Your application and key dates


Your Application

You can find out all you need to know about our application process here. All applications are submitted online.

As part of the application process you will need to provide us with a copy of your resume, cover letter, your academic transcripts and any supporting visa information if you hold a working visa. Make sure you gather these before you begin your online application. The clerkship recruitment process varies for each state according to the law society guidelines.

Refer to our application FAQ document for more details.  


Cover letter

  • Your cover letter should be well written and carefully edited. Use clear, concise language and keep your cover letter to one page.
  • Have someone else read your cover letter. It should reflect you and highlight your unique skill set, ambitions and interests.
  • Before submitting your application, double check the name and title of the person and firm you are addressing.


  • Ensure your resume is clearly and carefully presented. Keep tabs, fonts, and margins consistent.
  • Your resume should include your personal contact details, including your email address and phone number so we can connect with you.
  • Ensure you include your tertiary and secondary education, including degrees (either held or currently being completed) and your final-year results.
  • Include you work experience (legal and non-legal) in your resume. We value all types of work experience, so let us know what you have been up to.
  • Ensure you promote any extra-curricular activities and volunteer work you've done.
  • Let us know in your resume if you speak any languages other than English.

Supporting documents

  • Before submitting your application, ensure you have included your academic transcripts.
  • Your application should also include any relevant supporting documents, such as a visa.


Getting to know each other 

At Allens, we’re looking for individuals not robots. We’re interested in what you can bring to the firm and what we can offer you in return. We’ll use the recruitment process to get to know you, how you like to work and your career aspirations.

Through the recruitment process you’ll learn about Allens and what makes us unique as a firm. It’s a great time for you to ask questions, think about you career and do your research. If you would like to find out more, you can find a calendar of upcoming events, presentations and workshops on our events page.

We’re looking for people who will thrive in our environment and make a positive, ongoing commitment to our firm. There is no ‘Allens type’, we’re seeking people with a broad range of expertise, skills and attributes.

How to apply 

Our recruitment process involves an online application, two online surveys and a face-to-face interview. 

Online application form 

The first step in the process is the online application form. This helps us to get to know you and understand what sets you apart.

We will ask you a few short questions.  It is at this point that you will provide us with a copy of your CV, cover letter and academic transcript and any supporting visa information if you hold a working visa.

The Rare recruitment survey

We are proud to be the first Australian business to launch Rare's Contextual Recruitment System. It is a data-driven tool that helps us to increase diversity in our workforce. Part of your online application will include completing the Rare recruitment questionnaire. 

The Contextual Recruitment System uses your educational, socioeconomic and personal information to provide us with a more complete picture of your background. It allows us to better understand your achievements and any challenges that you may have overcome, beyond what we may see on your resume.

For more information about the Rare recruitment system, refer to the FAQ

Online survey (Koru)

You will be asked to complete an online survey after you’ve submitted your application form. This helps us to better understand your skills and character traits. The online survey is an important part of the recruitment process. Here are some tips to help you prepare: 

  • Allow yourself time to answer the questions honestly. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  
  • Be calm and focused. Take the survey in an environment free of noise and stress.
  • Manage your time. If you get stuck on one question, move to another.
  • Save your online survey at any time and come back to complete it later if needed.

The Interview

The face-to-face interview is a chance for us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us. During your interview, you’ll meet with members of our recruitment panel. We want to hear about your university and work experiences, extracurricular involvement, career aspirations and interest in Allens. In Sydney, the process includes two rounds of interviews. Here are some tips to help you prepare: 

  • Explore our website and learn about us. Take note of current projects that we have been involved in and understand who our main clients are.
  • Be confident when talking about your strengths, achievements and what you enjoy. We don't expect you to know which area of law you want to work in but a general understanding of what might interest you and why, is important. 
  • Think about the questions you might be asked. The interviewers will want to get to know you, so their questions will be based around your application. Know your resume well and be prepared.
  • Identify any points of interest or potential weaknesses in your resume. Think about how you might respond to a question about them, such as failing a subject, swapping courses mid-semester or leaving a part-time job.
  • Think about why you want to work at Allens and be prepared to respond to this question.
  • The interview not only provides us with the opportunity to get to know you but it is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the firm. Think about the questions you'd like to ask.
  • Practice interviewing with someone you are comfortable with and who will give you honest feedback.


Clerkship key dates and applications

Office Applications open Applications close Offers Program dates Apply
Brisbane 4 Mar 2019 1 Apr 2019 20 May 2019

Winter: Jun - Jul 2019
Summer: Nov - Dec 2019

Applications have now closed

Melbourne 9 Jul 2018 12 Aug 2018 18 Oct 2018

Summer 1: Nov - Dec 2018
Summer 2: Jan - Feb 2019
Winter: Jun - Jul 2019 

Applications have now closed

Perth 16 Jul 2018 5 Aug 2018 21 Sept 2018

Summer 1: 26 Nov - 14 Dec 2018 
Summer 2: 21 Jan - 8 Feb 2019
Winter: 24 Jun - 12 Jul 2019

Applications have now closed

Sydney 18 Jun 2018 15 Jul 2018 26 Sept 2018 26 Nov 2018 - 15 Feb 2019 Applications have now closed


Dive In key dates and applications 

Office Applications open Applications close Program dates Program format Apply
Brisbane 10 Sept 2018 5 Oct 2018 26 Oct 2018

A one-day program

Applications have now closed

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


Indigenous Internship key dates and applications

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

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


To apply for any of our Early Careers opportunities refer to our job listings page