Our opportunities

Ahead starts here

We believe what makes us stand out as an employer, is the high-quality technical training and excellent learning environment we offer. We’ll work together to develop your understanding of commercial law, build your skills and provide the foundation you need to become a successful lawyer.

We offer a wide range of opportunities from introductory workshops to our two-year graduate program. You’ll be involved in some of the most complex domestic and global transactions in the market – whether you join us as a clerk, paralegal or law graduate.

Our Programs

Dive in

Dive In is an introductory program that provides you with some of the skills needed to apply for a clerkship, paralegal position or internship. You’ll get a taste of life in commercial law at a top‑tier firm. You’ll get insight into the type of work you can expect, details about our business and areas of practice, plus practical tips for preparing for work in a large law firm.

Applications are welcomed from first to third year undergraduate law students or first year Juris Doctor students.

Dive In key dates and applications 

Office Applications open Applications close Program dates Program format Apply
Brisbane Sept 2018 Oct 2018 Oct 2018

A one-day program

Applications have not yet opened

Melbourne 5 Mar 2018 30 Mar 2018 11 April, 17 May and 14 June from 2pm - 6pm

The program is split across 3 days from April to June

Applications have now closed

Perth 26 Mar 2018 23 Apr 2018 18 May 2018

A one-day program

Applications have now closed

Sydney 5 Mar 2018 30 Mar 2018 23 April, 9 May and 28 May from 2pm - 6pm The program is split across 3 days from April to May Applications have now closed

Clerkship

For a head start in your career, apply for a clerkship at Allens. You’ll work with some of the most experienced lawyers in Australia and experience first‑hand 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.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate year law students.

Applications for our clerkship program open in line with law society guidelines. 

Brisbane 

We offer three-week clerkship programs in summer and winter to coincide with university holidays. You will work in one practice group, which will give you an insight into the type of work we do and the clients we work for. Our Brisbane office has a strong focus on natural resources, infrastructure, property development and corporate work. 

Melbourne 

We offer two summer and one winter clerkship programs each year, coinciding with university holidays. You will spend three weeks in one practice group, which will show you the type of work we do and the range of clients we work for. 

Perth 

We offer two summer and one winter clerkship program each year, coinciding with university holidays. You will spend three weeks in one practice group, which will show you the type of work we do and the range of clients we work for. 

Sydney 

We run one summer clerkship program over a 10-week period, where you will complete two rotations in different practice groups. To allow students the flexibility they need, we also offer five week programs. During this time, you’ll gain unique insight into the kind of work we do and the range of clients we work for.

Indigenous Internship

Our Indigenous Legal Internship program is designed to give Indigenous law students exposure to a commercial legal environment and the opportunity to explore the practice areas we specialise in. You’ll work alongside experienced lawyers and gain new insights, learning and development opportunities.  

Applications are welcomed from undergraduate law students in their second year or above, who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Our Indigenous Legal Internship program is run in each Australian office in July. 

Indigenous Internship key dates and applications

The following dates apply to all Australian offices.

Applications open Applications close Offers Program dates Apply

13 April 2018

 8 May 2018

End of June 2018

9 July - 20 July 2018

Applications have now closed

Paralegals

Work at Allens as a Paralegal and you’ll gain unique insight and experience in commercial law. You’ll support talented lawyers and be exposed to a range of complex matters. A paralegal position gives you a solid grounding to apply for a clerkship or graduate position with Allens. You will network with some of the best in the profession and be immersed in the industry while finishing your law degree.

Applications are welcomed from first to third year undergraduate law students. 

We recruit our paralegals throughout the year. 

Graduate Program

Join our graduate program and embark on a journey of lifelong professional development. As a Graduate at Allens, you’ll complete two 12‑month rotations in different practice areas. 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 a client or international secondment to London or Asia via our Linklaters alliance.

Applications are welcomed from final year undergraduates, graduates and post-graduate law students.

Our graduate program is run in each Australian office during the month of February.

2019 Graduate Open Market applications and key dates - Sydney 

Applications open Applications close Interviews Program date Apply
27 April 2018 18 May 2018

June 2018

Graduates commence nationally February 2019

Applications have now closed


Unique technical training

 

During our graduate program, you’ll learn from some of the sharpest legal minds in Australia. 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 ever‑changing world. You’ll engage with our Allens Academy, which means you'll benefit from a range of personalised tools and training to unlock your potential, including:

  • The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program
  • Practical legal seminars during our Cornerstone program
  • Online learning portal
  • Personalised induction program
  • On‑the‑job training
  • Ongoing supervision, coaching and mentoring

During your graduate program you’ll be in control of your own learning and you’ll have the flexibility to drive your career with support from your development supervisor and performance coach. We encourage our graduates to pursue their interests and we support our people so they can succeed with us and in their future endeavours.


Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice has been developed in partnership between Allens and the Australian National University. Alongside the other development opportunities we offer, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice will help you transition from law student to practitioner. The 18‑week program has been designed to make the content relevant to the type of work you’ll be doing at Allens. From your induction week to working in teams as part of ‘virtual law firms’ where you’ll conduct authentic legal transactions, you’ll develop the practical skills required to be admitted as a legal practitioner, one of the most exciting milestones of your legal career.