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Students and graduates - It's Time

Students and graduates

It’s finding your direction. Pushing beyond what’s possible. Building the future you want. IT’S TIME.

These are exciting times for the legal profession in Australia, and especially for Allen & Overy. Since Allen & Overy Australia opened in 2010, we’ve been strategically and carefully advancing our global footprint for the benefit of our clients whilst providing local expertise.

Join us as a graduate and you’ll be quickly integrated into our network with excellent training and development opportunities. You’ll need to embrace change and innovation, and be ready to challenge yourself. You will be rewarded with access to quality and interesting work, interactions with clients at an early stage and working with colleagues from Perth, Sydney and around the world who are experts in their field.

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What we offer

Graduate program

Graduate program

Your graduate year

Your graduate training will comprise of at least two six-month rotations in different practice areas. During each rotation, you’ll work alongside a partner and our lawyers and actively contribute to the day-to-day work of that team – working on transactions and cases, taking real responsibility and gaining plenty of client exposure.

 

When you start as a graduate with us, you’ll attend a dedicated training program to introduce you to core legal and commercial knowledge and skills which will form the essential building blocks for your career. In addition to formal induction training and team-based learning, you’ll benefit from a wide variety of ongoing training to fine-tune your commercial acumen.

 

Your development is key and you’ll receive training and support in a variety of ways, including mentoring and practice-specific courses. Colleagues in every part of the firm will be on hand to help you and you’ll enjoy a good balance between support and supervision and being given the freedom to work independently.

 

You’ll also complete your Practical Legal Training (PLT) to ensure you meet your admission to practice requirements in either NSW or WA.  Your PLT will be completed through the College of Law (NSW and WA) and we will support you throughout the program, providing financial and study break assistance above our standard policy.

Summer clerkship program

Summer clerkship program

During our summer clerkship program you will gain practical experience working alongside Allen & Overy lawyers on real deals and matters. 

In addition to your legal work you will attend training sessions and presentations aimed at broadening your understanding of our business and helping you to develop the skills you need to be a successful commercial lawyer. Recent summer clerks have worked on a client pitch project, an interactive deal walk-through and a mock transaction. But it’s not all about work. Our summer clerkship program features numerous opportunities to meet and socialise with other Allen & Overy people – both in the office and outside.

Just as our summer clerkship program is a good way to get to know us, it is a good way for us to get to know you. During your time with us we gather feedback on all our clerks, and many go on to secure a graduate offer and start their legal career with us.

Sydney

Previously, our Sydney summer clerks have been able to spend time in one of our Asia Pacific offices during the ten-week program. This provides a greater understanding of our global network and a taste of future opportunities at Allen & Overy, if a global secondment or  transfer within our network is of interest to you.

Applications for our Sydney summer clerkship program open in June each year.

Our ten-week Program is designed for penultimate year law students.

2020 key dates

  • Applications open 9 June 2020
  • Applications close 12 July 2020
  • Interviews commence August 2020
  • Offers*  16 September 2020

Summer Clerkship program

  • 30 November 2020 to 5 February 2021

*Offers will be made from the 16 September 2020. All offers must be accepted or declined by 5pm on the 18 September 2020. 

Perth

Our three week program is designed for penultimate year law students.

2020 key dates

  • Applications open 13 July 2020
  • Applications close 9 August 2020
  • Review and Interview period 10 August 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Offers** 25 September 2020

Summer Clerkship Intake one

  • 23 November to 11 December 2020

Summer Clerkship Intake two

  • 18 January 2020 to 5 February 2021**

**Offers will be made from 9am on Friday, 25 September 2020 and will be open for four hours.

New Zealand students

New Zealand students

We’re actively recruiting from New Zealand and will be on campus at the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington in April of each year.

New Zealand students follow the same path as those from Australia i.e. apply to us for a summer clerkship in your penultimate year with a view to joining our graduate program upon graduation.

If you are already a NZ qualified lawyer, you can be admitted to practice in all states and territories of Australia under the Trans-Tasman mutual recognition scheme which offers a fast track admission process. NZ qualified lawyers should visit our experienced lawyers pages for opportunities as a qualified lawyer in Australia.

About us

Research

Deciding which firm to join is a big commitment and these are exciting times for the legal profession in Australia, and especially for Allen & Overy. We encourage you to find out for yourself what sets us apart. 

Practice areas

Banking and International Capital Markets

Banking and International Capital Markets

The Banking practice works at the heart of the world’s financial markets, supporting global corporate and financial institutions on a full range of domestic and cross-border banking transactions.

International Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Project Finance and Asset Finance are some of our practice areas. Typical assignments include transactions for clients requiring debt funding – clients that need loans in order to fund their general corporate activities or to make purchases of other companies or assets.

Work in the Banking practice includes drafting loan documentation and general transaction management, preparing board minutes for a company wanting to borrow, coordinating documents, possibly from other jurisdictions, and liaising with lawyers in those jurisdictions.

Corporate

Corporate

The Corporate practice advises clients on acquisitions of other businesses, disposals of their own business and raising finance in the equity markets, and provides a wide range of general corporate advice.

Our Lawyers in the Corporate practice work in teams, but each lawyer also has an area of specialism, for example, public takeovers, or in a sector such as energy and resources. So, on the acquisition of a company in the energy field, a general corporate lawyer may run the matter, but he or she will call on the expertise of the energy specialist as well as other specialists around the firm.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy and Resources, Tax, Anti-trust/Competition, Infrastructure, Funds, Equity Capital Markets, Private Equity and Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) are some of the teams that sit within the Corporate practice and our clients include publicly listed or private companies, companies owned by financial institutions and private equity sponsors.

Litigation

Litigation

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice provides specialist advice and representation to clients around the world on litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters, as well as risk management.

We deal with a variety of disputes, but mostly ones with a commercial aspect, for example, banking disputes, where a bank may have a dispute with a counter party over a contract, a loan agreement or some other financial product. On the corporate side, disputes may include those with service providers or relating to projects, for example, the construction of an energy plant.

Join us and you’ll help to draft pleadings or requests for arbitration, and prepare evidence to be filed and served on the other side. You can also expect to attend court for applications, for example, for freezing orders, to attend meetings with clients and to interview witnesses – potentially in other jurisdictions.

Working environment

Our Sydney office occupies 4,500 square metres over three levels with views over Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour and is a contemporary landmark tower. Our state-of-the-art building is registered for Greenstar Design Rating and a targeted 5 star NABERS Energy rating.

The building has immediate access to world class dining, five star hotels, Hyde Park, Martin Place and the financial core of the CBD.

Our Perth office is located in both the heart of the CBD and a stone's throw from the banks of the beautiful Swan River. It is within a short walk of all of the city's major public transport hubs as well as within close proximity to the Hay and Murray Street Malls and a great range of upmarket bars and restaurants.

The building offers excellent natural light throughout, a floor dedicated to an expansive conference and functions centre, on-site car washing and detailing, as well as lockers, free bike storage and shower facilities and access to a gym.

Learning and development

The development of our graduates, junior lawyers, through to Senior Associate level practitioners and partners, is extremely important to us; and whilst qualifying as a lawyer is an important milestone, it is only part of your professional development at Allen & Overy.

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape, while helping you build the skills you need for your career - whether that is at A&O or elsewhere.

The Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement advanced legal knowledge. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting edge content to world-class coaches, our partners design the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

Throughout your journey with us, we’ll equip you for today and tomorrow – enhancing your skills and building your confidence to support a future career at the highest level.

Benefits

Cash reward

Cash reward

Our salaries are benchmarked against our top-tier competitors in each market.

 

Health and well-being

Health and well-being

  • Social activities including informal staff get-togethers, themed functions and family-based events
  • Subsidised gym memberships, personal training sessions and shower facilities (Sydney)
  • Access to an onsite gym and shower facilities (Perth)
  • On site bike storage
  • Sporting activities and participation in corporate challenges
  • Annual flu vaccinations and skin checks
  • Employee assistance program providing free and confidential counselling to staff and their immediate family
  • After-hours meals and taxis
Financial security

Financial security

  • Salary continuance insurance
  • Personal accident and total permanent disability insurance
  • Business travel insurance
Time out

Time out

  • Paid parental leave (over and above the government scheme) 
  • Flexible working
  • Transaction breaks
  • Study leave
  • Community service & volunteering, religious & cultural, marriage and house-move leave

Application tips

Completing your online application

Completing your online application

Academic achievement is essential to make it into the world of law, but don’t forget to make the most of your extra-curricular activities and work experience to show that you are an ambitious, well-rounded candidate.

Know your goals

Know your goals

Creating an application that stands out from the rest of the crowd and sells your skills can be a challenge. In the first instance, make sure that you know exactly what’s required by familiarising yourself with the selection criteria. Communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills and commercial awareness are just some of the skills we look for at Allen & Overy, so prepare some examples to demonstrate your experience of each.

Show a rounded personality

Show a rounded personality

We want to find out what type of person you are, so try to showcase yourself in your application.

 

We expect academically successful candidates but your application will stand out if you show that you have experienced life outside the library. Volunteering, or joining a society or sporting team, is valuable, especially if you take responsibility for a task, such as managing a budget or project. Try to demonstrate your appetite for responsibility and your capacity to shape events and outcomes.

Leverage your work experience

Leverage your work experience

If you have completed legal, commercial or any other kind of work experience, think about what you have learned and observed. You may, for example, have made a recommendation for improving a process to your manager. Using examples like this on your application and during interviews shows that you have learned from your experience and that you are willing to be asked about it.

Focus on the firm

Focus on the firm

At Allen & Overy we recognise that you will be applying to a number of law firms and that can mean a lot of applications. It may appear that each firm wants a similar application, but your individual approach and attention to our firm will help set you apart. It’s worth taking the time to focus on each individual application – it may take longer but the effort will be worth it if you secure an interview. The questions asked by different firms may look similar, but it is unlikely you will be able to use the same answer each time.

Be accurate

Be accurate

Ensure your application is free from spelling and grammatical errors – attention to detail is a fundamental skill for a lawyer – so we expect this to be reflected in your application. We’re not looking for poetry but we are looking for you to be accurate and concise. It’s a good idea to draft, edit and get someone else to read over your application before clicking ‘Submit’.

How to shine at interviews

How to shine at interviews

Your interview is an opportunity to substantiate what you have said about yourself in your application and for us to get to know you better, and vice versa. Naturally, if you’ve come this far you want to impress, so make sure you get the following basics right and remember to be yourself throughout.

Revise and practice

Revise and practice

Remember to revisit your application before your interview. The interview questions are likely to include details about school and university studies, your interests and achievements, work experience, why you have chosen this career and why you want to work at Allen & Overy. University careers services may offer mock interviews, so book one if you can. Getting feedback on how you come across in an interview scenario from someone you don’t know can be really helpful before the event.

Stay up-to-date

Stay up-to-date

You should expect to be asked questions about topical, commercial or business issues so start reading up on stories in the newspapers or online, and be prepared to discuss your opinions at interview. We want to find out what you think and why you think that way.

Get the logistics right

Get the logistics right

Before your interview, ensure you know the dress code, directions and the selection process.

Make an impression

Make an impression

First impressions count, so dress appropriately, smile, maintain eye contact and offer a confident handshake. It’s not simply a case of impressing your interviewer – getting the first bits right will make you feel better and more confident, which will help you in the interview itself. Be confident and self-assured – if you have been invited to an interview, we already think you have potential, so remember this.

Ask pertinent questions

Ask pertinent questions

An interview is a two-way process, so while you will be expected to do most of the talking in an interview, this is also your opportunity to see whether the firm is right for you. It’s a good idea to prepare a couple of questions to ask at the end of the interview covering issues you genuinely want to learn more about.

Application FAQs

I am an international student, am I still eligible to apply?

I am an international student, am I still eligible to apply?

We do accept applications from overseas students. However, you must have the right to work in Australia during the summer clerkship period and you must also demonstrate that you are committed to beginning your legal career in Australia.

I am in my third year, am I still eligible to apply?

I am in my third year, am I still eligible to apply?

Our summer clerkship program is aimed at penultimate year students. If you are in your third year we’d like to understand why you are applying for a summer clerkship prior to your penultimate year.
I am in my final year, am I still eligible to apply?

I am in my final year, am I still eligible to apply?

Our summer clerkship program is aimed at penultimate year students. If you are in your final year and did not apply for a summer clerkship during your penultimate year we’d like to understand the reasoning behind this decision.
I have graduated, am I still eligible to apply?

I have graduated, am I still eligible to apply?

Our summer clerkship program is aimed at penultimate year students. If you have already completed your law degree and did not apply for a summer clerkship during your penultimate year we’d like to understand the reasoning behind this decision.
Do you have winter clerkships?

Do you have winter clerkships?

We only offer clerkships during the Australian summer period.
Can I post/email/fax my summer clerkship application?

Can I post/email/fax my summer clerkship application?

All applications must be submitted online via our summer clerkship vacancy. Any applications received by other means will not be considered.

Do you have a separate graduate recruitment program?

Do you have a separate graduate recruitment program?

We recruit our graduates via our summer clerkship program. In the event that we need to do top up graduate recruitment we will advertise the role on our website.
I don't have my most recent transcript, can I still apply?

I don't have my most recent transcript, can I still apply?

We appreciate that not all universities release their results prior to summer clerkship applications opening. You are able to submit your application without your most recent academic transcript. However, we will require a copy before the application closure deadline. We will be unable to assess your application without your academic transcript.

I don't have any paralegal/legal experience, can I still apply?

I don't have any paralegal/legal experience, can I still apply?

Prior legal experience is not a requirement. You should make the most of any work-related experience that you have, regardless of the discipline, and focus on what you have learned and observed and how this will apply to your legal career.
Am I able to amend my answers to your questions (in the Sydney application) once I have submitted my application?

Am I able to amend my answers to your questions (in the Sydney application) once I have submitted my application?

You are unable to edit your answers once you have created a profile on our career portal. If you need to edit your replies you can upload a word/PDF document to your application or send it to us via email
Who should I address my cover letter to?

Who should I address my cover letter to?

For Perth applications please address your cover letter to Human Resources Manager.

A cover letter is not required for Sydney applications.

How many clerks do you take?

How many clerks do you take?

Our clerkship intake is based upon business needs and also the calibre of applications received.
Can I do a part time/ shorter clerkship?

Can I do a part time/ shorter clerkship?

We appreciate that you may have other commitments during the summer; however we are unable to alter the length/timing of our clerkship programs.
Do you have open days?

Do you have open days?

We do not have any open days. We take part in a number of university events in Perth and Sydney where you have the opportunity to meet us.

Can I submit my application outside of the application dates?

Can I submit my application outside of the application dates?

We are unable to accept applications outside of the official dates.
I have been invited to an interview. Who will I be interviewing with?

I have been invited to an interview. Who will I be interviewing with?

Your interview will be with a combination of a Partner, Counsel, Senior Associate and HR Manager. We do not specify who you will be interviewed by during the process.

Application process

Perth

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Applications to our Perth summer clerkship program must include a covering letter, your CV and most recent academic transcript(s).If your most recent academic transcript hasn’t been released by your university when submitting your application, you can send this to us at australianrecruitment@allenovery.com  as soon as it becomes available. We will review applications after the closing date and will contact students who are successful for an interview. 

You will interview with one of our partners and our human resources manager. They will take the opportunity to discuss your application, assess your skills and knowledge, your reasons for applying and commercial awareness. You will also have the opportunity to ask us questions to get to know Allen & Overy better. Prior to your interview, one of our lawyers or current graduates will take you for a coffee. This is a great opportunity for you to have an informal conversation to find out why they joined Allen & Overy and to answer any further questions you may have about the program, the firm or their own path in law.

Sydney

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Applications to our Sydney summer clerkship program must include your CV and most recent academic transcript(s).If your most recent academic transcript hasn’t been released by your university when submitting your application, you can send this to us at australianrecruitment@allenovery.com  as soon as it becomes available.

If your application for a summer clerkship is successful, you will be invited to interview with us.  At these interviews you will meet partners, a senior associate or a senior member of our HR team.

The interviews will be based on your application and will assess your skills, knowledge, your reasons for applying and your commercial awareness. After the second round interview, you will be met by one of our lawyers who will take you for a coffee and will be able to answer any further questions about working for Allen & Overy. 

If you are unsuccessful at the second round interview stage, we are happy to provide you feedback.

Applications to our Perth summer clerkship program must include a covering letter, your CV and most recent academic transcript(s).If your most recent academic transcript hasn’t been released by your university when submitting your application, you can send this to us at australianrecruitment@allenovery.com  as soon as it becomes available. We will review applications after the closing date and will contact students who are successful for an interview. 

You will interview with one of our partners and our human resources manager. They will take the opportunity to discuss your application, assess your skills and knowledge, your reasons for applying and commercial awareness. You will also have the opportunity to ask us questions to get to know Allen & Overy better. Prior to your interview, one of our lawyers or current graduates will take you for a coffee. This is a great opportunity for you to have an informal conversation to find out why they joined Allen & Overy and to answer any further questions you may have about the program, the firm or their own path in law.

Applications to our Sydney summer clerkship program must include your CV and most recent academic transcript(s).If your most recent academic transcript hasn’t been released by your university when submitting your application, you can send this to us at australianrecruitment@allenovery.com  as soon as it becomes available.

If your application for a summer clerkship is successful, you will be invited to interview with us.  At these interviews you will meet partners, a senior associate or a senior member of our HR team.

The interviews will be based on your application and will assess your skills, knowledge, your reasons for applying and your commercial awareness. After the second round interview, you will be met by one of our lawyers who will take you for a coffee and will be able to answer any further questions about working for Allen & Overy. 

If you are unsuccessful at the second round interview stage, we are happy to provide you feedback.

Meet us

Auckland, Perth, Sydney and Wellington

Allen & Overy participates in various law faculties and student societies at the major universities in Auckland, Perth, Sydney and Wellington during the first half of the academic year.

If you are interested in a career at A&O, or you want to find out more about our summer clerkship or graduate opportunities please come visit us  on campus.

Our on campus dates will be released at the start of each year.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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