lawyers. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings and telephone calls, client events and shadowing, and you will often have the opportunity to deal with clients directly. Working with lawyers of all levels, you will be guided by a supervising Partner and Associate ‘buddy’. With the Firm’s strong culture of mentoring, you will receive coaching and feedback throughout your Clerkship. You are supported at every stage by Talent Management who facilitate a comprehensive development program for you, starting with induction and skills development (including sessions on library/research, technology, drafting, business communication, networking and other skills crucial to ensuring you succeed during your Clerkship). You will also develop practical and legal
skills through our national learning program for junior lawyers and various Firm-wide sessions. There are also many opportunities to network with colleagues around the Firm – through various programs and social events. After your Clerkship, you are invited to apply for a Research Clerk or Paralegal role and attend various social events to stay connected with the Firm. And those who accept a Graduate offer can apply for an International Clerkship with one of our overseas offices. Graduate Traineeship Program When you join Baker McKenzie as a Graduate, we know you want to be working with clients on real work right from the start, so we support you to hone your skills and develop your experience as quickly as possible. We also pair each Graduate with a supervising Partner and an Associate “buddy” in each rotation to maximise on-the-job and formal learning. We work with each Graduate to create a tailored development plan targeting five areas — legal knowledge and expertise, planning your career, business development & client service, people & self-management and the business of law. To help you reach your goals, we offer targeted learning opportunities — from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as drafting and presenting. We also invest in your development by covering the costs of your Practical Legal Training and through our Graduate professional development program, to ensure you get the best possible foundation for your career. Additionally, we bring Graduates across our Australian offices together for various training programs to help our people foster networks across the Firm. Our regional practice group structure means our lawyers attend regional practice-specific training 93
in our Asia Pacific offices and, shortly after our Graduates finish their Graduate Program, they travel overseas to attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level Associates from the region. What we look for Baker McKenzie looks for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand our unique offering and position in the market. We look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who like taking responsibility and getting things done; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; who seek a friendly, diverse, and inclusive culture; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities. What distinguishes us Baker McKenzie’s difference is in our unique values - our passion for being global, our culture of friendship, our commercial pragmatism, our support for entrepreneurship, our commitment to development, our focus on contributing to the community, and our genuine focus on maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment for all of our people. But one of our key differences is that, unlike other firms, we were ‘born global’. Our practices and culture are well established and integrated globally, which is why many clients and lawyers choose to work with us. We also have a global approach to development. Because we’ve been global from the beginning, we have well established regional and global programs and a deeply embedded culture of knowledge sharing, support and mentoring both within and across offices.
Our global development roadmap, the Development Framework, clearly explains what success looks like at each career stage at Baker McKenzie. It shapes the way we recruit, select, develop, manage and promote our lawyers. For you, it means always having a clear career roadmap, empowering you to plan and drive your development – formally and on the job – at every stage. Our lawyers benefit from an Australian professional development curriculum based on the Development Framework – from black letter law to practicespecific skills and knowledge development at the local, regional and global levels. Our lawyers also attend regional training and events/conferences relating to their practices to help develop networks and legal skills. Further, they attend regional transition programs at each career stage which provide development in the key skills our lawyers need – like people leadership, business development and project management – and which enable them to foster relationships with international peers at the same career stage. Recently, programs have been held in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. We also provide our lawyers with opportunities to attend USA summer school courses and scholarships for full-time legal study overseas. In addition, the Firm offers opportunities for lawyers at varying stages of their career to work directly for clients or with our other offices in the Asia Pacific region and globally. In the last few years, we have placed lawyers in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Stockholm, Chicago, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Jakarta, Myanmar, and of course, we have had lawyers across our network come to work with our Melbourne office too.
Pro bono work Pro Bono and Community Services initiatives are an integral part of our mission. Our CSR programs aim to inspire employees to make a difference and collaborate with clients who share the same commitment to social justice. Our employees are actively encouraged to undertake pro bono work. We believe that the provision of pro bono legal services is a fundamental professional responsibility. We are a signatory to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer per year. Our lawyers regularly undertake a wide range of pro bono legal work for disadvantaged clients as well as not-for-profit organisations. We assist victims of domestic violence seek compensation; represent asylum seekers in Court who seek judicial reviews of decisions relating to their refugee status; assist asylum seekers prepare their statements in support of protection visas; help the elderly, seriously ill clients, and young people exiting the child protection system with their legal affairs; work with various organisations to prepare submissions and advocacy papers to support law and policy reform; present legal workshops to vulnerable and at risk youth; and much more. Our pro bono work extends globally, including the Asia Pacific region.
More specifically, the type of work that Clerks get involved in includes drafting correspondence, preparing Court documents, drafting advices or agreements, document review tasks, attending client meetings, attending Court/mediations, attending meetings with counsel, attending meetings with expert or other witnesses, attending settlements, preparing client alerts - and of course, you get to put to work those excellent skills which you gain at university - undertaking legal research, preparing memoranda and preparing case summaries. Our Clerks also have the opportunity to participate in community service initiatives and pro bono files.
Employees also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service initiatives including the MacChat program run by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and various awareness and fundraising initiatives for our nominated charities. What type of work a Seasonal Clerk will undertake As set out above, you will immediately get involved in real work, be given real responsibility and autonomy, and have direct client exposure, just like our Graduates and junior lawyers.
Mergers & Acquisitions Eliza Mcdonald
Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie
After completing my three rotations in Corporate, Dispute Resolution and Banking & Finance as a Graduate, I chose to pursue my career in our Corporate team, specifically undertaking Mergers & Acquisitions work (or ‘M&A’ as it is more commonly known). I chose to pursue this area of law as I found it rewarding to be a part of cutting edge transactions which shaped our clients’ businesses - particularly well known local and global clients which were frequently in the media. I also really liked the variety of work and industries which I dealt with. Over the last five or so years, as an M&A lawyer at Baker McKenzie, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of high-profile, complex, multi-jurisdictional deals. My work has primarily focussed on private M&A work, in particular global carve outs, which has provided exposure to large sophisticated clients who are innovative and challenging in their deal making. Our Corporate team also undertakes public M&A, Capital Markets and Global Reorganisations work and Graduates and Seasonal Clerks who rotate through the group are generally able to experience all of these areas and actively get involved in transactions (not just limited to due diligence!). What I love about the work is that it’s always interesting. I’ve worked with a diverse array of companies across the globe, from Venezuela to Taiwan, and each new company has its own risks and drivers to understand in order to advise them. It is crucial that M&A lawyers understand these risks and drivers, together with their clients’ industries, to best undertake work such as due diligence and drafting of agreements which are key components of a transaction. I’ve also had the opportunity to work for some of my clients over a number of years and have developed more specialised knowledge in the sectors in which they operate, which is integral to building strong client relationships. It has also been fascinating to learn about a range of industries such as the industrial and fastmoving consumer goods sectors. M&A also provides exposure to a full gamut of legal issues. We frequently work with other specialists within the Firm, whether it be our tax colleagues giving advice which impacts on the transaction structure, employment colleagues facilitating the transfer of employees in a business acquisition, or obtaining competition approval to complete a deal. This level of collaboration is not just limited to Australia. Baker McKenzie specialises in cross-border transactions and we routinely work with our overseas colleagues to manage legal issues in multiple jurisdictions. Baker McKenzie prides itself on its global network (with 78 offices in 47 countries) and the global mobility of its lawyers. As a third year lawyer, I had the great opportunity to experience this first-hand when I was seconded to our London office for two years as part of the Firm’s Associate Training Program. This program provided me with the opportunity to live and work in London and extend my legal and business experience in new jurisdictions. While I had regularly been involved in cross-border and global transactions while working in the Melbourne office, I experienced the global nature of the Firm to an even greater extent during my time in the London office. It was quite common for our London office to run a transaction where no material element of the transaction related to any of the jurisdictions in the UK. This is because many 96
European deals are governed by English law and/or a large number of head offices of our clients are based in London. Accordingly, I extended my experience to many other jurisdictions beyond the UK - for example, during my time in London I worked on a large number of South American transactions and dealt with clients and our offices across that region on almost a daily basis! During my time with the Corporate team in London, I was also involved in several deals which enabled me to gain experience working on large global carve outs while developing personal and professional relationships with my colleagues in cities such as Guadalajara, Santiago, New York, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong and Caracas, just to name a few. I still stay in touch with many of these colleagues today and it has been great to have a point of contact if I am working on a deal involving these offices. The opportunity to develop personal connections with my overseas colleagues has been further enhanced through the Firmâ€™s regional training programs, which bring together Associates from across the Asia Pacific region to further enhance our professional development and business development skills through knowledge sharing and co-operation. In addition, whilst based in our London office, I also attended regional M&A training held in Barcelona, which provided me with a wonderful opportunity to understand the comparative law positions of the various jurisdictions throughout the European, Middle East & Africa region and also the current trends in M&A. If you are commercially focussed and enjoy working on challenging, varied work across a range of industries, I recommend a career in M&A. And for a dynamic legal career, that will literally take you places, join our team at Baker McKenzie Australia!
International Clerkships with Baker McKenzie Daniel Conti
Graduate at Law, Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie resonated with me, on a number of levels, as an ideal Firm to begin my legal career because of its high calibre international and cross-border work; its friendly and collegiate culture; and its outstanding opportunities to work and undertake training overseas. I undertook a Summer Clerkship in 2017 with the Melbourne office’s Corporate team and was fortunate to receive a Graduate position with the Firm later that year. Subsequently, I was excited to be selected to undertake a four-week International Clerkship with the Firm’s London office, prior to commencing as a Graduate in Melbourne. Having expressed a strong desire to gain some exposure to international Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Capital Markets, the prospect of spending two weeks in the London office’s M&A group and two weeks in its Structured Capital Markets (SCM) group was a fantastic opportunity. While the M&A and SCM practice groups in London are incredibly busy, they are very supportive and friendly. Having made the long trip over to London, it was comforting that I could make a smooth and seamless transition into the office and immediately become involved in a plethora of matters. In addition to assisting both teams with research and advisory work, I had the opportunity to work on two incredibly interesting matters. Whilst working in the M&A team, I was fortunate to be involved in advising one of the Firm’s longstanding clients on its multi-billion dollar acquisition of the personal care and homecare brands of a Latin American consumer goods company. The deal involved 10 Latin American jurisdictions, an incredible amount of coordination and the consideration of many other areas of law (such as tax, competition and intellectual property). This significant deal allowed me to fully appreciate Baker McKenzie’s capability and capacity to facilitate such a strategic yet complex transaction. Whilst working with the SCM team, I was fortunate to be a part of concluding a USD$500m note issuance by an Eastern European bank on the Irish Stock Exchange. I also had the opportunity to attend a number of client meetings, professional development sessions on emerging areas of law and possible reform, and an energy derivatives trading conference where I represented the Firm! Of course, I was also able to fit in some travel in my downtime! For anyone who has been to London, you would know it is laden with history and culture. To that end, I visited many museums (including the world-renowned Natural History Museum), numerous landmarks (such as Westminster Abbey and Wembley Stadium) and, of course, a number of fantastic pubs - to soak up the British’s love for sport! I am very grateful, especially at such an early stage in my career, for the opportunity to have undertaken an International Clerkship with our London office - and to have built my knowledge, experience and global network. I look forward to continuing to build my career with the Firm in the years to come!
International Clerkships with Baker McKenzie Alex Hewitt
Graduate at Law, Baker McKenzie
After completing a Summer Clerkship with Baker McKenzie during February 2017, in the Firm’s Technology, Communications and Commercial group, I was fortunate to receive a Graduate position with the Firm. I was then thrilled to be awarded an International Clerkship, which I completed in February 2018. Having enjoyed Intellectual Property (IP) at uni, I expressed my keen interest in experiencing Baker McKenzie’s strong global IP practice, which was also one of the key reasons I was attracted to the Firm. As there was a considerable amount of interesting work being undertaken in Hanoi, I was sent to work with the IP team in that office. My experience as an International Clerk with Baker McKenzie was overwhelmingly positive. From the outset, I found it easy to transition into my role in the Hanoi office, particularly as the Firm’s systems and styles are largely common throughout its different jurisdictions. Having worked with other global law firms, I know that this is quite unique to Bakers and speaks volumes to its global integration. Baker McKenzie’s IP practice in Hanoi is busy and constantly expanding. My team worked with clients from a multitude of different countries such as Japan, Korea, the USA and countless others. Each client was eager to invest in Vietnam’s developing economy and the Hanoi IP team was kept busy assisting these clients grow their businesses in Vietnam. During my time in the team, I was able to assist with several franchising matters for large companies who were expanding into the territory. Similar to my Clerkship in Melbourne, I worked on tasks such as letters of advice to clients and attended client meetings. The most exciting tasks I worked on were Trademark and Copyright Reports, which I helped draft for our clients - these reports outlined the likelihood of a breach of the client’s IP rights (based on police reports and undercover investigations!). Of course, in my leisure time, I was also able to explore all that Hanoi had to offer. I tried local dishes including ‘Balut’ (or ‘half-developed duck egg’ – not for the faint hearted), many different varieties of fried insects, and of course indulged in the more well-known Vietnamese dishes such as Banh Mi. The greatest highlight though was the Tet party which I was fortunate enough to attend, given the timing of the Lunar New Year. Everyone in the Firm dressed in the traditional costume of a country where Baker McKenzie has an office. Given the Firm has 78 offices across 47 countries, this led to some very diverse and creative costumes, the best of which were showcased in a fashion parade! I learnt so much during my time in the Firm’s Hanoi office, and made some incredible friendships, which I know I will keep in the coming years. Cam o’n (thank you) Baker McKenzie - I am incredibly appreciative to have had this experience!
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1 Bligh Street Sydney NSW 2000 (02) 9353 4000 claytonutz.com/graduates HR Alison Tassiou People & Development Consultant email@example.com (03) 9286 6955 Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Via our Graduate Website: claytonutz.com/graduates Method of application for Graduate Traineeship We generally recruit our graduates from our Clerkship Programs Key Dates Intake 1: 19 November 2018 – 14 December 2018 Intake 2: 24 June 2019 – 19 July 2019 Applications open: 9.00am 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: 10.00am 18 October 2018 Additional information International students: Yes LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes – but please state your reason in your cover letter for not applying within your penultimate year About us Clayton Utz is a leading independent Australian law firm. We help advise some of Australia’s top 102
financial institutions, multinational corporations operating in a range of sectors, and state and Federal government departments and agencies on a wide variety of issues. Historically we were founded here in Sydney in 1833, we are well situated in the market with a strong presence internationally through our ties to other law firms in cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and London. Currently we have over 1300 employees based out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Cairns and Darwin. Practice areas Currently we have 15 practice groups within our commercial law firm. They range from Banking & Financial, Corporate - Mergers and Acquisitions, right though to Environment and Planning, Pro Bono and more recently an emphasis in Forensic and Technology Services. Seasonal Clerkship program We run two Clerkship Programs in Melbourne every year. Our next intakes are: • Summer: 19 November 2018 - 14 December 2018 • Winter: 24 June 2019 - 19 July 2019 Applications for all our programs are done via our online application form graduates.claytonutz.com/ Once you’ve registered a user name and password, you can complete all the required fields and submit your résumé and a cover letter. Please address your cover letter to the person named in your state’s application process. Graduate Traineeship program It’s not just about wearing a suit No matter how good your law degree, there’s always a gap between theory and practice, and finishing university can be daunting. How do you make the jump to working in a commercial law firm?
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 rotation program means you’ll 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 approach to learning & development, you’ll get the support you need to become the best you can be. With our Graduate Program you’ll get… • 3 rotations of six months in our national practice groups; • mentoring from some of the best lawyers in the country; • a buddy who’ll give you the inside information; • meaningful performance feedback so you know you’re on the right track; • continuing legal education programs and professional development support so you can become the lawyer you want to be; • the chance to participate in our Community Connect and Pro Bono programs and really give back; and • social and sporting activities, because we know it’s not all work and no play.
we’d enjoy working alongside. We want clerks and graduates who embody the firm’s behavioural values of trust, respect and co-operation and our foundation value of highest ethical standards in all that they do. What distinguishes us It always starts with people. At Clayton Utz, we’ve built a team of down-to-earth, collaborative lawyers. We offer sharp legal minds and clear advice, and exceptional client service. This offers our graduates the opportunities to work on cuttingedge, complex transactions and litigation with lawyers who are recognised as leaders in their fields. We also provide first-class training and development to support our lawyers. As the top pro bono law firm in Australia, and one of the top in the world, clerks and graduates will also have the chance to contribute to our pro bono practice and help make a difference to the individuals and organisations it supports. Lawyers are expected to conduct pro bono work and this is part of their performance review. Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different skills, interests, personalities and capabilities. We are committed to an inclusive culture in which all of our people are recognised for their unique contributions and are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential.
What we look for 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.
Diversity at Clayton Utz includes diversity of thought, background, experience, personal circumstances, education, religion, sexuality, gender, age, ethnicity and ability/disability. That diversity helps to generate new ideas, creates more effective teams and relationships, and is a key enabler to attract, develop and retain the very best people.
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! Most importantly, we are looking for people
Diversity and inclusion is integral to our culture which is founded on the values of trust, respect and co-operation.
International opportunities/secondments We have a domestic mobility policy to support employees who want to move to other Clayton Utz offices, permanently or temporarily. We also have secondment programs with various leading law firms around the world that see Clayton Utz lawyers living and working in London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and India (CU Abroad program). Pro bono work Pro bono is a fundamental part of Clayton Utz. Our pro bono practice has always been about access to justice. We act for low income and disadvantaged people who cannot obtain Legal Aid, and for the not-for-profit organisations which support them, no matter where they are in Australia. 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 full-time 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 clientsâ€™ needs; collaborating with the legal assistance sector and other pro bono colleagues; and making pro bono work part of each of our lawyersâ€™ everyday practice.
Major Projects & Construction at Clayton Utz Kate Grutzner Lawyer, Clayton Utz
Why Major Projects & Construction? Clayton Utz’s Major Projects and Construction practice is one of the leading construction practices in Australia. The team has a fantastic range of clients – Federal and State Government departments, major multinational companies, and large contractors – and works on high-profile building and infrastructure projects around the state and the country. The firm is particularly well placed to provide a unique insight into what it’s like to do work with various Government departments, and this is something anyone looking to engage with that kind of work should consider. The firm offers both transactional (“front-end”) and dispute (“back-end”) services, and although most lawyers specialise in one of these areas, both teams work very closely together and provide their insight to achieve the best possible outcomes in both drafting agreements and resolving disputes. As a junior, you will get to experience both advisory and litigious work which will make you a more well-rounded practitioner, and will better inform your understanding in the area that you decide to pursue. Clayton Utz advises a range of clients in the development and implementation of the documentation and arrangements that allow major projects and infrastructure to be built and run. The firm is particularly well known for its work on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) which bring together the public and private sectors to build major infrastructure – many of the roads, railways, ports, prisons, courts and hospitals around the state and the country were built under this model, and Clayton Utz is at the forefront of this area. The skills you learn are invaluable – helping bring together a range of parties to achieve not just a commercial outcome but also an outcome that is for the public good, drafting incredibly complex agreements and seeing the results of your work in a really tangible way. Construction disputes often involve areas of law beyond construction law, such as contract, tort, insolvency and corporations law, so the work is diverse, challenging and exhilarating. In addition to gaining court experience, construction disputes often pass through negotiation, mediation and arbitration before ending up in court. This gives you a broad range of experience and skills in a market where litigation is often a last resort. Why Clayton Utz? Working in the construction team at Clayton Utz provides not only the opportunity to work with supremely talented lawyers and barristers on a daily basis, but the work is exciting, interesting and often involves large teams of people. There is nothing more satisfying than working on a dispute or contract with a large team and seeing all your hard work and collaboration resulting in a deal reaching close or a dispute being settled. Working in Clayton Utz’s construction team, you will often drive along roads you’ve provided advice on and walk past buildings that you wrote the contracts for. Seeing and using the tangible outcomes of the work you do around the city and the country is really satisfying. Because of our reputation, you will get exposure to some of the most high-profile and cutting-edge work a lawyer can do. If you want to really get to know these fantastic clients inside and out, many lawyers in the team have the chance to undertake secondments, gaining a unique insight into the client’s perspective, and a much deeper understanding on how best to service clients. I spent six months at the Office of the Coordinator-General, the government office that overseas four of the State’s flagship infrastructure projects - the Level Crossing Removal Project, the Metro Tunnel Project, the Western Distributor Project and the North East Link Project.
This opportunity gave me a behind-the-scenes look at many of the opportunities and challenges that our clients face, and a real sense of the value of the services that we provide as lawyers - which on the projects we work on are never just legal. The Clayton Utz construction team has something for everybody â€“ both transactional and dispute-resolution opportunities, getting to work with some of the best lawyers and clients in the business, including many Government clients, secondment opportunities, and the chance to see the impact that you and your team have made out in the real world.
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 • a buddy who’ll give you the inside information
• 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.
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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Clerkship positions available Approximately 45 Intake 1: 15 Intake 2: 15 Intake 3: 15
Level 25 567 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9672 3000 corrs.com.au/careers/graduates/ HR Marianne Saliba – People & Performance Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9672 3318 Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship All applications for Graduate and Seasonal Clerk positions should be made via the Corrs website: corrs.com.au/graduates. Corrs has a one phase interview process and a briefing breakfast for candidates who have been interviewed. During the interview you will meet with a Senior Associate, a Partner from a practice group you have expressed an interest in and a member of the People & Performance team. The Briefing Breakfast will be attended by our Partners and Lawyers and is a great opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with our culture and get to know the Corrs family. Method of application for Graduate Traineeship All applications for Graduate positions should be made via the Corrs website: corrs.com.au/graduates Applicants must submit a CV and academic transcript.
Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 Applications open: Monday 9 July 2018 Applications close: Sunday 12 August 2018 Interview period: September – October 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market Generally, Corrs has recruited all positions for the Graduate Development Program through the priority offer system. Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 15-20 International students considered: International applicants must have a permanent residency in Australia in order to be eligible. LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Our preferred year level of applicants are penultimate although we will consider applications from non-penultimate year students. About us Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Australia’s leading independent law firm. We emphasise the independent part because it’s important to who we are and how we work. Independence isn’t just a description of our position in the market, it also describes how we think, our innovative style and bold decision-making. We’ve built a culture of collaboration and excellence where our people are encouraged, supported and trained to be world class. It’s a commitment that has made us a much sought-after and awarded employer.
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We work in an open plan environment, which allows our teams to collaborate more efficiently and has removed the traditional hierarchy structure. This allows our teams to be agile and remain connected, and also encourages our employees to continue being team players, which are some of the fundamental values of our firm. We go beyond the traditional expectations of a law firm to ensure that we are offering our clients not just first class legal advice, but a partnership and commitment to helping them achieve success – both on a national and global scale. We are the most globally connected law firm based in Australia. Our pioneering partnering networks in Asia–Pacific and globally, ensure we support our clients everywhere. We are recognised as a leader in the market for the quality of our advice and commercial outcomes achieved for our clients – we are innovative lawyers. Our people are consistently recognised for outstanding service and results. We do more than advise our clients – we help them adapt to the future. Practice areas Corrs is a corporate law firm, acting for organisations, rather than individuals. The firm works through three main operating divisions: • Corporate, Finance & Tax (Energy & Resources, Corporate Advisory, Banking & Finance and Taxation) • Property & Development (Property & Infrastructure, Environment & Planning and Construction) • Litigation and Workplace Relations (Litigation, Workplace Relations, Intellectual Property, Technology & Competition)
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Seasonal Clerkship Program The Corrs Seasonal Clerkship Program is a great opportunity for you to experience the people, clients, work and culture that differentiates Corrs from other law firms. You’ll have the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading lawyers on high-profile work for major Australian and international clients across all industries. You’ll soon discover the standards of quality and commitment to clients required to succeed at this level. You’ll be exposed to a broad range of interesting matters. You may also conduct research, review and present documents, as well as attend client meetings, mediations and settlements. The variety is enormous, so it’s the perfect way to discover the firm and the area of law that excites you most. Graduate Traineeship Program Our commitment to developing world class lawyers starts at day one. Our Graduate Development Program lays this foundation by providing rich, on the job training with a greater opportunity to work directly with partners and senior lawyers; structured learning; mentoring; and regular feedback. Supervised by partners, you will complete one sixmonth rotation and two 5-month rotations through a variety of practice areas including corporate advisory, banking & finance; litigation & workplace relations; intellectual property, tax, property, infrastructure, construction, planning, environment, and government, as well as pro bono opportunities. You are mentored by senior lawyers and your development is overseen by a dedicated Learning & Development and People & Performance team who work with partners and division leaders to provide you with guidance, ensuring your success. The program begins with Graduate Academy, a national event designed to bring the cohort together to get to know each other, while also learning key 111
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skills through matter simulations and writing and drafting workshops. This three day even delivers professional relationships and friendships that last your years at Corrs and beyond. Then you will commence your Practical Legal Training (PLT) studies and begin your local orientation. What we look for Corrs is a place that celebrates individuals. We’re looking for spirited, determined graduates who think big and like doing things a little differently. In exchange for your energy and commitment we’ll provide extraordinary learning and work opportunities here and on an international stage. We don’t look for a Corrs ‘type’ when we interview potential graduates. Corrs people are individuals, but they do share some traits. Because this is a high performance organisation, Corrs people are good at what they do. They are able to work in a team and bring out the best in the people around them. They want to achieve the best results for the client as well as the firm and they take pride in their work and achievements. Corrs people like to find new ways of doing things and aren’t afraid to be independent and bold in their actions. This is a firm with a sense of purpose, so we’ll probably look for that in you, too. What distinguishes us Corrs is a firm that thinks strategically, not just in its legal work, but also for the firm’s future and the success of its people. Corrs is known for its clear vision and ability to develop and implement strategy, as well as its lawyers’ ability to help clients achieve their business goals. Corrs’ culture of performance excellence drives this achievement and can be seen in our mentoring, coaching and comprehensive learning and development programs, both formal and informal. We draw on the best expertise in Corrs’ own 112
lawyers as well as external specialists to make sure our people never stop learning. The combination of these factors creates a firm that celebrates its independence, is open to new ideas, has the courage to think and act differently from the rest of the market, and thrives on new challenges and opportunities. Our people thrive on this, too. We call it the inspiring workplace. Culture and/or diversity Corrs recognises the value of diversity in the workplace and is strongly committed to providing an inclusive culture that fosters, supports and celebrates diversity. We want everyone at Corrs to feel connected, valued and empowered to succeed so every individual can maximise their potential and contribute to the success of the firm. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is grounded in developing diversity of thought as a driver of improved business performance and enhanced service delivery to clients. It is a central aspect of our recruitment, retention, people development, wellbeing and market development strategies. Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy includes five main strategic objectives: 1. Build an inclusive culture that is vocal, clear and consistent about open acceptance 2. Build and demonstrate strong inclusive leadership skills to leverage diversity 3. Embed diversity, equality and inclusion principles into all our decisions, actions and people focused processes and policies 4. Mainstream flexible working arrangements 5. Engage with clients and industry to build shared value. International opportunities/secondments Our lawyers strengthen our global network and their own careers by participating in the firm’s leading secondment and scholarship programs. We
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invest in unique international experiences to help our lawyers grow their skills, cultural understanding and relationships worldwide from an early stage in their career. Each year, between 10 and 15 lawyers spend from three to 12 months working in one of our global network law firms. This provides an exciting professional experience for Corrs’ best lawyers so that they can immerse themselves in a different culture while gaining international experience and developing valuable relationships. Secondments are arranged in a number of exciting jurisdictions, including the US, UK and Asia. Currently Corrs lawyers are posted in London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Tokyo, Milan, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Jakarta and more. Secondments are also a great way to develop our junior lawyers and provide them with hands on experience. We give our graduates the opportunity to be seconded to Justice Connect for one of their three rotations. This is a great way for them to develop their skills and give back to the community.
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establishments such as Harvard, Columbia and INSEAD. Work/life balance and/or flexible working arrangements The need for flexible working is a key business reality for the firm. We recognise that people may want or need flexible work arrangements for many reasons at varying times in their lives and careers. Our Flexibility@Corrs program was developed with the aim of making flexible work a standard business practice for all employees, regardless of gender or age and without adverse impact on career goals. A range of formal and adhoc flexible work arrangements are available and promoted, including flexible hours, part-time, working remotely, jobshare and purchasing additional leave. We have in place a policy, tools, technology and case studies that support and promote flexible working.
Employee learning and development programs Achieving our goals as a world class law firm requires people with vision, ambition, courage and commitment. We have a workplace that is engaging and truly inspiring, and what we consider to be the most innovative, progressive and supportive people development program in the industry. Our extensive in-house learning and development program will keep your professional skills and technical knowledge up to date. We have a Legal Excellence program, practice group training sessions and career path programs tailored to each level of lawyer. We provide generous support for further undergraduate and postgraduate study. The Corrs Scholarship for Individual Excellence program also gives high performing employees the opportunity to attend short training courses at world class institutions. In the past nine years, around 200 people have travelled to study at 113
The Rise of Class Actions
Matthew Critchley, Partner & Simon Frauenfelder, Senior Associate Corrs Chambers Westgarth
At first glance, Manus Island, infant milk powders, bushfires, real estate investments trusts and bank credit card and overdraft fees have little in common. Except one thing: they have all been the subject matter of large scale representative proceedings – more often called class actions – in the Victorian Supreme Court and Federal Court. Recently, class action regimes have also been enacted in New South Wales (2011) and Queensland (2016). Western Australia is also moving towards enacting its own regime. The spread of these laws recognises something – namely, that class actions are growing in importance in the Australian legal system. For the legal system as a whole, they are important because they provide effective redress for large scale wrongs and they drive innovation in how large complex cases are heard. However, they are also important for individual lawyers – including future lawyers studying today – because they offer a great diversity of high quality, interesting and important work. Why class actions are important for the legal system In each class action, the parties (with the Court’s oversight) frame a class of individuals affected and a set of common questions for the Court to answer. The questions central to class actions are often complex ones of public importance such as: • Who or what caused the damage wrought by large scale disasters, such as the 2011 floods in Queensland or the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires in Victoria? • Were auditors to a multi-billion dollar ASX-listed property trust negligent in preparing their audits and accounts? What effect did that negligence have? • Was a company’s prospectus misleading or defective? What effect did that have when that document was used to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from investors? When class actions result in a final judgment, the defendants and all members of the identified class (who do not opt out) are bound by the answers to those questions. Rather than those same questions being litigated hundreds or even thousands of times, they are decided once and for all. Such efficiency is important in ensuring parties can get legal redress without clogging up the courts. Not all class actions result in a final judgment – in fact most do not. But a properly run class action involves the parties precisely articulating alleged wrongs, investigating those alleged wrongs, and quantifying a sum that compensates for loss caused. Class actions are not broad ranging inquiries into systemic failures – they are not Royal Commissions. But even when they result in a settlement, they are serving an important role in the legal system. How class actions breed innovation in the legal system Necessity is the mother not only of invention, but also of innovation. By their sheer size and complexity, class action proceedings push lawyers to think of better, smarter, more efficient ways to prepare and conduct their cases.
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Take the collapse of agricultural investment scheme Great Southern, which spawned 15 separate group proceedings. These involved 22,000 group members, whose claims related to more than $300,000,000 in loans. Discovery involved over 10,000,000 documents. The trial took 90 days – but it was entirely paperless. The hundreds of folders and thousands of pages of paper were gone. Documents in court were accessed, handled and referred to electronically on large shared screens by up to 35 or 40 solicitors and barristers in the court room. Proceedings of such size, if well run, breed innovation. And the use of technology in class actions proves to even the most sceptical lawyers (and judges) that the technology works. Class actions can make you a better lawyer Beyond the legal system as a whole, class actions are also important for individual lawyers – and lawyers of the future. One of the great benefits of being a litigation lawyer is learning about new and interesting subject matters. Each new matter you work on will see you understand another part of the world. And class actions cover so many varied and interesting areas – in great depth. Class actions will also make you a better lawyer. This is because they are both complex and detailed. The investigation, evidence-gathering, pleading, discovery, evidence and trial preparation are all done in great detail. You will be pushed to understand numerous areas of law and become closely familiar with many different parts of Court procedure. For example, the Judicial College of Victoria recently published an index of all judgments given in the Kilmore East - Kinglake Bushfire Class Action1. In that one class action, there were 52 published judgments covering every aspect of law and procedure – discovery, legal professional privilege, credibility of witnesses, expert evidence and costs – among other things. For the lawyers involved, it meant that they gained broad and invaluable experience – all within in a single class action. Opportunities and obligations In short, class actions are important and becoming even more important. But they do not have a life of their own. Their success depends on the hard work of the lawyers and judges that make them work. The good news is that, for those who are willing to put in that work, class actions provide rewarding and fascinating opportunities for lawyers – and in particular, future lawyers.
Pro Bono & Community at Corrs
Perri Burns, Senior Associate & Lucas Bediaga, Associate Corrs Chambers Westgarth
While life as a graduate is exciting and challenging, it is also undoubtedly a very big learning curve. One of the best things you can do to kick start your development as a lawyer, and to help give back to the community at the same time, is to participate in pro bono work. Getting involved with pro bono work is a fantastic way for you to build your professional skills, and luckily, there are many opportunities to do so as a graduate and seasonal clerk at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In addition to your usual commercial practice, each Corrs graduate joins our Homeless Law pro bono practice, which is run in partnership with Justice Connect. Homeless Law is a specialist legal service that provides free legal assistance and advocacy to people of Melbourne who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Corrs lawyers working on the Homeless Law program attend a weekly clinic where they assist disadvantaged clients with matters relating to their housing and infringements they may have incurred due to their special circumstances. We also assist Justice Connect to advocate for law reform that affects the target client base. Through the Homeless Law program, our junior lawyers quickly develop their advocacy skills by appearing in VCAT as well as in the Magistrates’ Court. They also get practice at drafting letters, negotiating with other parties and communicating effectively with their clients. One Corrs graduate each year also has the opportunity to complete a six month secondment to Justice Connect as part of their graduate rotations. Pro bono work is highly regarded at Corrs and our staff really bond over the matters. It is also extremely rewarding when great outcomes are achieved for our pro bono clients – not least when these outcomes are highlighted by our Partner and Chairman of our National Pro Bono & Community program, Jeremy King, in his monthly pro bono updates to the firm! In addition to work with Homeless Law, Corrs’ individual practice groups provide a range of pro bono legal services to charitable and not-for profit organisations. This work is more aligned to the work our commercial practice teams undertake. For example: • our Tax, Corporate and Banking teams provide advice to our partner charities; • our Property and Planning teams provide planning and leasing advice to pro-bono clients; and • our Workplace Relations team participates in the Fair Work Commission’s pro bono program for unrepresented applicants in the unfair dismissal jurisdiction, and also works with the WestJustice employment law service. Finally, Corrs also gives back to the community in a number of other ways. For example, the firm has a dedicated Community Committee who organise fundraising events, co-ordinate disaster relief and drive various initiatives (often involving delicious morning teas!). Corrs also has a Workplace Giving program that allows staff to make charitable donations straight from their salary and have their donations matched by the Partnership.
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We have also partnered with the Daystar Foundation and the Ardoch Youth Foundation in their Literary Buddy programs which encourage students to read and write through meaningful interactions with positive role models. The opportunities for pro bono and community involvement at Corrs are vast, and truly one of the best and most rewarding parts of being a graduate!
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About us DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world. Level 21 140 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (02) 9286 8000 dlapipergraduates.com.au HR Wendy Yap Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager graduaterecruitmentAUS@dlapiper.com Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Through firm website Method of application for Graduate Traineeship Through firm website Clerkship positions available Approx. 30 nationally Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August - October 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: TBC International students considered: No LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Case by case basis but preference will go to penultimate year students 120
We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients. We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies. Practice areas • Corporate • Employment • Finance, Projects and Restructuring • Intellectual Property & Technology • Litigation & Regulatory • Real Estate • Tax Seasonal Clerkship Program During your seasonal clerkship you can expect to do a variety of things both in and outside the office. The tasks you are involved in will depend on the team you are assigned to and the work they have on at the time. Some common examples include accompanying lawyers to court, attending client meetings and mediations, and assisting on large corporate transactions. Graduate Traineeship Program We offer graduate programs in all our Australian offices and have one intake each year in February. The graduate program starts with an induction, designed to ease you in and get you acquainted
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with the firm. Within the first year, you’ll also attend a week-long induction in London, where you’ll meet and network with graduates from our global offices.
Pro bono work At DLA Piper we are committed to contributing to the wellbeing of communities around the world.
The program itself will see you undertaking rotations in different practice groups. This will see you work alongside people at all levels of the business, including partners. As an integral member of the team, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and make a real contribution from the outset.
We encourage our lawyers to do pro bono work that is meaningful, impactful and supports those in need. New Perimeter, our non-profit, provides pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development and sound legal institutions.
While much of your learning will be done on the job, you’ll also receive formal business skills training. This will develop your abilities in areas such as networking, business development, commercial awareness and financial management.
Our Break into Law project is a worldwide initiative focused on removing barriers to employment within the legal profession, while we have pledged $6.5m over the course of our three-year partnership with UNICEF to improve child justice.
What we look for We hire graduates from all kinds of backgrounds. Not only does this allow us to serve our diverse client base better; it keeps our thinking fresh by opening up a wider range of perspectives.
We are proud to be signatories of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), as our support for the initiative underlines our commitment to responsible business.
While you could be studying from a range of degree subjects, you will need a strong academic record. But it goes further than that. You’ll need to be naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive and possess a genuine commitment to your career path. Among other things, we’ll be looking at your extracurricular activities for evidence of these qualities. What distinguishes us We help the world’s top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. As a firm, we never stand still. We think nimbly and seize opportunities. We’re ambitious and are never afraid to innovate. So if you possess these qualities too, there could be a bright future for you at DLA Piper.
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Level 22 101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8656 3300 gtlaw.com.au HR Sarah Crinnigan – HR Advisor email@example.com (03) 8656 3396 Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship We have tailored our application process which enables students to apply online through CVmail cvmail.com.au. Method of application for Graduate Traineeship N/A Clerkship positions available Approx. 30 Intake 1: 8-10 Intake 2: 8-10 Intake 3: 8-10 Key Dates Intake 1: 19 November – 14 December 2018 Intake 2: 21 January – 15 February 2019 Intake 3: 24 June – 19 July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: 10 – 28 September 2018 (approximately) Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No 124
Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: Approximately 8-10 International students considered: Applications are considered on a case by case basis. LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Our preference is given to students in their penultimate year of study. About us G+T presents a unique opportunity for you to make a name for yourself through the matters and transactions you work on, with personal accountability yet supported by those around you. As a younger organisation that has built its success on legal excellence and entrepreneurial drive, G+T is energetic and passionate. We are non-bureaucratic and value diversity, individuality, innovation and fun. We have a long heritage of giving back to the community through our Pro Bono practice and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Joining a firm with an open, entrepreneurial culture makes it easier for you to work closely with the firm’s highly talented partners and senior lawyers. This is reinforced by structured mentoring programs, open plan workstations and direct contact with clients. Law students and graduates working at G+T often comment on the exceptional level of personal engagement they experience from the firm’s professionals. Practice areas • Technology and Digital • Corporate Advisory • Competition and Regulation • Litigation • Banking and Infrastructure Seasonal Clerkship Program During your time with G+T you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work in corporate law. It starts off with your induction which sets you up to succeed for your clerkship at G+T. We also invest
in your development by running training sessions on coding, presentation skills and developing your brand in the workplace. Following your induction, you will spend time in one practice group where you will start to understand the mechanics of legal practice through researching legislation and case law, preparing and drafting memos, completing research, observing negotiations, meeting clients, attending court, or perhaps working as part of a deal team. Throughout the program, you’ll partake in our customised in-house training program and also have the opportunity to contribute to Pro Bono and our Knowledge Management practice. Graduate Traineeship Program Graduates commence with the firm in one formal intake in February. As a graduate, you will undertake real work, build relationships with partners, lawyers and clients, and become an integral part of each practice group. Our 18-month program consists of three rotations of approximately six months each. Rotations are available in all our practice areas and you will also be actively involved in other work activities, including business development, knowledge management, training and pro bono work. What we look for In the application process attention to detail is key and taking the time to answer the application questions. Our interviews are informal and conversational and we encourage students to be prepared to talk about themselves and their interest for applying. What distinguishes us “Our culture is unique, and at its heart it’s a paradox” says Adam Laura, Partner – Corporate Advisory. “It’s energetic and proactive, incredibly driven and ambitious – but also understated, funny and generous. We describe it as being ‘smart with heart’.”
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This is what underlies the positive, productive and personal relationships we build with each other, and with our clients. Interactions that embrace what it means to be an individual. Constantly looking for ways to bring out the best in ourselves as well as others. Our clerks and graduates are often attracted to the firm by the egalitarian, open structure. “Our people have the opportunity to go as far as they want, and we recognise and reward that” explains Adam. “The pace is fast and constant, but you’ll get to work on things that interest and stimulate you early in your career. G+T challenges people irrespective of their role – and that pushes you to do and be better.” Culture /Diversity Gilbert + Tobin values and is dedicated to inclusion. We are committed to providing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment and a culture which fosters and celebrates difference. For G+T it is about diversity of thinking and bringing people’s life experience into the mix and making sure that we are as diverse as the Australian community is. We celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our people and that of our clients and know that our people can achieve all that is possible if they are safe and supported by a culture which encourages them to bring their whole selves to work. Gilbert + Tobin is a proud member of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s leading workplace program for inclusion of LBGTI employees. Work / life balance The reality is that successful top-tier lawyers work hard, meeting the demanding expectations of clients and their own ambitions. At G+T we are honest about this and we work hard to ensure that our people can fulfil their ambitions while maintaining a happy and healthy personal life. We also recognise that these challenges can be more acute at certain stages of life, particularly when we have young children to take care of. 125
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Making sure our projects are well managed and our working teams are highly effective is one way of dealing with the uncertainty that can be just as difficult as long hours – we are investing in project management capability and systems to help with this. We don’t want our people wasting their precious time doing tasks that are repetitive and low value – we are investing in automation technology to reduce these aspects of our work. We believe that being able to complete tasks at home or at different times is one of the most important elements of work/life balance and can make a heavy workload more flexible to manage – we are investing in the tech hardware and systems to make ‘working anywhere’ possible. We see this conversation developing over time and we intend to be at the forefront of it because we know how important it is for our people. Pro bono work We believe lawyers have a responsibility to ensure the law and the legal system are fair, equitable and accessible to all. In 1996, G+T was the first law firm in Australia to appoint a full-time in-house pro bono lawyer. The firm now has five full time lawyers working in the group including two partners as well as lawyers undertaking pro bono matters across the firm. We are proud advocates of social justice and focus on providing advice and support to marginalised and disadvantaged clients and the organisations that work with them. The practice covers many diverse areas of law including discrimination, corporate law, property law, administrative law, defamation and public international law – with a particular focus on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees, people with disabilities and the protection of human rights.
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BE MORE BE PART OF THE MOMENTUM A Gilbert + Tobin clerkship is both positive and challenging. You’ll work directly with partners and lawyers who will assist with your professional development and challenge you intellectually. While your main focus will be corporate work, everyone at G+T has the opportunity to assist on pro bono matters and participate in firm-wide activities. As you progress through the clerkship you will develop invaluable skills and knowledge and gain first-hand experience of our various practice groups. Our Melbourne programs run for four weeks in either winter or summer, providing a placement across Banking + Infrastructure, Competition + Regulation, Corporate Advisory, Technology + Digital and Litigation. Each clerk is assigned a supervising partner, mentor and buddy to assist with on-the-job training. Participating in our customised in-house training will build your confidence and help you understand the mechanics of legal practice. You’ll have the chance to jump right in and immerse yourself in a leading corporate law practice. And we’ll encourage you to contribute ideas and your own fresh perspective. Preference is given to students in their penultimate year of study. We’re not a prescriptive firm when it comes to our people; we invite individuality and diversity. We also hold ambition, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in high regard. Our people are collaborative, passionate and dedicated – but most of all they enjoy what they do and never forget to have fun. We seek clerks and graduates who will complement our practice groups and don’t feel the need to take themselves too seriously.
Applications for 2018-19 seasonal clerkships in our Melbourne office are open from Monday 9 July to Sunday 12 August 2018. For more information about applying for a clerkship or for program dates please visit gtlaw.com.au, or contact Sarah Crinnigan on 03 8656 3396 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Recruitment from graduate market Subject to the outcome of the priority offer process, we will then determine if we need to open applications up to the market.
Our purpose is to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive, by practising Smarter Law. Level 11, Rialto South Tower 525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9603 3555 hallandwilcox.com.au HR Lauren Parrant – People & Culture Advisor email@example.com 03 9603 3669 Method of application for Graduate Traineeship All of our Seasonal Clerks have the opportunity to be considered for a Graduate role at Hall & Wilcox. Subject to the outcome of the priority offer process, we will then determine if we need to open applications up to the market. Clerkship positions available Approx. 20 in Melbourne Intake 1: approx. 10 Intake 2: approx. 10 Key Dates We run two seasonal clerkships annually – winter and summer. Our clerkships are 3 weeks in duration. Applications open: Monday 9 July 2018 Applications close: Sunday 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: Thursday 18 October 2018 from 10.00am
Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: Typically we have opportunities for approximately 8-10 law graduates annually in the Melbourne Office. International students considered: Yes, subject to there being an appropriate right to work in Australia. LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes About us Hall & Wilcox is a pre-eminent independent business law firm. We are a full service business law firm with a reputation as a leading law firm across a number of core areas of practice and sectors. We are a firm of more than 600 people, including 73 partners. At Hall & Wilcox, our purpose is to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive, by practising Smarter Law. Smarter Law is how we will help our clients achieve their business objectives. Smarter Law is how our people will prosper in times of change. Smarter Law means that we are imaginative, agile, tech savvy, collaborative and remarkable. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane, and act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests. Practice areas We offer expertise in most key areas of commercial practice and a number of industry areas. Our growth over recent years has enabled us to build a practice that meets the needs of our clients. Our prominent areas of practice include: • Banking & Finance • Capital markets
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Also, our industry groups include: • Agribusiness • Education and training • Energy, resources and utilities • Franchising, retail and distribution • Government and public sector • Health and aged care • Public and private philanthropy • Sports and entertainment • Technology, media and telecommunications Our Seasonal Clerkship Program Each year in Melbourne, we run two seasonal clerkships – winter and summer. Our seasonal clerkship program gives students the opportunity to experience life at Hall & Wilcox. Our clerkship program includes: • Three-week placement in one of our practice areas taking into account the clerk’s preferences. • An induction program that provides an understanding of the firm’s structure, the work we do, our clients, training in IT systems and office procedures. • Exposure to real work on real files – this
may include drafting correspondence and documents, observing lawyers in meetings, conferences and mediations or at court, and undertaking research tasks. Extensive support network, including an allocated mentor and buddy for guidance and support. Participation in practice group training sessions, practical workshops and Law Graduate Development sessions. Opportunity to build your networks through meeting various partners and lawyers.
After completing your clerkship with the firm, you’ll have the opportunity to express interest in being considered for a graduate role within the firm. Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship The concept of “unconscious bias” or “hidden bias” has come to the forefront of our work in recent times. With this in mind, it is our goal to eliminate any unconscious or hidden bias that may exist so throughout the shortlisting process, all of our applications remain anonymous. Following on from the shortlisting process, the candidate will no longer be anonymous to our People & Culture team. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a first round interview and will meet with representatives from the firm, including a Partner, Lawyer and People & Culture. We will ask you questions, however our interviews are conversational in style. This allows you the opportunity to tell us more about yourself and the things you’ve included in your application. This interview is a great opportunity for you to test us as well. We will answer any questions you have about the firm and what it’s really like to work at Hall & Wilcox. On completion of the first round interview, we invite all students who have taken the time to meet with us to attend an informative Q&A evening whereby 131
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applicants can find out more from Partners and Lawyers, and meet more firm representatives. From this stage, successful candidates will be notified of their offer when clerkship offers can be made in line with the LIV Guidelines. Our Graduate Program Our graduate program is a priority for us because we recognise that today’s law graduates are tomorrow’s leaders of the firm. Over the years, the program has proven to be highly successful – many of our current partners completed their graduate year with us. We run graduate programs in our Melbourne, Sydney and Perth offices. Our programs offer graduates the opportunity to work with great people at all levels and do real work for real clients. In Melbourne, we offer Supervised Legal Training (SLT). We strongly believe that offering our Law Graduates extensive on-the-job training with SLT equips them with the skills, firm knowledge and practical experience they need. What we look for in a clerk At Hall & Wilcox, there’s no one “type” of clerk that we look for, instead, we value people from different backgrounds and with different experiences. We highly value previous work experience (legal and/or non-legal), consistent and strong academic results, good communication and interpersonal skills, and varied outside interests. In addition, we are interested in candidates with any of the following: • Business/commercial education and/or experience • Experience, education or an interest in technology/innovation • Project management training or experience • Language skills What distinguishes us At Hall & Wilcox, culture is something we constantly nurture across all of our six offices and it’s what 132
differentiates Hall & Wilcox as an employer. The Firm’s ambition and growth are important factors in our culture. We are a progressive ‘firm on the rise’ and this helps us to provide fantastic opportunities for our people to grow and progress throughout their careers. Having been ranked third at the LegalVitae Top100 Awards for Most Popular Overall Law Employer for graduates, another point of differentiation for aspiring lawyers is our Graduate program. Law Graduates at Hall & Wilcox in Melbourne undertake Supervised Legal Training as opposed to Practical Legal Training (PLT). We strongly believe that offering our Law Graduates extensive on-the-job training through the completion of Supervised Legal Training will equip them with the necessary skills, firm knowledge and practical experience to succeed in their legal career. We offer Law Graduates the opportunity to rotate through 4 practice areas of the firm. This allows our Law Graduates to make an informed decision about which practice area they would like to specialise in after the completion of their Graduate Program. Our culture Hall & Wilcox is proud of and cherishes its culture. Having opened our doors in 1917, loyalty and respect became, and remain, entrenched in our firm’s culture over 100 years’ later. Our culture is warm and welcoming, inclusive and supportive. We aim to strike a healthy balance between working hard and maintaining a high level of professionalism with having fun and being able to laugh at ourselves. We work hard to nurture out culture and to ensure it is integrated across the firm. The things our people love about Hall & Wilcox include: • our friendly, supportive atmosphere • our inclusive and respectful culture • our open plan, flexible work spaces • Friday night drinks every Friday
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In every sense, we are defined by our people. Our people are dedicated, caring professionals who are responsible for our great culture. One way we live our culture is through our Hallmarks. Our Hallmarks are how we articulate the behaviours consistent with our culture. Our people refer to and live our Hallmarks every day. Our Hallmarks are; stay true, be remarkable, evolve always, respect respect and better together. Our pro bono practice We are proud of our pro bono practice and our engagement with not-for-profit community groups, individuals and charities. We recognise and embrace the community responsibilities that come with being a successful, respected firm and a representative of the legal profession. For our people, the firm’s pro bono and community involvement is personally and professionally enriching. We run a coordinated pro bono & community practice that comprises of employees from all areas of the firm. We encourage and give full credit for pro bono work to everyone at the firm. We have fostered close, ongoing relationships with several inspirational community organisations, to which we provide pro bono legal services and other assistance. These include: • Justice Connect • Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) • Human Rights Law Centre • The Cancer Council • Indigenous Enterprise Legal Assistance Scheme • Inner Melbourne Legal • LawRight 133
Can we do it all over again? Lucy Wilcox
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It almost seems surreal that it is time for me to reflect on my graduate year at Hall & Wilcox. As I watch the new graduates immerse themselves in their first month I can’t help but think, can we do it all over again!? Law firms carry on a lot about their culture and the supportive environment for all staff members. At Hall & Wilcox this is entirely true. We are very fortunate our leaders and the people before us have created a legacy of support and inclusion across all sections and levels of seniority. Prior to starting as a graduate, I worked as a paralegal at the firm. Because of this, I was fortunate enough to already understand the importance and contribution of graduates in assisting lawyers across all sections of the firm. This understanding was only strengthened during my four 12-week rotations. The opportunity to work with four sections of the firm was invaluable. Not only because we were able to learn from such a vast range of legal assistants, lawyers and partners, but also to help identify what areas of law you are more suited to. In each of my rotations I was given the autonomy to run small projects within files which allowed my skills to continuously develop. The balance between autonomy and support was something I worked hard to achieve. I also felt I made contributions to billable work which is a testament to just how much trust Hall & Wilcox place in their graduates. The moments spent at court or in client meetings provided an opportunity to see the lawyers in action and also an opportunity for me understand clients’ needs and why they chose to engage Hall & Wilcox. I very quickly learnt it was our way of connecting on a personal level to our clients that made everyone in the room feel at ease. Being immersed in great culture is one thing, but to see the culture start to ripple out onto our clients and their matters is something fundamental to running a business. Hall & Wilcox are committed to building a workplace that reflects the community in which we operate and live in. One of the greatest aspects of my graduate year has been the opportunity to be involved in pro bono work as the firm has a strong commitment to providing opportunities to underrepresented groups. I yearn for the day that every graduate (law or not) finishes their graduate year and can share a similar reflection. Take care of yourself, find a place that will take care of you, take time to create relationships at university and remember - eventually all the pieces fall into place… Until then, laugh at the confusion and know that everything happens for a reason. I’m just so lucky that my everything happened to be here at Hall & Wilcox.
LIV signatory: No Final year students considered: Yes*
Method of application for Graduate Traineeship Via website
About us Harwood Andrews take pride in creating future leaders and encourages creativity and innovative thinking amongst our staff. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best legal talent and professional service managers. We value candidates who are client focused, goal driven and who strive to be the best that they can be. We work in a collaborative environment with a team focus, where you will receive mentoring, coaching and an opportunity to do some really great work. We work hard to provide a supportive and positive workplace culture. We take the time to listen to each other, display empathy and respect at all times. We communicate regularly and understand that our people want to have a sense of purpose and feel engaged in what they do. We build positive relationships with each other so everyone has the opportunity to grow, develop and achieve. We also have a bit of fun at work which is really important.
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Harwood Andrews is proudly adopting the Law Council of Australia Diversity and Equality Charter. We are committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion.
Key Dates Intake 1: 19 November – 7 December 2018 Intake 2: 1 July – 19 July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August - September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018
We are a diverse and inclusive workplace We will always: • treat all people with respect and dignity regardless of sex, sexuality, disability, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or other arbitrary feature • create and foster equality through a supportive and understanding environment for all individuals to realise their maximum potential regardless of difference • promote and support a strong and fair legal profession comprising, accommodating, encouraging and respecting a diverse range of individuals and views
70 Gheringhap Street Geelong VIC 3220 (03) 5225 5225 harwoodandrews.com.au HR Stephanie Beard – General Manager - People firstname.lastname@example.org 0418 599 561 Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Via website
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Awards We are very proud to be the recipient of the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – 2017 Regional Suburban Firm of the Year and the 2017 Australian Law Award 2017 State/Regional Firm of the Year.
We look for graduates who can display an interest in the practice areas of our firm and who demonstrate an understanding of the commerciality of business. We value strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
Clerkship Program Harwood Andrews Geelong’s seasonal clerkship program provides you with the opportunity to taste life at Harwood Andrews and experience the inner workings at our firm. This is a great opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the firm’s culture and to work closely with our team of lawyers across a range of practice areas.
The graduate program is for 12 months. In addition to in-house training and mentoring you will also participate in the College of Law program to assist in meeting the required competencies for admission to practice. We usually offer a rotation in two of our practice areas.
The objective of a seasonal clerkship with Harwood Andrews is to offer a formal and wellrounded learning opportunity. The three-week program provides you with a snapshot of the legal profession and gives you an exciting opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in a law firm.
A senior lawyer will be appointed as your mentor at the commencement of your graduate year. Our yearly intake depends on the firm’s current requirements. At Harwood Andrews we are committed to supporting people with disability gain employment. If you meet the criteria for a graduate role as specified, we encourage you to apply.
At the commencement of your seasonal clerkship you will be introduced to your buddy, who will be one of the firm’s trainee’s or a junior lawyer. Your buddy will be responsible for giving you the support needed to ensure that your clerkship is rewarding, as well as a positive learning experience. At Harwood Andrews we are committed to supporting people with disability gain employment. If you meet the criteria for a clerkship role as specified, we encourage you to apply. Graduate Program Harwood Andrews’ Geelong graduate program provides a formal and extensive development program, which focuses on advancing your business skills and legal knowledge. Successful candidates are those who share our client focused, collaborative and innovative approach to business, and who are keen to apply themselves in a dynamic environment.
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The career path you have taken to where you are now After finishing VCE in Mildura, I took a gap year to work before moving to Geelong to start my arts/law degree. During my summer holidays between years 10, 11 and 12 I worked as a legal receptionist at a local sole practitioner’s office and was able to gain experience in various areas of law. I then worked full time at that office during my gap year and completed a certificate III in business administration (legal), before moving to Geelong to commence my degrees at Deakin University. During my time at Deakin I worked as a mentor, and then a team leader, in the Business & Law Mentor Program, as well as working in hospitality for 4 years, and as an intern at Harwood Andrews one day a week for 18 months. These experiences were vital in my personal and professional growth. I completed my graduate year across the Business Law and Dispute Resolution teams at Harwood Andrews, studied via College of Law and was admitted to practice in February this year. Work/life balance My balance comes from knowing when putting in the extra time is necessary and otherwise keeping to a routine that suits my work style. For example, I have learnt during my graduate year that I am a morning person, so the earlier I get to work, the better I perform. I make sure I take opportunities to network where they are presented and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle outside of work by walking to work, playing netball and making time to enjoy hobbies such as cooking (and eating), and going to the footy. Work life balance is an individual concept – what works for others won’t necessarily work for you, and often it comes about as a natural consequence of your work ethic and style. Typical day at work As a junior lawyer in our bustling dispute resolution team, I am involved in a wide variety of commercial matters. Some have reached the stage of court proceedings, while for other matters we are attempting to avoid the need to go to court at all. Generally, I assist senior lawyers in our team with legal research, drafting letters of advice, briefing counsel, preparing affidavits and applications to be filed with the court, as well as day-to-day client management and meetings. More recently I have been fortunate enough to gain experience attending the Federal Court to instruct an SC and junior barrister in an important interlocutory application. Essential skills for a junior lawyer The key skill I had to acquire during my graduate year, and in my first few months as a newly admitted lawyer, is an openness to take on challenging tasks, but still be willing and able to ask questions, and take criticism, when they are required. You are constantly learning and evolving – trust me, you look back at the end of your grad year and realise you have learnt so much, but still have so much more to learn. I challenged myself to never say no (within reason) during my grad year, and am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way as a result. Advice for law students seeking seasonal clerkships Be yourself – 100% and make sure your application shows how you can relate your own experiences and understanding of the law, to the type of work the firm you are applying for undertakes. Importantly show your understanding of the firm’s culture, and highlight how you can fit within, and enhance, this culture. Finally, once you have a clerkship, don’t limit yourself to what you think you want in a career. When I started my grad year I was petrified of working in Dispute Resolution because I had never allowed myself to consider life as a litigator and I didn’t property understand what that role would entail. Use your clerkship as an opportunity to test your boundaries and step out of your comfort zone – you may be surprised what you learn. 138
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About us As a Herbert Smith Freehills Graduate, you’ll be a part of everything. With 27 offices around the world, we can show you exactly what a world class law firm has to offer, giving you the chance to work as part of an international team, on highprofile matters, for some of the most significant organisations in the market. Our focus is on the future: the future needs of existing and new clients, the future of the legal profession and investing in our future lawyers. That’s why we aim to attract the best talent from a broad range of backgrounds, ensuring we are optimising our position as a progressive, forward thinking professional services firm putting our clients at the heart of our business. At Herbert Smith Freehills, you’ll be part of a culture of client focused innovation and engagement which is continuously evolving for our own and our clients’ benefit. We’ll encourage you to think and work differently and you’ll be given the opportunity to develop the skills you need to work with our clients to solve their most complex challenges in thoughtful and innovative ways. Practice areas Our clients trust us to deliver and choose us for their most important transactions, disputes and ventures because we understand them. Together, we’re producing advanced, award-winning, insightful work on matters that will shape the future of our markets. We’re organised along six global divisions – corporate; dispute resolution; finance, real estate and projects; employment, pensions and incentives; competition, regulation and trade and alternative legal services.
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Seasonal Clerkship Program There’s nothing more important than finding a role and an organisation that’s right for you and there’s no better way to really get to know our profession than gaining practical, hands-on experience. Our vacation clerkships will immerse you in our business, networks and the international world of law. We encourage students to participate in our vacation clerkship program and we fill the majority of our graduate positions through this program.
We encourage students to participate in our vacation clerkship program and we fill the majority of our graduate positions through this program. We do not currently have a separate graduate recruitment program planned.
As a vacation clerk, you will be given extensive training on all aspects of the firm, drafting and research skills. Current lawyers and partners will speak to you about what they do and the nature of work in each of the legal sections of the firm. You’ll attend workshops and presentations that will give you an insight into the depth and breadth of our practice areas and international reach.
What we look for We recruit people with the desire and ability to be exceptional, commercial lawyers. This means that we look for more than just a great academic record and strong technical aptitude. We seek people who are curious, empathetic and understand the importance of building relationships with clients and colleagues. We also look for an international mind-set and a desire to work within our global network, not just one office. We have prepared some more detailed information on our website: careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/au/grads/ join-us
You’ll be invited to a range of events giving you the opportunity to network with partners, associates and graduates, as well as with your fellow vacation clerks. Graduate Program Our structured graduate program is designed to provide the best foundation for your future success, wherever your career takes you. Graduates will have three rotations in different practice groups. During each rotation, graduates are assigned a supervising partner and buddy. A learning and development program also supports the on-the-job learning to help you to develop your leadership, business development, negotiation and presentation skills. Training takes place during working hours and is delivered by internal experts as well as specialist providers and leading commentators. Herbert Smith Freehills funds and assists graduates at the firm who need to complete practical legal training to gain admission to practice.
We also run a number of graduate and clerkship programs in our overseas offices. To find out more visit our graduate careers website: herbertsmithfreehills.com/careers
Application tips and what stands out in an application Remember your application is your opportunity to demonstrate the qualities we are looking for. It is your chance to show us your strengths and tell us why we need to meet you. Beneath are a couple of useful tips to remember. “Show, don’t tell” • It can be tempting to talk in generalisations about your attention to detail, exceptional communication skills, time management skills or ability to work effectively in a team. It’s much more powerful if you can demonstrate it. • try to be specific and use examples to demonstrate skills like communication, time management, and ability to work effectively in a team • use the cover letter to demonstrate your communication skills. Highlight your strengths 141
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and how they relate to the role, and explain why you are interested in working with us give examples from your work or other experience that illustrate the skills we are looking for think about your tone. A good application will sound professional but natural. Try reading your application aloud to check the tone make sure you get your application in on time and allow time for any technical problems remember we are also looking for attention to detail. Make sure you spell the name of the firm correctly and the name of the recruitment contact to whom you’re sending the application. Check your application carefully for spelling and grammatical errors. Better yet, get someone else to check it for you.
“Think about your reader” Think about the people who will be reading your application and what we are looking for. Try to tailor your application to us and help us get to know you, to understand why you want to work with us and to see your strengths. • keep it brief. Your cover letter should be about five paragraphs and your CV no more than three pages • think about how you set your application out. Use a logical structure. Make it easy for us to find the important information • highlight key achievements and experience, explain what they involved, what you got out of them and how you think they might relate to working with us • summarise other activities, experience and skills if they are not as directly relevant • make sure you leave enough room to tell us about your interests outside work and university.
Aria Wong – The international experience One of the benefits of working at a global law firm is that our graduates have the opportunity to apply for a 6-month international secondment to one of our overseas offices, with past locations including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and London! Undertaking an international secondment provides a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the legal and cultural differences of working in a foreign jurisdiction, to network and learn from our leading lawyers across the globe, and to develop a greater understanding of crossborder transactions, all of which are hugely beneficial for your long term career.
ARIA WONG SOLICITOR
My name is Aria Wong and I am a Solicitor from our Melbourne office. I studied a Bachelor of Commerce and a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. As part of the graduate rotation program, I completed three 6-month seats in our Corporate, Finance and Competition, Regulatory and Trade practice groups in Melbourne. I was fortunate to be selected to undertake an international secondment to our London office, where I have been based since September 2017.
I have found my London secondment to be an invaluable experience. As in Australia, our London office has a premier reputation in the market for providing cutting edge legal advice, which means that from the moment I arrived in London I had the opportunity to sink my teeth into a broad variety of complex transactions, giving me exposure to corporate law in a different jurisdiction. I have had the opportunity to work on an initial public offering, an M&A transaction involving a private equity powerhouse, and a large corporate restructure which required input from lawyers across our European and Australian offices (and I am only halfway through my secondment!). In addition, due to the significance of London as an international hub for commercial activity, all of the deals I have worked on have had complex cross border elements, which means that we are often working collaboratively with our lawyers from across the globe. Work aside, I'm pleased to report that our London office has just as active a social calendar as our Melbourne office – our Social Committee organises regular firm drinks and countless other social activities, each of which has allowed me to get to know my colleagues on a more personal level. In this short period of time, I have attended an Italian wine tasting, a Halloween scare tour in the tombs of London Bridge (which truly deserves its award for being the 'Scariest Attraction' in the UK), a women’s self-defence course and an invaluable speed networking event with HSF alumni who now hold senior in-house roles in large multinationals.
The most interesting thing I’ve learned… I am constantly astounded by how supportive the firm is of me actively pursuing my career goals and professional development. Even at the junior level, lawyers are encouraged and given the tools necessary to take hold of their career. For example, during my third rotation I was given numerous opportunities to step up, engage directly with clients and improve my drafting skills. This culminated in one of our clients requesting, and my team supporting me, to undertake a secondment in-house at the client (a large, ASX100-listed company). This gave me the opportunity to gain a more intimate understanding of both the legal and business imperatives of our client, experience first-hand the life of an in-house lawyer at a leading company, and form closer connections with my clients. Even now, I still keep in touch with many of the people I met on secondment. It was an incredible experience, and I feel very fortunate the firm supported me in taking on this opportunity at such an early stage in my career.
My advice to someone looking to apply for a clerkship at Herbert Smith Freehills? I really encourage you to use law firm information sessions and networking events as an opportunity to speak to and get to know representatives from each firm – this is a good way to pick their brains about what they do on a day to day basis, why they chose their firm and to get an understanding of what the culture is like at the office. Finally, while the application process can be a stressful experience, make sure you take care of yourself and keep up the things in your life that aren't strictly law-related but provide balance. There really is no 'cookie cutter' Herbert Smith Freehills lawyer – having a diversity of backgrounds and opinions not only makes our office a cohesive, multicultural workplace, but also ensures that we provide the best and most measured advice to our clients. So have a think about what makes you, you – we are interested in getting to know about your passions and what keeps you engaged in life!
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Innovation and the Changing Landscape of the Legal Profession It’s an exciting time to be a graduate in the legal industry. The legal sector is widely known to be technologically conservative and risk averse. However – good news millennials – there’s a scent of change in the air. Instead of hiding away from the digital revolution, and lagging behind other industries, some law firms are embracing technological change and driving it even further. They are using the momentum of this change to find new ways to stay competitive in their agility, efficiency and delivery of legal services.
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Ideas don’t need to come from the top. In fact, juniors with fresh perspectives and appetites for progress may be essential to the innovation process.
And the best part? Ideas don’t need to come from the top. In fact, juniors with fresh perspectives and appetites for progress may be essential to the innovation process. At Herbert Smith Freehills, some Melbourne graduates have formed a ‘design thinking’ (DT) team to further the firm’s innovation strategies. ‘Design Thinking’ is a humancentred methodology which involves empathising with human needs, defining the ‘real’ problem, brainstorming, and testing solutions. We’ve most recently been considering how we can make juniors more efficient by automating repetitive tasks. This team allows creative minds to come together, collaborate and act as a think-tank for the firm. The DT team recently took the morning off to attend the inaugural Australian Legal Technology Association’s Demo Day. This involved speed of light, 6 minute pitches from some of Australia’s leading legal tech providers (including Neota Logic, Legaler and ContractProbe). The morning confirmed that legal innovation is expanding beyond mere hype. Legal innovation is real. And it’s already started.
Most excitingly for me, I recently had the opportunity to participate in the largest legal hackathon in history – the perfect opportunity to put my DT training to the test! This Global Legal Hackathon was a 54 hour event that challenged 5000 participants from a range of industries to rapidly develop solutions to improve the legal industry. This involved legal professions working hand-in-hand with designers, web developers, students, business experts and entrepreneurs. Our team won the Melbourne Round, hosted by Monash University, and are currently competing in the Global Round. We addressed two global problems: (1) the lack of access to justice; and (2) the scarcity of practical legal experience opportunities for law students at university. After launching into the ideation process with open minds, we eventually arrived at what we now call ANIKA. ANIKA is a web app that connects clients requiring free legal advice with law students, who will work with ANIKA’s artificial intelligence and human supervising solicitors to provide advice to clients. The students then receive a grade and feedback as part of a university practical legal unit. And to get truly techy, we pitched the utilisation of a permissioned blockchain to protect the privacy of client information, automate conflict checks, and build a repository of data which will enable ANIKA’s intelligence to grow. This hackathon experience embodied everything that innovation should be: inclusive, collaborative, creative, and a whole lot of fun. Change in the legal industry in inevitable. As graduates with fresh minds and long careers ahead of us, let’s be at the forefront of that change.
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Level 25 525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9205 2000 klgates.com HR Carla Di Vincenzo – HR Business Partner firstname.lastname@example.org Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship cvMail Method of application for Graduate Traineeship Priority offers Clerkship positions available 15-20 Intake 1: 10* Intake 2: 10* Key Dates Intake 1: February 2019 Intake 2: June / July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 8* International students considered: No LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes 146
About us K&L Gates is a commercial law firm operating at the intersection of globalisation, innovation, and regulation to deliver legal solutions for clients facing an increasingly complex global marketplace. K&L Gates have more than 2000 lawyers across five continents. Within Australia, K&L Gates has lawyers located in four offices: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. K&L Gates practices law on an integrated basis and has the largest integrated network of offices of any global law firm. With a presence in Australia’s leading financial and commercial centres, K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organisations and individuals. We are leading legal advisors relating to industries critical to the economies of both the developed and developing worlds – technology, manufacturing, energy, transportation, telecommunications, financial services, and life sciences, among others. With the extraordinary inbound investment into Australia from Asia, especially from China, and four of Australia’s five largest trading partners – China, Japan, Korea, and India – located in the region, the firm has the resources on the ground to handle the most sophisticated legal requirements. Over each of the last five years our revenues exceeded $1 Billion. Practice areas We have nine key practice areas on our global platform: • Corporate & Transactional • Energy, Infrastructure and Resources • Finance • Financial Services • Intellectual Property • Labour, Employment and Workplace • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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Seasonal Clerkship Program During your clerkship at K&L Gates, you will benefit from being involved in real legal work. This will include participation in client meetings and court visits, research and drafting of advice and general support within one or more of our practice areas. At K&L Gates you will participate in a comprehensive induction program that continues throughout your clerkship to learn important skills to lay the foundations for a successful legal career. You will work closely with partners, senior associates and have the support of a junior lawyer or trainee lawyer as a buddy. There are also a number of social and sporting activities that are organised to help you to network with others across the firm and, most of all, have fun! Graduate Traineeship Program Our graduate program is designed to give you the technical expertise and commercial context to succeed. Throughout the year you are supported with a buddy, supervisor and mentor. Partners and senior lawyers will support and guide you through each rotation and support your career development. Your buddy, a junior lawyer, will help you transition into your new role. Your professional development program runs weekly. It combines Practical Legal Training (delivered in-house by the College of Law) with sessions presented by partners, lawyers, external presenters and our professional development team. Our program delivers skill development in 2 key areas – fundamental legal abilities and professional legal skills which incorporate: • legal technical skills (analysis and judgment); • client service (client and business knowledge, networking); and • personal effectiveness (communication, work ethic, motivation and maturity)
What we look for We believe in hiring individuals who will become a part of our collaborative, committed and diverse team. To be successful at K&L Gates you will have: • Leadership experience: You’re a self-starter committed to personal and professional development. And you’ve demonstrated initiative, tenacity and potential. • Curiosity: You’re a strategic thinker who solves problems creatively. • Maturity: You possess sound judgment and have excellent people skills. You’re confident and professional. • Passion: You must be dynamic, enthusiastic and excited about our firm. • First class communication skills: You possess the ability to speak and write clearly and intelligently. • Attributes of a team player: You’re approachable and enjoy participating in group activities. You’re a good listener. And you’re always willing to share thoughts and ideas. What distinguishes us Choosing a career at K&L Gates is choosing to be a part of a progressive and innovative law firm that continues to grow year on year. We work with market leaders across many industries in a range of exciting areas of commercial law. We have a onecompany, one-team mentality, constantly seeking ways to add value to our clients and your career objectives. We look to recruit talented people, then provide the opportunities and support for them to achieve their best. Your career will benefit from unprecedented exposure to high profile deals on an international platform. You will have access to a global knowledge bank to help you develop and grow. Most importantly you will be part of a straight talking culture where you are recognised for what you do and how you do it
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Join us and you will join a team of passionate professionals dedicated to providing exceptional client service. Learn what makes our global law firm different: Check out our Facebook page: /klgatesgraduaterecruitingau Check out our brand video on YouTube: /klgateslaw Or visit our Careers page at klgates.com for application details. Culture and diversity Practising commercial law challenges all lawyers in so many ways. The rewards of developing commercial experience, long lasting relationships with colleagues and clients are realised through hard work, persistence and passion for the work that you do. At K&L Gates, we talk openly about the potential impact that work and lifestyle can have on wellbeing and encourage everyone to understand their own limits as well as look out for others. We encourage everyone to proactively manage their wellbeing and put in place strategies for themselves. The firm offers sporting activities through its Sports Club, connection with others through its Social Club as well as flexible working to enable the balance between life needs and work.
local office levels, including groups for women lawyers; LGBTIQ+ employees and allies; and working parents. We are committed to collaborating with our clients and communities to further our goals and we strive to maintain an inclusive culture that enriches the experience of our people, enabling them to better serve our clients. We encourage cooperation and teamwork and provide fair and ethical treatment of all employees. Work/life balance and flexible working arrangements Practising commercial law challenges all lawyers in so many ways. The rewards of developing commercial experience, long lasting relationships with colleagues and clients are realised through hard work, persistence and passion for the work that you do. At K&L Gates, we talk openly about the potential impact that work and lifestyle can have on wellbeing and encourage everyone to understand their own limits as well as look out for others.
We encourage our lawyers to proactively plan annual leave and offer additional leave through our Purchased Annual Leave program. With a proactive and disciplined approach to managing wellbeing, we believe that our lawyers will enjoy a long and healthy career in the law for many years.
We encourage everyone to proactively manage their wellbeing and put in place strategies for themselves. The firm offers sporting activities through its Sports Club, connection with others through its Social Club as well as flexible working to enable the balance between life needs and work. We encourage our lawyers to proactively plan annual leave and offer additional leave through our Purchased Annual Leave program. With a proactive and disciplined approach to managing wellbeing, we believe that our lawyers will enjoy a long and healthy career in the law for many years.
Our firm wide Diversity and Women in the Profession Committees lead the charge for diversity and inclusion throughout the firm. These committees span the globe, are supported by full-time staff and include members of the firmâ€™s Management Committee. The firm has various employee resource groups at the firm wide and
Pro bono work We actively encourage our lawyers to provide pro bono legal representation and to participate in other charitable, community, educational and professional activities. Each lawyer has a minimum number of pro bono hours they must achieve each year.
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We work on hundreds of such matters each year. In addition to providing legal assistance directly to individuals who have limited means but substantial civil legal needs, we provide legal counsel and public policy advocacy to help organisations advance their public-service programs; work to advance the rule of law around the world; and accept court appointments to provide pro bono counsel. Each year, the firm highlights a selection of recent pro bono work and awards in For the Public Good. Ideally you will be involved in pro bono matters during your clerkship. This will be dependent on the nature of the work that is available in the practice area during your clerkship. Application tips and what stands out in an application We believe in hiring individuals who will become a part of our collaborative, committed and diverse team, so it is important to us that you can demonstrate this in an interview. You will provide us with an understanding of our firm and why you want to be a part of it. Solid academic results are important but to be a successful lawyer you need to demonstrate talent and skill in a variety of areas. You need to be able to demonstrate in your application commerciality, logic and attention to detail, as well as an enthusiasm for delivering exceptional service. We want to see that you are able to demonstrate all of this, but most importantly, be yourself! What type of work a Seasonal Clerk will undertake During your clerkship at K&L Gates, you will benefit from being involved in real legal work. This will include participation in client meetings and court visits, research and drafting of advice and general support within one or more of our practice areas.
Employee Spotlight Claire De Koeyer
Lawyer, Corporate – Health Regulatory and M&A, K&L Gates Which degree did you undertake? I completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at Deakin University, Burwood. I always had a keen interest in both areas of my study, and while I was not sure in the beginning which I would pursue, it quickly became apparent that I had a real interest in law, and I think my skills and personality are more suited to the law. Why did you pursue a career in law? Both prior to commencing my studies and throughout my degree I worked in law firms. This really assisted me in my ultimate decision to pursue a career as a lawyer. What do you enjoy most about your job? What I enjoy about legal practice is that no two days are the same, no two clients are the same and no two files are the same. Each day is different and each day you are confronted with a new challenge. I find this challenging, intellectually stimulating and rewarding. It also means you truly never stop learning. In addition to the law itself, I work for a great team full of exceptionally talented people. They are generous with their time and are focused on the development of their junior lawyers. This is key as a junior lawyer - to find a mentor/supervisor who is interested and willing to invest in your development. There is so much to learn and it is really important to have people around you who are willing to share their knowledge. What do you think makes a good lawyer? This question is asked a lot (both in interviews and beyond) and I think it’s a tough one to answer. The obvious prerequisites are being willing to listen and learn, pay attention to detail, and be a team player (no lawyer acts in isolation, particularly in a large firm). A lesser mentioned trait, but by no means less important, was summed up when a senior partner said to me “Do the little things well. It is how you tackle the little things upon which you will be judged”. To give that some context, what they meant was: when you are given a menial/small/seemingly insignificant task as a junior lawyer, take to it all the attention and skill you would apply to a seemingly more important task. People will notice this. What advice would you give to students entering the clerkship process? Work hard on finding where you fit. I appreciate in the competitive context of the current job market it can feel like graduate lawyers are resigned to accepting any job they can get their hands on. However if you are in a position to choose and assess between alternatives, I urge you to assess the culture of the firm you’re looking at entering and critique whether you are culturally aligned. It’s as important a component as any other to ensure you enjoy your job (and a job you enjoy is one you are likely to succeed in).
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Level 50 600 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9643 4000 kwm.com HR Alana Arfi – Graduate Resourcing Consultant Alana.Arfi@au.kwm.com (03) 9643 5466 Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Via our online application system at kwm.com/careers
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Clerkship positions available Intake numbers vary from year to year. We generally take between 70 to 80 clerks in our Melbourne centre. Intake 1: 25-27 Intake 2: 25-27 Intake 3: 25-27 Key Dates Summer 1: 22 November to 14 December 2018 Summer 2: 17 January to 8 February 2019 Winter: 27 June to 19 July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market Whether we go to market for graduates varies from year to year 154
Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: Intake numbers vary from year to year, however we usually take on anywhere between 20 and 25 graduates. The majority of our graduates are generally recruited from our clerkship pool. International students 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. LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes About us 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.
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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 Practice areas Our Melbourne centre offers a number of market-leading practice teams including: Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects & Real Estate and Taxation. Seasonal Clerkship Program 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. 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.
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• 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 practice group. You’ll be allocated a supervisor in each of your practice groups and 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 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. The program provides a practical business foundation for junior lawyers. You’ll receive: • 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. 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,
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ensuring that you meet the requirements for admission to legal practice. As part of the Graduate Program, we also offer Practical Legal Training (PLT) for our Australian Law Graduates. PLT ensures that you meet the practical requirements for admission to legal practice. Delivered online during your first 6 months as a law graduate, it’s a customised, in house program conducted in association with the College of Law and aligned to the work you’ll do with us. What we look for 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. 156
What distinguishes us 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. Key values Our vision and values are the backbone of how we work and behave. They are part of our brand promise to our people, and our clients, and they ensure that we make a difference. Our values are: Client centric – Putting our clients (inside and outside the firm) at the centre of everything we say and do. Dynamic and entrepreneurial - We are passionate about challenging the market to create a shared future, together. We are bold in our aspirations and confident in our execution. One team, one firm - Our belief is that the power of together delivers the best results for our people, our clients, and the firm. We
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operate as one firm, working collaboratively and supporting each other across all cultures. Excellence and innovation - We combine quality and creativity, with the ability to get the right results through innovative solutions. Stewardship - We will build a stronger firm for the future generations by nurturing our clients and colleagues to excel at everything they do. International perspective - Connecting learning and understanding to open doors and unlock opportunities in our local and international markets.
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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 areas A practical understanding of our areas of legal practice A comprehensive knowledge of the firm, our technology, our resources, our processes, and of course the people you’ll work with.
International opportunities Our Graduate program also promotes and supports the mobility of our staff across our offices, by giving you the opportunity to apply to do a rotation 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. Application tips We are looking for clear, succinct and well-rounded applications. We appreciate candidates who have a balance between dedication to studies, parttime/casual work, extra-curricular activities and personal interests (yes, we are interested in your personal interests as well, so we would love to see them in your application!). Career development at King & Wood Mallesons At King & Wood Mallesons we adopt a holistic “70/20/10” learning philosophy. This means that we encourage an integrated approach to learning, where you build capability through a range of “formal” and “informal” learning experiences, ranging from day-to-day work activities, through to the more traditional face to face learning programs. The Graduate Program provides a practical business foundation for junior lawyers in their first 2 years. You will receive: • Meaningful work covering a wide range of practice areas, both in Australia and overseas 157
Banking and Finance James Corrigan and Emma Reed, Solicitors at King & Wood Mallesons Clerkship season is jargon central. The words “I’m working in banking and finance …” are not entirely self-explanatory (and can even be alarming!). As juniors, we remember that deciphering what a banking and finance lawyer actually does is often easier said than done – so we are here to lend a hand. Translating the lingo – so what is ‘banking’ and ‘finance’? Banking and finance law covers every aspect of the operations of banks and other financial institutions. Banking and finance lawyers help clients (which can include lenders, borrowers and other entities) to navigate the complex legal frameworks that govern transactions both domestically and internationally. This often involves drafting and negotiating contracts that set out the terms of various financial arrangements, as well as providing legal advice to organisations engaged in large transactions, such as complex infrastructure deals, IPOs, M&A deals and liquidations. At KWM, the banking and finance group is roughly divided into the following broad areas:
Corporate finance: Corporate finance is the basic building block for most of the more complex finance structures. It involves a financier lending money to a company under a loan agreement. This can be supported by a guarantee or some form of security like a security interest over all assets of the company.
Project Finance: Project finance involves a financier lending money to finance the development or acquisition of a specific project (such as a toll road, hospital or pipeline). Project finance is different from other types of finance in that the financiers only have access to the project’s assets and the loan is to be repaid principally out of the revenues produced by the project;
Leveraged finance: the use of borrowed funds to acquire companies (often involves advising private equity firms);
Property finance: the use of borrowed funds to acquire, and often to develop, property;
Asset finance: financing arrangements (for example commercial hire purchases, finance and operating leases, novated leases etc.) designed to fund investment in various assets (e.g. vehicles, industrial equipment, medical equipment etc);
Regulatory: assisting banks to comply with banking specific legislation and regulation (e.g. the National Credit Code, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws, the Corporations Act, etc.);
Debt Capital Markets: assisting clients seeking to raise debt financing through the use of instruments such as bonds in the domestic and international financial markets;
Derivatives: assisting clients seeking to enter into derivative transactions to manage risk exposure (including swaps, forwards and options). Derivatives are a type of contract, the value of which depends on the value of an underlying asset, reference rate or index (e.g. interest rates and exchange rates);
Structured finance: structuring financing arrangements to achieve particular tax, regulatory or accounting outcomes (examples include securitisations, hybrid security issues and structured loans); and 1
Restructuring and insolvency: advising both borrowers and lenders in relation to the position of businesses that are in financial difficulties and unable to repay their debts as well as assisting with the restructuring of a company and/or its debt arrangements to address such issues.
Here’s a specific example Given the complexity and bespoke nature of most of the work we do, no two banking and finance matters are the same. However, to give you a better idea of the type of work you might find yourself involved in, we have set out an example of a matter that combines a few of the sub-areas described earlier in this article. Social impact investment The KWM banking and finance group has helped State Governments drive innovative ways to achieve desirable social outcomes – through the use of social impact bonds. A social impact bond is a contract with the government pursuant to which the investor invests money in a project targeted at achieving a particular social outcome (for example, a program designed to address chronic homelessness). The project itself is managed by a third party (generally an NGO). If the project achieves its goal and results in financial savings, then investors are entitled to a portion of those savings, payable by the relevant government entity. From a banking and finance law perspective, this involves drafting bespoke legal documentation which necessitates the combination of creativity with technical legal skills. These matters also often combine expertise in debt capital markets (which is necessary to raise the debt capital through the issuance of the bonds at first instance) and project finance (as the matter is in essence a project with a set outcome that to some extent mirrors more traditional project financing transactions). Help! I don’t know anything about banking or finance – how do I fit in as a junior? No need to worry! Work given to juniors in the banking and finance group allows you to gain valuable insights into the practice area without throwing you too far into the deep end too early in the game. As a junior you will often be in charge of:
first drafts of transaction documentation;
conducting ASIC and PPSR searches;
running the deal completion agenda and facilitating the execution of deal documentation;
researching proposed regulatory changes to the banking sector;
working with clients to help manage compliance with regulatory requirements; and
attending meetings with clients or negotiations with the other side.
For transactional work, you will often be the person that is the closest to the transaction documents and the status of each of the deal documents as a deal unfolds – which can be really exciting! Truly global Finance is a truly international industry - finance documents look remarkably similar all over the world, and many countries closely follow each other’s systems of financial regulation. At KWM you will be exposed to overseas parties whether it be that the client is an overseas company looking to invest in Australia or an Australian client is looking to start operations overseas. You will work with foreign counsel in the United States, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom – sometimes all on the same transaction! Although this can sometimes lead to some interesting timeslots for all-parties conference calls, it is all part of the excitement which comes with being a banking and finance lawyer. The global nature of the industry also lends itself to some exciting secondment opportunities at the many offices that make up KWM’s global network.
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Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 7-10 in Melbourne International students considered: No LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes Level 12 Bourke Place 600 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9269 9000 landers.com.au HR Francesca Conquest – Recruitment Manager email@example.com Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship cvmail.com.au Method of application for Graduate Traineeship cvmail.com.au Clerkship positions available Approx. 25 Intake 1: 9 Intake 2: 7 Intake 3: 9 Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No. Our aim is to recruit our Graduates from our Seasonal Clerk intakes, in accordance with the LIV Priority Offer Guidelines.
About us Lander & Rogers is a leading independent Australian law firm operating nationally from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We are proud to be the trusted advisor to many publicly listed and private Australian companies, Australian subsidiaries of global companies as well as all levels of government. We have seven areas of practice, and we cover a range of industry sectors, with a focus on financial services, insurance, government, infrastructure, real estate, and retail and supply chain. We believe that legal services are much more than just the law - they are about great people, sustained excellence and exceptional client service. We have a reputation in the legal market as a provider of premium legal services, and as a sought after employer. We are renowned in Australia for our down-to-earth and friendly workplace culture. Practice areas The firm’s legal services are multi-disciplinary in nature and cover Corporate, Commercial Disputes, Compensation Law, Family & Relationship Law, Insurance Law & Litigation, Real Estate & Projects and Workplace Relations & Safety. Seasonal Clerkship Program Our seasonal clerkship program is built on learning and fun. We know you’ve joined us because you’re curious about what it’s like to be a lawyer, so we’ll do everything we can to show you the way by giving you a chance to have a go for yourself. On joining us you’ll be teamed with two lawyers (one experienced, and another a little closer in level
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to you) who will immerse you in the day to day running of their practices. What that means on a practical level will vary depending on the practice group you join (we’ll ask you to indicate your preferences), and could involve: • Researching points of law and summarising your findings • Drafting correspondence, court documents and sections of commercial agreements • Reviewing and analysing legislation and case law • Observing our lawyers in action at meetings, conferences, mediations and court • Attending practice group meetings and discussions In addition to building practical skills, you’ll also have plenty of time to get away from your desk to join the other seasonal clerks in your cohort to learn about your career possibilities at Landers, developing your understanding of our areas of expertise and social events - because having fun is serious business too! These experiences will provide you with a much clearer idea of what it means to be a lawyer. You’ll also develop a better feel for the human side of Lander & Rogers, such as why our people work here, where they’ve come from, and what they do when they’re not being lawyers. Graduate Traineeship Program Our graduate program is built on four practice group rotations (we’ll ask you to indicate your preferences), each of three months’ duration, and covering commercial and litigious areas of practice. Your practical experiences will be similar to the activities you tackled at the clerkship level, and will gradually increase in complexity to reflect the advancement of your skills and confidence with each rotation. You’ll also participate in a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law, as well as a comprehensive internal learning and development program to broaden your skills and knowledge.
In each rotation you’re teamed with an experienced lawyer who makes it their job to ensure you experience: • The best variety and volume of challenging work • A high level of client and file responsibility early on to speed your learning process • Coaching on skill development • Regular feedback on performance and progress • Advice on managing your transition into the legal profession At the end of each rotation, you’ll debrief with your supervisor, buddy and HR to discuss your experiences and progress, and to set objectives for the next rotation. On completion of the last rotation, we’ll ask you to indicate your preferred area of practice for placement in one of the firm’s seven practice groups as a qualified lawyer. What we look for We’re in the business of dealing with people and therefore aim to recruit and retain law students who have a friendly and down to earth style of engaging with others. We see this as important to your success in working with your clients and colleagues, and critical to the preservation of our happy workplace. You’ll also need intelligence to tackle the most interesting of legal scenarios, energy to absorb new concepts and changing laws, and a willingness to work productively with lots of different people. We don’t expect that you’ll be a gun at all of these things straight away, but when we meet you at interview we’ll be curious to learn more about your potential to handle these things in the future, based on the skills and experience you’ve already built through studying law (combined with other disciplines like arts, commerce and science) and any legal and non-legal part-time work, volunteer work and university activities you’ve tackled. 165
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What distinguishes us We care about our people and about building a great culture. Unlike a lot of law firms, we believe you can produce great work and still have fun while you’re doing it. We have a distinctively happy workplace, achieved through selectively recruiting people who think and act collaboratively and will strengthen our culture. We have grown organically, resulting in a highly cohesive firm sharing a strong work and services ethic, and high staff and partner retention rates. As a medium sized firm, we’re big enough to attract great clients with fantastic work; but small enough to be focussed on the important things like learning and development, opportunities for our people to progress, mentoring our junior lawyers and maintaining a happy workplace. Pro bono work Lander & Rogers is committed to developing a culture and business which supports the undertaking of pro bono work and other similar initiatives in the community. We have a market leading pro bono program in place which focuses on matters of access to justice, social inclusion and community service work. We have a pro bono partner appointed to drive the practice of pro bono at the firm and we treat pro bono work as equally important to the firm as paid work. Everyone in the firm is encouraged to participate in and engage with our pro bono work. Our pro bono practice is focused on how we can enable access to justice through our legal work, enhance social inclusion of marginalised Australians by providing opportunities to others, and serve our community through engagement of staff. We aim to prioritise our legal work to the areas where indigenous Australians or those marginalised by mental health, socio-economic status or age can be assisted, as well as matters concerning Human 166
Rights. Our work often involves taking on matters in the public interest. Application tips and what stands out in an application A carefully prepared and professionally presented application letter and CV is the key to maximising your potential to secure an interview, and offers an excellent opportunity for you to identify the skills and attributes that you believe will be of value to our firm. In addition to setting out your key skills and experience, you should also consider: • Whether you have expressed who you are be yourself, we want to see your personality shine through! • Your interests and hobbies - we recruit people who are passionate about their career in law, but who are also interested in things outside the law! • What you can offer our firm and why we should recruit you? • What attracts you to working with Lander & Rogers, e.g. how have you demonstrated that you are genuinely interested in our firm?
Real Estate & Projects Dean Balassis
Lawyer, Lander & Rogers
A snapshot of working in the property and construction space at Lander & Rogers - as part of the Real Estate & Projects (REP) team - involves a mix of capital transaction work (acquisitions and disposals) and asset management work. Since early 2017, when Michael Loterzo joined our team in Melbourne, I have also been increasingly advising on construction and building projects across Australia. Capital transactions generally, but particularly for transactions with a higher value, involve conducting duediligence. Due diligence sometimes involves almost the whole team (30+ lawyers) working together to review documents relevant to the transaction, or responding to requests for information about particular documents or the asset from the “other side”. Meanwhile, a smaller team negotiates the contract of sale and other ancillary documents between the buyer and the seller, and any financier, which takes into consideration the findings of the due diligence team. Both teams need to work together to ensure that all the issues get covered. On the other hand, a large component of the asset management work involves the leasing or licensing of property, which can normally be managed by a single lawyer. Leasing can be broken down by industry sector: retail (i.e. Coles, Bunnings), industrial (i.e. warehouses or factories), office or agricultural leasing. Each leasing transaction is different and as the client’s legal adviser you need to be constantly aware of the potential pitfalls in each deal. Generally, asset management work involves much more autonomy and responsibility on the individual lawyer to ensure they cover off on all the problems which may arise. A growing area of work for our team has been in the energy space - assisting local or global clients negotiate agreements with landowners and assisting with the construction of new energy production facilities (i.e. gas turbine generators, solar farms, wind turbines, etc.). As a 2-3 year lawyer in the team, I have been involved in: • providing advice to a national construction company on the construction of Victoria’s first ever vertical school; • assisting a global renewables company to negotiate contracts with landowners to allow the construction of a wind farm in north-west Victoria; • negotiating leases for some of Australia’s favourite brands, like Bunnings, Kmart and every law student’s favourite retailer, Officeworks; • the purchase of the Southgate complex from an Australian Real Estate Investment Trust (or REIT) for $578 million; • drafting a contract of sale for the sale of water rights by a national rural retailer in south Queensland; and • assisting a large local developer in the staged development and sale of an industrial park in Victoria. Day-to-day work in REP requires a solid understanding of relevant statutes, common law, and general contractual principles, and involves (mainly) reviewing documents, negotiating documents with the other side, or advising your client. You will also find yourself drafting a number of documents from leases and contracts of sale to Australian standard construction contracts all the way to submissions to VCAT or the Supreme Court for urgent injunctive relief. At its core, however, real estate and project work is about the people. As a front end (transactional) lawyer, our role is to consider what each party wants to achieve out of the deal and work towards a compromise 167
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which both parties can walk away from feeling satisfied. Therefore, understanding your client’s goal and objectives and, arguably more importantly, the other party’s goals and objectives is critical to achieving a positive outcome. At Lander & Rogers we act for some of Australia’s favourite brands and companies, and for large international investors who are looking to expand or establish a foothold in Australia. We also do a large amount of work for not-for-profit organisations and charities. Having a diverse client base means constantly learning and challenging yourself to understand the needs of the business and each individual’s style.
Family and Relationship Law Tamara Cook
Senior Associate, Lander & Rogers
Family and relationship law is an increasingly technical and specialised area of law. Our department practises solely in this complex area, and our thirty-six family lawyers have significant expertise in all aspects of property and children’s matters and related issues of family law. We are a team of highly experienced family law solicitors and a leading provider of family and relationship law services in Australasia and internationally. We are ranked First Tier in Doyles Guide’s Leading Family and Divorce Law firms in Australia 2017 and 2018, and our partners are also recognised as the best lawyers in their field by Best Lawyers in Australia and Doyles Guide. Our areas of expertise include: • matrimonial property proceedings in the Family Court of Australia dealing with an adjustment of property interests (acting for the parties to a marriage as well as third parties such as parents, companies etc.) • property proceedings arising out of the breakdown of de facto relationships and same sex relationships • children’s issues including contested residence and contact cases (custody and access) and specific issues dealing with a variety of matters including interstate and international relocations, freedom of movement cases, schooling and medical issues • child support and child maintenance matters • spousal maintenance proceedings • domestic violence matters • divorce proceedings • cohabitation agreements and separation agreements • artificial conception legal issues • step-parent adoptions Many family and relationship law matters involve a variety of related areas of law including corporate law, tax law, commercial disputes, property law, wills and estates and criminal law. Given the broad nature of our work, we also work closely with other professionals in specific areas including family counsellors, specialist lawyers in areas outside of family and relationship law, tax advisors, accountants, financial planners and specialist valuers. Often family and relationship law issues also extend beyond Australia’s borders as well as into Australian territory. We have strong relationships with family and relationship law practices overseas and work with our colleagues in these other jurisdictions to identify and implement the best outcomes for our clients, whether in Australia or abroad. As every matter is unique, different approaches and outcomes are appropriate for each matter. The different approaches we use depend on the client’s needs and circumstances and include: • direct conferencing • mediation • collaborative law • litigation (if there is no other viable alternative).
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Practising in family and relationship law is fast-paced, challenging and is definitely never boring. Our lawyers are engaged in work that includes: • appearing and instructing in VCAT, the Magistrates’ Court, the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court; • conducting conferences, mediations and negotiating settlement outcomes; • drafting correspondence, court documents and agreements; and • preparing cases for court which can include gathering and assessing evidence, speaking to witnesses and developing strategy. Our team is also heavily involved in pro bono work including working with Justice Connect, inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Women’s Legal Service Victoria, various Community Legal Centres, Anti-Slavery Australia, Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria and the Human Rights Law Centre. From day one, our junior lawyers are provided with a high degree of autonomy, whilst also having the benefit of support and expertise from a team of highly experienced and qualified lawyers. Upon starting in the group, our junior lawyers have the opportunity to work directly with clients, appear and instruct at court and draft correspondence and court documents. Every day in family and relationship law brings something different and exciting.
Sports Law Simon Merritt
Lawyer, Lander & Rogers
More than just a game, sport is big business, with millions (and sometimes billions) of dollars turned over by large sports in Australia and beyond. Accordingly, now more than ever, sports organisations require legal assistance to succeed in this increasingly complex area. Lander & Rogers’ Sports Business Group is a market leading sports, tourism and leisure legal practice that is focussed entirely on the broader sports sector. We provide legal advice and representation to a broad range of sporting organisations, including national and state sports organisations, professional clubs, venues, Government tourism and events authorities and many more. Since joining the Sports Business Group four years ago, some of my personal career highlights have included: • instructing in an Olympic selection appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; • assisting in the ASADA supplements investigation and subsequent prosecution of the Cronulla Sharks rugby league club; • assisting with the creation and establishment of Nitro Athletics; • advising a national sports organisation in relation to its unification under a single entity and subsequent deregistration of the various State/Territory bodies; • advising on and drafting major sponsorship agreements; and • negotiating with the NBA regarding the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport. As a lawyer in the Sports Business Group you have the opportunity to work with experts in this field of law, many of whom have assisted in the development of the industry and the practice of law in this area. The work we do is broad, incorporates front and back-end work and includes: • providing advice on appropriate governance, management and constitutional structures; • drafting commercial contracts and agreements, including in relation to sponsorship, venue hire and procurement; • mergers and acquisitions within the industry, including gaming venues; • risk management and insurance; • policy development in areas such as integrity (including anti-doping, corruption and match-fixing), member protection, privacy or selection of athletes; • dispute resolution, tribunals and litigation including Court of Arbitration for Sport matters; • advice on the development, protection and exploitation of sports rights, intellectual property, and broadcast and new media rights; • advice on personal injury and negligence in sport; • competition and consumer law issues; and • advice on competition and league structures. The approach in our team is collaborative and collegiate, and as a lawyer you are involved in a high level of client interaction, with opportunities to travel and undertake a multitude of business development activities. Much like sport itself, the pursuit of sports law is fast paced and requires dedication and hard work in order to acquire the specialist legal knowledge and understanding of the sports, leisure and tourism industries and the issues affecting them. 171
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That being said, the rewards can be immense, and it is always nice to be able to look at a newspaper article or watch a sporting event knowing that you played some small part in its development and administration.
Workplace Relations law Georgina Taylor
Senior Associate, Lander & Rogers
Workplace Relations law in Australia is wide-reaching, politically charged and always changing. Its significant social impact makes it, for me, a deeply interesting area of law. What is Workplace Relations law? The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) is the key piece of workplace relations legislation in Australia, but it is joined by many other acts to form a lattice of intersecting protections, rights and responsibilities for employers and employees across Australia. The Fair Work Act itself covers a lot of ground: its subject matter ranges from protections from unfair dismissal or discrimination to rules about the rights of union officials to enter employers’ sites, and from guidance about transfers of business to rules about strikes and industrial action. Add to that anti-discrimination legislation (like the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) or the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)), long service leave legislation, occupational health and safety legislation, paid parental leave legislation, payroll tax legislation and more, and you can understand why it feels like there’s always something new to learn in Workplace Relations. This is heightened by the relative accessibility and efficiency of its litigation processes - the common law develops rapidly, so there’s always new case law guidance my advice to clients. Experience at Lander & Rogers Since joining the Workplace Relations & Safety team at Lander & Rogers, I have: worked with major companies, public sector organisations, tertiary education institutions, small businesses and not-for-profits as their trusted legal advisor; • worked on a High Court of Australia appeal in a dispute between our client and the CFMEU on complex questions of law arising under the Fair Work Act; • instructed in a three week trial in the Federal Court defending vexatious claims of sexual harassment against two individuals and their employer (and in the appeal of that sexual harassment matter to the Full Federal Court); • appeared in mediations, conciliations and conferences in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Court and the Human Rights list of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal; • been seconded to a major tertiary education client; • visited clients’ workplaces to conduct workplace investigations, interviewing employees and witnesses; • helped train employees and employers about appropriate workplace behaviour; • prepared and reviewed contracts of employment and policies and procedures to make sure our clients have a strong and fair framework in which to run their organisations; and • spent two weeks in a remote Aboriginal community providing workplace relations advice and assistance to the Warmun Art Centre. • Workplace Relations at Lander & Rogers At Lander & Rogers, our Workplace Relations & Safety lawyers are known not only for our technical excellence, but also for our practical and insightful approach. The things I love about working with my colleagues - a down-to-earth, collaborative team - also make clients want to work with us. It makes it easy to enjoy coming to work each day. 173
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Graduates recruited from graduate market: 2 Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 7 International students considered: No LIV signatory: Yes Final year students considered: Yes Collins Square, Tower Two Level 25, 727 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3008 03) 9258 3555 maddocks.com.au HR Bridget Sisson – People & Culture Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9258 3740 Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Through graduate website – graduates.maddocks. com.au Method of application for Graduate Traineeship Filled through seasonal clerks Clerkship positions available Approx. 24 Intake 1: 8 Intake 2: 8 Intake 3: 8 Key Dates Intake 1: 19 November – 17 December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: TBC Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August – September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market Yes Applications open: 10 August 2018 Application close: 26 August 2018 176
About us Maddocks works in partnership with our clients to support them in reaching their goals. We provide premium commercial legal services to corporates, businesses and governments throughout Australia and internationally. We advise clients across a range of sectors, including education, government, infrastructure, healthcare, professional services and technology. At Maddocks we look for people whose values coincide with ours – integrity, diversity, collaboration, stewardship and innovation. We believe the unique position that Maddocks has in the market provides seasonal clerks, graduates and junior lawyers with the opportunity to work on high quality complex matters, take responsibility and have client contact at an early stage of their career. Practice areas • Commercial • Disputes Resolution and Litigation • Employment Safety & People • Public Law • Property • Construction • Development Seasonal Clerkship Program The Maddocks clerkship program is a great opportunity to eyepiece working in a dynamic firm and familiarise yourself with our culture. It starts with an induction program, followed by two rotations within our practice groups.
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Each clerk is assigned a senior lawyer as their coordinator to assist in managing workflow and act as a mentor for their rotation. They are also assigned a buddy and invited to network with current graduates. We offer our clerks hand-on, practical work. Clerks work closely not only with lawyers but with senior associates and partners, and have exposure to complex matters and client contact. Graduate Traineeship Program To help you find your passion in the law, we offer a structured 12 month program with three rotations. You’ll work with reasonable autonomy on high quality, complex matters and have contact with clients. When you’re not working from the office, you’ll be attending external meetings and court appearances. As a graduate, you’ll be assigned a senior lawyer during each rotation who will act as a mentor and assist with your workflow. A junior lawyer will also be assigned as your buddy to give you guidance and support. In addition to completing Practical Legal Training through the College of Law, we’ll provide you with specialised training for all our practice areas, as well as time management and communication skills to help you excel. What we look for We don’t have a specific type of seasonal clerk we look for. We look for students who have a wellrounded experience and approach to life, who not only have the right academic ability but who also fit the firm’s culture and values. Our comprehensive application form and recruitment process enables us to get to know our candidates quite well so that we can effectively assess their suitability. What distinguishes us Our firm culture is very important to us and we work hard to sustain it. The traits we look for at Maddocks are hard work, commitment, a genuine focus on the needs of our clients and approachability.
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Key Dates Applications open 9 July 2018 Applications close 12am 12 August 2018 Offers made 18 October 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
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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 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.
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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 thought about their own business acumen 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. Cultural fit is an important element in deciding on a career path for both the applicant and MinterEllison.
What can a successful candidate expect at MinterEllison?
How does the firm support continuous personal and professional growth?
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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 not just a qualified lawyer, but also empowering you to be a technical thinker and a 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.
Become your clients’ best partner MinterEllison lives and breathes the mantra of our clients’ best partner, through the relationship-driven approach to the way we work. By placing you outside the office you will have genuine opportunities to work hand in glove with clients where you will 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.
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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.
Commercial and Regulatory Practice (Technology, IP and Privacy) Paul Kallenbach Partner, MinterEllison
I’ve always been a technology enthusiast. But when I started my university education, I had no idea that my lifelong passion for all things technology would lead me into an interesting and rewarding career in law. After a year of studying actuarial science, I realised that the world of statistics and applied mathematics was not for me. I changed to law, and within a few weeks knew I’d made the right choice – language, semantics and legal reasoning held far more interest for me than life insurance tables and standard deviations. Over the course of my law degree, my interest in technology influenced my studies. After hearing from the student grapevine that MinterEllison had a very positive culture, I applied for and accepted a clerkship in the technology group (this at a time when the ‘technology’ at law firms did not yet include email!). Accepting a job offer from MinterEllison at the end of my degree was an easy choice. But when an opportunity arose three years later to join some others in starting a software company from scratch, I left the firm to gain some practical experience on the other side of the table. While Exari, the document automation and contract management solutions company I co-founded, is still going (and growing), I realised that my interest and passion lay in the practice of law, and returned to the firm. As a partner in MinterEllison’s technology, IP and privacy group, my client base is diverse, and the work I do ever-changing. Much of my work is a specialised form of contract law, but this is intertwined with intellectual property, telecommunications and internet law, commercialisation, and privacy and data protection. I’m also a director of MinterEllison’s award-winning technology innovation companies, Safetrac and Boardtrac, which offer a range of technology products to our clients (such as a portal for the distribution of board documents, and the delivery of online compliance training) - so I get to continue leveraging my passion for providing innovative, technology-enabled solutions to our clients. The great thing about this area is that the challenge is never the same: sometimes a client is creating an app or launching a website, and other times it is procuring or supplying several or hundreds of million dollars’ worth of business-critical core IT infrastructure or services. We also regularly deal with data breaches, which and have recently released the results of our third annual Perspectives on cyber risk survey. It’s important in my area to keep up with the latest developments in technology, be it drones, payments systems or the advent of the blockchain (each of which we have recently advised on). While a keen interest in technology and a firm grasp of contract law principles are key, skills such as contract drafting, negotiation skills and formulating practical, commercially-focussed solutions that meet your client’s needs are learnt through hands-on experience. And as your experience and knowledge grows, so will the complexity of the issues you get to consider. Of course MinterEllison has more to offer than its great work. The firm truly values and invests in its culture, providing plenty of opportunities to get involved in social, sporting, charitable and cultural events. In my time here I’ve mentored high school students, undertaken pro bono work for a range of not-for-profit organisations, presented to boards, CEOs and general counsel on a wide range of technology-related issues, and had the opportunity to interact with and advise people from all walks of business life.
My life as a clerk Edward Davis
Oh hello. I didnâ€™t see you there. My name is Edward Davis and I was a grad at MinterEllison before settling in the Dispute Resolution team after a six-month rotation. I previously completed three other rotations, two at MinterEllison (Media Law and Real Estate, Environment and Planning) and one on secondment to Justice Connect. The learning curve is very steep when you start as a graduate but the work is intellectually stimulating. In the media team, I was mainly involved with defamation proceedings. My responsibilities included drafting responses to notices of concern, preparing briefs to counsel and writing submissions. I have also been involved in a high profile suppression order case and assisted with the drafting of memoranda of advice to companies regarding their privacy obligations. The REEP team is divided into General Property, Leasing and Environment and Planning. I sat in the General Property team and helped draft contractual and conveyancing documents, attended settlements and prepared research memoranda. Both teams are incredibly diverse, dynamic and welcoming. At Justice Connect, I mainly offered support to transgender youths and advocated for changes to the current legal system. But before that, I prepared my body for the Thunder Dome and went through the clerkship process (just like you are about to). During my MinterEllison clerkship, I was in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HRIR) team. It was an incredibly positive experience. The clerkship program is very thoughtfully devised and includes social, vocational and educational components. If I had any trepidations about starting at a top tier law firm, they were quickly assuaged. During the first week of the clerkship we were given extensive IT and legal training with the charismatic Michael Gavin, whose pneumonics will make even the dullest research tasks (of which there are none) a pleasure. We were introduced to our teams and also given a presentation by a partner from each practice group in the firm. These sessions provided some guidance as to what areas of law you might be interested in if you decided to work at Minter Ellison following your degree. In our first week, the graduates from the previous year also took us to dinner at Fonda, where we could ask them important questions about billable targets and what to wear on casual Fridays. There are also firmwide morning teas every Friday and work drinks on the first Friday of every month, the theme of which is chosen by the hosts. By the second week of our clerkships, we were working hard in our practice groups. The clerkship period can be a stressful and challenging time, so fostering relationship with other clerks who are in a similar position to you provided valuable relief and a new perspective. During my clerkship, I shared an office with my buddy, with whom I would strike up a close friendship. I had a prior interest in employment law having studied it the semester before and having volunteered for a community law centre that specialised in that area. Generally speaking, employment law is a very interesting area to work in. For one thing, it spans a wide range of different areas of law (administrative, contract, tort, corporations, anti-discrimination etc.) and for another, it will effect almost every single person you know or will know.
I worked closely on a few unfair dismissal and anti-discrimination cases and on a large case about the validity of a restraint of trade clause being run in the Supreme Court of Victoria. This was incredibly exciting and gave me the opportunity to work closely with a partner and apply the research skills that I have developed at university and the firm. Finally, the HRIR group at Minters also does a lot of educative work. I helped prepare presentations to numerous bodies, such as universities. Topics included compliance with FairWork and anti-discrimination obligations. I was given the opportunity to sit in on client interviews, draft letters and attend the FairWork Commission. Minter Ellison has received many accolades for its employment law practice and it is easy, having worked in that team, to see why that is the case Before I knew it, the third week had arrived and I began wrapping up the work in which I had been involved. It was hardest to say goodbye to my buddy, but we promised to stay in touch. And we did. On the morning of offer day, instead of my supervising partner ringing to offer me the graduate position, my buddy made the call. Grinning broadly, I told her I would need to think about it ... of course I was joking. But you gotta keep em keen. When I reflect on the mesmerising fear and anxiety I experienced during the clerkship period at university, it is funny to think that I am here now writing this article. I know it seems insurmountable, but I am sure, no matter where you end up, that you will be in the same position as me. I would highly recommend that anyone with an interest in commercial law apply to MinterEllison. The interview may be thorough, but it is worth it! Hoping to see you at the firm, Edward Davis
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Russell Kennedy Centre Level 12 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9609 1555 rk.com.au HR Heidi Connell – People & Culture – Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Through firm website. Method of application for Graduate Traineeship Through firm website. Clerkship positions available 25-30 Intake 1: 8-10 Intake 2: 8-10 Intake 3: 8-10 Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 (4 weeks) Intake 2: January – February 2019 (4 weeks) Intake 3: June – July 2019 (3 weeks) Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August – September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: 6-7 188
About us Russell Kennedy works for a broad range of clients – including all tiers of government, private and public companies and not-for-profit organisations. We have particular strength in some key industry sectors; notably the Health, Aged Care and Retirement Living, Property, Community Services, Property & Development, and Government sectors. At Russell Kennedy we are very proud of our collegial culture and we work hard to recruit people that we believe will flourish in our environment. We encourage a professional and committed work ethic, while recognising the importance of a positive working environment that facilitates collaboration and empowers our people to reach their potential. Practice areas Russell Kennedy is a full service commercial law firm, our areas of practice include: • Agribusiness & Plant Science • Construction & Infrastructure • Commercial • Corporate Advisory • Dispute Resolution • Finance Litigation • Government & Administrative Law • Information Technology • Intellectual Property • International • Leasing & Licensing • Mergers & Acquisitions • Personal Injury & Compensation • Planning & Environment • Private Client • Prosecutions & Statutory Interpretation • Property & Development • Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety
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At Russell Kennedy we are committed to providing exceptional legal strategies and solutions to our clients, guided by market leading expertise across our sectors of focus which include: • Aged Care & Retirement Living • Financial Services • Business Services • Health Law • Insurance • Local Government & Water • Not For Profit • Property Development • State & Commonwealth Government Seasonal Clerkship Program Our Seasonal Clerkship Program is designed to give you a real taste of life at Russell Kennedy. We have designed the program to be informative and interesting to help you decide whether you would like to apply for a Law Graduate position. From the outset, clerks are paired with a Mentor and a Buddy in their allocated Practice Group who will ensure that they receive the necessary support to get the most out of their time with us. Our clerks will be doing real work such as drafting correspondence, assisting with research, attending court and participating in client meetings. Clerks will also be able to attend our in-house seminars for professional development and spend time with our current Law Graduates to learn about their experiences, challenges and triumphs. We also encourage our clerks to get involved in the pro bono work available at Russell Kennedy. Graduate Traineeship Program The Law Graduate Program involves four rotations for three months each. Law Graduates rotate through each of the firms practice group areas, which ensures that they are given the opportunity to gain maximum exposure and experience in each of the areas by the end of their Graduate year. Ideally by the end of the program, Law Graduates
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can make an informed decision on which practice area they might like to settle in. Upon commencement, Law Graduates are allocated a Principal Supervisor for their graduate year. They meet with their Principal Supervisor on a regular basis to ensure they are up-to-date with their SLT workbook and that they have reached the appropriate level of competence. In addition to this, we also allocate the Law Graduates a Buddy and Assistant Supervisor for each rotation. They will both assist with the transition from university to full-time employment. What we look for Naturally a sound academic record is an important starting point, however we also look for other attributes such as extra-curricular interests and life experiences outside of your studies. These may include things such as previous work experience, volunteer work, travel, sporting or cultural interests. What distinguishes us Russell Kennedy has a proud heritage dating back to 1857. Today, we are one of the largest Melbourne-based firms and aim to make a positive contribution to the community and we take our responsibilities as a corporate citizen seriously. In addition to the pro bono work we do, Corporate social responsibility at Russell Kennedy consists of three distinct yet equally important focuses: • the environment; • leadership and participation; and • workplace giving. Russell Kennedy is committed to reducing its environmental impact and promoting environmental awareness among its staff, clients and suppliers, as well as the broader community. With these dual aims in mind, the firm has implemented numerous environmental initiatives, such as regularly calculating its carbon footprint and encouraging sustainable work practices as part of the firm’s obligations as a member of the Australian Legal 189
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Sector Alliance (“AusLSA”). AusLSA is an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector, which Russell Kennedy joined in 2009. Russell Kennedy encourages its staff to contribute to their communities. Many of the firm’s staff serve on Boards and advisory committees for charities and other not-for-profit organisations, such as Mercy Health, Mental Health Community Legal Centre and Connections UnitingCare. Others engage in mentoring and volunteering, through organisations such as Victorian Women Lawyers and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Russell Kennedy has a longstanding commitment to workplace giving. The firm nominates a monthly charity to which it invites staff to donate, with past charities including Autism Awareness Australia, Alzheimer’s Australia and the Cancer Council. Russell Kennedy sponsors a child through World Vision, and donates to World Vision’s projects on an ad hoc basis. The firm participates in annual Christmas gift appeals on behalf of charities such as Berry Street and Melbourne City Mission. Culture and diversity Russell Kennedy promotes a workplace culture that actively embraces and fosters diversity and inclusion. Our aim is to create an environment at Russell Kennedy that is characterised by equal access and respected participation of all groups and individuals. This is regardless of cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, age, religious differences, abilities and disabilities, socioeconomics and sexual orientation. We want our people to feel included and confident in bringing their whole selves to work, and where their talents are nurtured, empowering them to contribute to the success of the firm. Russell Kennedy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and has a number of initiatives to ensure that we continue to actively encourage diversity in all its forms. 190
We were pleased to be publically recognised as an organisation committed to gender equality being granted an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation by the Australian Government statutory agency, Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Managing Director Paul Gleeson signed the pledge to be a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador. Pay equity will assist Russell Kennedy to attract a broader talent pool, improve engagement and productivity and enhance the firm’s reputation as a great place to work. Our diversity initiatives are supported through the following: • Diversity & Inclusion Committee • Gender Equality Committee • The Russell Kennedy Women’s Network Employee learning and development programs Russell Kennedy has a dedicated Learning and Development program called ‘Edge’. This program is designed to nurture the talents of employees so they can effectively reach their full potential at Russell Kennedy. All Russell Kennedy staff are given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through working in a stimulating environment and learning from practitioners who are expert-leaders in their respective fields. Russell Kennedy’s Career Map and Competency Framework describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are necessary to succeed at the firm. The competency framework focuses on four general areas: technical, client, business and people. Work/life balance and flexible working arrangements The firm’s greatest asset is its employees; therefore it is important that we create an environment that supports a diverse and flexible workforce. We
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encourage a professional and committed work ethic, while recognising the importance of an enjoyable working environment and balanced lifestyle. We promote our work-life integration by having a flexible working policy, which provides staff with the opportunity to apply for flexible working arrangements. The firm has adopted an ‘all roles are flexible approach’ unless there are reasonable business grounds why the role cannot be flexible. These arrangements can be to assist with an employee’s childcare requirements, to assist with looking after elderly family members, or other personal commitments such as their local church, community centre or sporting activities.
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Russell Kennedy has been a signatory to the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s Aspirational Target since 2011. In the last financial year, Russell Kennedy Lawyers completed 48 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer, which is well above the Aspirational Target of 35 hours per lawyer per year. We also pay tribute to our staff through the annual presentation of our Pro Bono Award to a member of our team who has significantly contributed to our pro bono efforts.
The firm has an active Health and Well-being program, offering • regular seminars on health related issues, • discounted gym memberships, • flu shots, and • Employee Assistance Program for staff and their families. We also have a number of sporting teams you can get involved with, these include • cricket, • netball, • triathlons, and • fun runs. Pro bono work As experienced and enthusiastic supporters of pro bono, Russell Kennedy are committed to make a difference and create positive change in our community. In addition to the traditional pro bono legal services our lawyers perform, many of our staff also volunteer their time with committees, boards and various community-focussed roles. For Russell Kennedy, pro bono legal work involves the provision of free legal services, which will enhance access to justice for disadvantaged persons or organisations and/or promote the public interest. 191
Supporting Pro Bono and Flexible Work Practices at Russell Kennedy Rohan Harris, Partner
Russell Kennedy recognises that employees are highly engaged when they are doing work that they love and have work-life balance. We also acknowledge that life gets busy and can be hard to manage. To support our employees, the firm has adopted an ‘all roles are flexible approach’ where possible. Our people work in challenging areas of the law and their work makes an impact in the broader community through the firm’s commitment to pro bono. There are a number of opportunities to get involved in pro bono work as a Seasonal Clerk. This includes assisting in the set-up of new charities, providing corporate governance advice to not-for-profit organisations, assisting refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and offshore or helping with referrals from Justice Connect. Russell Kennedy has a dedicated Pro Bono practice group which drives a culture that supports junior staff members to get involved in this type of work. Rohan Harris Rohan Harris is a Partner, Practice Group Leader and Board Member at Russell Kennedy. As a leader at the firm Rohan demonstrates how flexibility can work, at all levels of the firm, to ensure our people are able to balance commitments outside of work with work. Russell Kennedy’s flexible approach helps to attract and retain talented individuals. He is supportive of the firm’s initiatives in this area and promotes using innovation and technology to work flexibly, whether it be from home or on the go. The firm understands that supporting our people will facilitate a happier and more engaged workforce. Rohan has had a successful career at Russell Kennedy starting out as an Articled Clerk and now heads up the Corporate and Commercial practice group and is a member of the board. Obviously this is a busy role but Rohan acknowledges the importance of getting the balance right between work and personal life. Rohan has a flexible work arrangement, he works from home one day a week however varies his schedule based on client needs. This allows him to do his job well, be a father and a husband as well as maintain other passions outside of work such as playing the saxophone in a local band. It’s important for him to have a challenging and fulfilling career while not missing out on other things that add to his life in a different way.
Supporting Pro Bono and Flexible Work Practices at Russell Kennedy Kate Vanrenen, Lawyer
Kate Vanrenen Kate Vanrenen is a Lawyer in the Dispute Resolution practice group and the recipient of the 2017 Russell Kennedy Pro Bono Award. Kate started out at the firm as a Seasonal Clerk and completed her Graduate year in 2016. Recently, Kate had the opportunity to assist three vulnerable Iranian refugees being held in detention on Nauru. Her role was to institute appeal proceedings in the High Court of Australia after their applications for refugee status and their appeals to the Supreme Court of Nauru were refused. She began preparing the first High Court appeal when she was still a Law Graduate. Her role was to liaise with the pro bono barristers, Nauru’s solicitors, the High Court and the clients to ensure that both appeals ran smoothly. Travelling to Canberra and having the opportunity to instruct the barristers in the High Court was an experience that Kate will never forget. Kate describes this opportunity as a priceless learning experience which complements her work as a lawyer in Russell Kennedy’s Dispute Resolution team. Kate finds pro bono work both personally and professionally rewarding. She has achieved positive outcomes for refugee and asylum seeker clients and witnessed the tremendous impact those outcomes have had on her clients’ lives. From these experiences Kate has learned what it means to persist in the face of great adversity and feels fortunate to have been able to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people. Kate is grateful that the firm supports this important work and appreciates the impact it has on the community, and the development opportunities that it presents to its staff.
Be the difference At Russell Kennedy Lawyers we are a size where each person counts. Where every employee is valued and their contribution has an impact. We establish clear career goals and plans for all employees and provide extensive learning and development opportunities.
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Level 39, Rialto South Tower 525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8080 3500 tglaw.com.au HR Amy Goodrope – People & Development Manager P&D@tglaw.com.au Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Applications open Monday 9 July 2018 via cvMail or the Thomson Geer website. Method of application for Graduate Traineeship Students who complete a clerkship with the firm will be eligible to be considered for a position in the firm’s next graduate program, commencing 2020 Clerkship positions available 6-10 clerks per intake per office Intake 1: 6-10 Intake 2: 6-10 Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: September 2018 Offers released: 10.00am 18 October 2018 Recruitment from graduate market No Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: This is 196
About us We are a large Australian Corporate law firm. We have around 500 people, including approximately 100 Partners operating out of our offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. By size we are one of the 10 largest law firms in Australia. Out industry coverage and client work is diverse. Our clients are principally spread across four classifications: • ASX Top 200, mid and small caps • Major global foreign corporations • Government • Large and medium private companies Our clients include companies in banking and finance, construction, energy and resources, healthcare, telecommunications, property development, wealth management, tax, gaming and leisure, and media, broadcasting and entertainment. Practice areas • Advertising & Marketing • Agribusiness • Banking & Finance • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical • Competition & Regulation • Construction & Projects • Corporate & Advisory • Education • Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety • Energy & Resources • Environment & Planning • Franchising • Funds Management & Financial Services • Gaming & Leisure • Government • Health, Aged Care & Retirement Villages • Insurance
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Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution Media, Broadcasting & Entertainment Mergers & Acquisitions Property Restructuring & Insolvency Superannuation & Wealth Management Tax Technology
Seasonal Clerkship Program We know you’re not just a student on work experience. We want to provide you with a realistic introduction to the legal profession. From day one, you’ll be an active participant in the team, involved in all aspects of legal practice, and working directly with experienced practitioners. During your clerkship with Thomson Geer you will: • undertake meaningful work for real clients, including opportunities to attend client meetings, observe court proceedings, conduct legal research, draft correspondence and court documents and develop technical skills in areas such as drafting, due diligence and disclosure have the assistance and support of a supervising partner and a junior lawyer who remembers what it was like to be a new clerk and can act as a buddy/mentor have weekly catch ups with your mentor and with People & Development • have secretarial support and access to fantastic technology and research resources • participate in a formal performance review process with your supervising partner and mentor to reflect on your development and capture feedback from your colleagues We also want you to enjoy your time with us – there are lots of social events you can get involved in – and what better way for you to get to know your colleagues? Our clerkship selection process The first stage of our process involves your
application being submitted through our website using cvMail. You will be required to respond to a number of questions regarding your experience, interests and academic achievements. You will also need to submit a copy of your current CV and most recent academic transcript. For those who move through to the first round of our interview process, you will be assigned a research and presentation task to be completed through an online video submission. This stage of the process provides you with an opportunity to perform at your best, by providing you with time to research, analyse and present responses to the questions assigned to you. Applications that are selected to progress beyond this stage will be invited to a Firm Information and Networking Evening with our Melbourne Partners. You will have an opportunity to engage directly with our Partners on their current and recent work, learn more about the firm and gain an understanding of the contribution you may be able to make through your relevant studies, experience and interests. Graduate Traineeship Program Students who complete a clerkship with the firm will be eligible to be considered for a position in the firm’s next graduate program, commencing in 2020. In Melbourne, we offer our graduates the opportunity to compete a Supervised Workplace Traineeship (SWT). This program runs for 12 months and includes three rotations in different practice areas to help determine the area of law which best suits you. This program is geared towards expanding your skills across a range of practice areas. You will be able to express your preference for the areas of practice through which you would like to rotate. There are no further study requirements when you complete a traineeship – it is nearly all completed as on the job training. This is supplemented by comprehensive training 197
in-house, as well as structured external training supporting you to become a well-rounded and technically competent practitioner, full qualified for admission. What we look for We are looking for hard-working and motivated law students who have excelled academically, are client focused, commercially minded, work well in a team environment and are enthusiastic about commencing their career with a dynamic law firm. We are especially keen to talk to students who have an additional technical degree! All of our clerks are viewed as potential graduates, and all of our graduates as potential leaders. We therefore look for the same qualities in our clerks and graduates that our lawyers need to possess. Our lawyers are genuinely interested in our clients and their businesses. They need a critical and curious mind and are passionate about developing solutions in their commercial context. Our lawyers work constructively in diverse teams with both senior and junior practitioners across legal disciplines and jurisdictions. What distinguishes us We have access to high quality work for major institutional clients in sectors such as banking, construction, energy, health, telecommunications, property development and gaming & leisure. This provides our lawyers exposure to excellent work while maintaining small teams where each lawyer gets to develop and learn from senior lawyers, including Partners. Our clients are at the center of everything we do; so it is not only the openness we demonstrate in our dealings with each other, but also the wellestablished and trusting relationships we have with our clients, which makes Thomson Geer a great place to work.
The Law is an incredibly rewarding profession, however we also recognise that it can be demanding. For this reason, Thomson Geer aims to create an environment that is flexible, friendly, personable, collegiate and professionally stimulating. Our wellbeing@work program supports employees to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Our employees love to get involved in triathlons, mixed sporting teams and yoga, and they enjoy massages and healthy breakfasts. Work/life balance and flexible working arrangements The Law is an incredibly rewarding profession, however at Thomson Geer we also recognize that it can be demanding. For this reason, we aim to create an environment in all of our offices that is flexible, friendly, personable, collegiate and professionally stimulating. We work hard to enhance this culture through transparent and authentic communication, and by ensuring we are respectful and accountable to each other every day. A range of flexible working options are available to all members of our firm, including many of our partners and other senior lawyers who lead by example. In addition, our wellbeing@work program supports employees to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Our active social committee ensures there are always lots of opportunities to develop close relationships with colleagues. Our lawyers and other staff also practice their teamwork outside of the office by participating in various sporting teams. A snapshot of some of our benefits: Wellbeing â€˘ Access to free, confidential counseling service for employees and their immediate family â€˘ In-house exercise programs such as yoga
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Balance • Ability to ‘purchase’ additional annual leave • Paid parental leave benefits • Flexible work policies • Community service leave • Study assistance and study leave Fun • End of Financial year and Christmas functions • Social Club activities • Discounted goods and services through our clients and commercial partners • Friday night drinks • Sporting teams Pro bono work At Thomson Geer, we understand the importance of giving back to our community. This involves helping to ensure that all members of the community have fair access to legal representation/advice. In line with this objective, we actively seek opportunities to provide support for worthwhile causes.
Engaging in pro bono work is rewarding for both our communities and our lawyers. Those who engage in these activities are often exposed to experiences, clients, areas of law, and procedures that are not accessible in their everyday job. Application tips and what stands out in an application You will stand out from the crowd if you are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in, and understanding of, the questions that are put to you. We are less concerned with the ‘right’ answer, and more with your ability to consider an issue, and provide a measured, commercial and comprehensive response. In addition, you will display an understanding of how to consider the issue in the context of our clients’ commercial goals, and how you might assist them in achieving these. Our clerks are curious, hungry to learn and committed to constant innovation and improvement. When we receive a clerkship application, these are the things that will help set you apart: •
One of the initiatives our firm is committed to is the provision of pro bono legal advice to marginalised and disadvantaged groups across the States in which we operate. We have an established pro bono program, with dedicated senior lawyers in each of our offices who take ownership of this program.
Of particular note is the pro bono work we do in association with Cancer Council Australia. Thomson Geer provides a free service in assisting terminally ill cancer patients with their legal needs. We also provide pro bono advice to homeless people at St Vincentian House in Sydney and participate in the FareShare program which provides free meals to the hungry and homeless.
Demonstrating an understanding of, and interest in, the Australian economy and a commercial environment, as this helps our clerks contribute to the success of our clients. Demonstrating a dedication to pursuits outside your studies. Whether it be in study, work, or community interests, being able to show that you constantly seek opportunities to contribute more than is expected – in both your personal or professional pursuits. We hold in high regard a commitment to continuous selfimprovement. We look for a strong work ethic in our clerks, so we look for an application that is able to demonstrate that.
And importantly, be yourself. Inject your personality into your application, so we get a feel for how you would fit into our team!
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ARRIVE... A LARGE AUSTRALIAN CORPORATE LAW FIRM WHY CHOOSE US? We know you’re not just a student on work experience. We want to give you a realistic introduction to the legal profession. How does this happen? From day one, you’ll be an active member of the team, working directly with experienced practitioners. We also want you to enjoy your time with us – there are lots of social events you can join – and what better way for you to get to know your colleagues?
DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS TO SET YOU UP FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE We will dedicate time to your development as an up and coming lawyer in our team: an investment in you is an investment in our future, and the future of our valued clients. You will find that our partners and staff are approachable and happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. We encourage our clerks, graduates and trainees to get as much exposure to different practice areas and ways of working as they can – this is a reflection of how we work as a wider organisation; a fully integrated, cohesive, national team.
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OUR CLERKSHIP & GRADUATE PROGRAM We are looking for law students who have excelled academically, are client focused, commercially minded, and work well in a team environment. We are especially keen to talk to students who have an additional technical degree! Our structured four week program helps clerks learn through a combination of hands-on experience, training, coaching and observation. Students who complete a clerkship are eligible to be considered for a position in our next graduate program, commencing in 2020. This program runs for 12 months and includes rotation among different practice areas to help determine the area of law which best suits you.
APPLICATIONS If your ambition is to develop a career in commercial law and you possess the drive to make your ambitions a reality, we want to hear from you. If you also have a desire to work interstate one day, let us know! We welcome the opportunity to assist our team members with personal career development. Applications open 9 July 2018 via cvMail or our website.
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Level 32 525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8486 8000 whitecase.com/careers/locations/australia HR Lauren Evans – APAC Recruitment Manager email@example.com Method of application for Seasonal Clerkship Visit our careers website, www.whitecase.com/ careers/locations/australia. You will need to complete an online application form, provide a CV and cover letter, and answer a series of questions. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an interview. Method of application for Graduate Traineeship via the Vacation Clerkship Program, Graduates are identified Clerkship positions available 27* Intake 1: 3* Intake 2: 11* Intake 3: 13* Key Dates Intake 1: November – December 2018 Intake 2: January – February 2019 Intake 3: June – July 2019 Applications open: 9 July 2018 Applications close: 12 August 2018 Interview period: August – September 2018 Offers released: 18 October 2018
Additional Information Graduates recruited from clerking pool: Yes International students considered: Yes LIV signatory: No Final year students considered: Yes About us Working at White & Case will launch, accelerate and build your career, opening doors and relationships around the world. At White & Case, ‘global’ is considerably more than a market description. With an unrivalled network of 43 offices across 30 countries, our Firm is one of the only US-based law firms to establish a truly global presence, offering market-leading commercial services in virtually every area of law that affects crossborder business. We work closely with highly sophisticated, multijurisdictional clients including some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities. Our Firm has built a reputation on going above and beyond for the client, and providing clarity of judgement in especially complex or uncertain areas of law. This has earned the Firm consistent recognition as a global industry leader, particularly in International Arbitration, Project Finance, and Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions. Opening our doors to the Melbourne and Sydney offices in 2016, the White & Case presence in Australia is very new and exciting. Rather than growing to become a full service firm like some of our competitors, we maintain a deliberate focus on the booming Global Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. As such, we are uniquely placed to draw upon our global network of expertise to cater to the multi-jurisdictional needs of our clients, whilst
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simultaneously maintain nimble team structures to promote proficient training of our junior lawyers. Practice areas In Australia, our key areas of work include: • Project Delivery; • Project Finance; • Corporate M&A; • Disputes and International Arbitration • Environment and Planning. Seasonal Clerkship Program Our 3-week Vacation Clerkship program offers law students a practical insight into life as a White & Case junior associate. You’ll be welcomed into a Practice Group (taking into account your preferences), where you’ll undertake meaningful tasks (including drafting contracts and memoranda, researching and interpreting legislation and case law, preparing client alerts, and engaging in document review and due diligence work). You’ll also have the opportunity to attend client meetings, work on pro bono matters, and broaden your understanding of the life-cycle of the deals that your team is working on. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to build your professional network. Throughout the clerkship you’ll work closely with your Support Team, consisting of a Supervisor (a Partner), a Mentor (an Associate), and a Buddy (a junior Associate), who will provide you with assistance, advice, and both formal and informal feedback. Additionally, inhouse practice group seminars will allow you to better understand the kind of work we do and the service we provide for our clients. Above all, the clerkship is as much a process about our Firm finding out who you are, as it is about you finding out who we are. As such, clerks are encouraged to ask questions and get involved in the range of extra-curricular activities on offer (see heading 7).
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Graduate Traineeship Program As a White & Case Graduate, you will undertake an intensive 18-month program (3 x 6 month rotations, taking into account your preferences) designed to fully equip you with the necessary skills to become a global commercial lawyer. You’ll work on fast-paced, cutting edge projects from the very beginning. You’ll gain client exposure early on, and handle substantive matters with first-rate guidance and supervision from industry leaders. You’ll be assigned a Supervisor, a Mentor and a Buddy who will adequately challenge you to develop your skills and find your passion in the law. You will have the full support of your team and the Firm as you complete your Practical Legal Training with The College of Law, and play an active role in the various committees and sub-committees within our Firm. Additionally, as part of our Graduate Program, you will attend training sessions throughout the year to enhance your legal and professional skills, and receive ongoing formal and informal feedback from your Supervisor, Mentor and Buddy. Importantly, what makes our Graduate Program unique is our steadfast dedication to producing lawyers with a global mindset and an international skill-set. Exposure to work involving cross-border clients and matters will be part of your experience. What we look for We’re looking for high achievers who want to be part of a dynamic, growing global business. There’s no such thing as a typical White & Case lawyer - we don’t have a template. We’re proud that our people are from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds. We attract people with a global mindset, who prioritise learning about different cultures, experiences, languages and viewpoints. It goes without saying that we expect intelligence and academic excellence. But the way you think is crucial. You need to be able to analyse how the law works and be creative, yet pragmatic, in your interpretation of it.
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We value collaboration and a team-oriented mindset. Clients and colleagues will depend on you to perform tasks accurately, efficiently, and to work in teams to complete work and meet deadlines. What distinguishes us White & Case is a unique offering in the Australian market. We are a boutique office specialising in the Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Finance and Environment & Planning areas. Cutting-edge work Our lawyers work on high-profile, cutting-edge matters for leading global companies. Our longestablished list of global clients includes some of the biggest names in the financial, corporate, institutional and government sectors. Much of our work is international and cross-border, making it both interesting and challenging. Global experience and exposure Our global footprint of 43 offices in 30 countries provides unrivalled experience in the operational realities of cross-border law. Many White & Case clients are multinational organizations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices. Global networking opportunities Working with White & Case opens doors to relationships and experiences around the world that will help our lawyers build their careers, wherever it takes them. A high stretch, high support culture White & Case is a high-stretch, high-support workplace that celebrates individual excellence and team success. We will help you become a great lawyer with globally available training and mentoring programs at every stage of your career. We offer an outstanding training program focused on developing the international lawyers of the future.
The opportunity to join a dynamic and growing business We’re strategically committed to substantial growth between now and 2020—in numbers of clients, revenues and profitability and lawyer headcount. Make an impact We live our Firm’s global commitment to social responsibility through a robust, international pro bono program in which all lawyers are invited to participate. Last year, White & Case lawyers billed more than 108,000 pro bono hours. Last year, our local matters included advising Hagar International, Save the Children Australia, Animal Law Clinic and the Disability Discrimination Legal Service. In Melbourne, a new initiative with Justice Connect gives our Melbourne lawyers the opportunity to meet with clients to give advice directly on Domestic Building Disputes that are about to commence in VCAT. Extra-curricular benefits and activities Whilst hard work is the cornerstone of any successful commercial law career, we believe it’s also important to take the time to celebrate the work we do and the relationships we build along the way. With Firm-wide monthly drinks, exciting national and international sporting competitions and fun-runs, and regular committee-focused seminars and workshops, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get involved in activities outside of legal work. Equally, if there’s a cause or event that our people are particularly passionate about, our Firm can provide the resources and the platform to facilitate those passions. Additionally, White & Case prides itself on providing the appropriate support to its employees to ensure they are productive and happy. Our staff receive an annual well-being benefit to put towards their own personal physical or mental health initiatives and have access to an employee assistance program.
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