Our programs

Ahead starts here

Whether you've just started studying or you're about to graduate, we have a program to suit you.

No matter where you start your journey with us, you'll learn from the very best in the profession as you work alongside them on some of the most complex deals in the market, in a caring and supportive environment.

First, second and third year Law students

Dive In

Dive In is an introductory program that helps to equip you with some of the skills required to apply for a clerkship, paralegal position or internship. You’ll get a glimpse into life in commercial law at a top tier firm. You’ll also 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 the early stages of your career.

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

Upon successful completion of our program, you'll then be part of our Dive In alumni, so will be invited back to the firm in your penultimate year, ahead of applying for clerkship. You'll get some more specific guidance on navigating your way through the recruitment process, which will help set you up for success when applying.

Applications for our 2022 Dive In Program are now closed.

First Nations Internship

Our First Nations Legal Internship program is designed to give Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander 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 and learning and development opportunities.  

Applications are welcomed from law students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Our next First Nations Legal Internship program will run in person, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, from Monday, 7 February to Friday, 18 February 2022 in each of our Australian offices.

Applications are now closed.

Paralegal

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 third year or penultimate year undergraduate law students (or second year Juris Doctor).

We typically recruit our paralegals throughout the year. This varies per office, please keep an eye out on our social media channels for updates of when and how to apply.

Penultimate year Law students

Brisbane

We offer four-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.

Law graduates

Allens 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.

Most of our graduate positions are filled through our clerkship programs, but when we do have a need for additional graduates, we will recruit graduates directly. Applications are welcomed from final year undergraduates and recent graduates.

Our graduate program is run in each Australian office, starting in February for two years.

Applications for our 2023 Sydney Law Graduate Program are now open. 

 

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 one week orientation program
  • On‑the‑job training
  • Ongoing supervision, coaching and mentoring

During your graduate program you’ll have the flexibility to drive your career with support from your performance coach. We encourage our graduates to pursue their interests 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 University of New South Wales. Alongside the other development opportunities we offer, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice will help you transition from law student to practitioner.

The sixteen week program has been carefully tailored to align with Allens existing legal training, goals, processes and work practices. The program reinforces and builds on our internal learning outcomes for Allens graduates, helping you develop the practical skills required to be admitted as a legal practitioner, one of the most exciting milestones of your legal career. Furthermore, you'll be on track for admission mid-year.

Legal transformation graduates

Legal Transformation Graduate Program

Join our legal transformation graduate program and embark on a journey of lifelong professional development.

As a Legal Transformation Graduate at Allens, you’ll complete two six month rotations in different innovation and legal solutions teams. You’ll team up with subject matter experts, use cutting edge legal technology and work alongside Australia’s most talented lawyers. At the completion of the program you’ll be offered a role within one of our four participating legal transformation program teams.

Our graduate program is running in Melbourne and Sydney, starting in March.

Unique technical training

During our graduate program, you’ll learn from some of the sharpest minds in the legal industry in Australia. We’ll work with you to build a strong foundation of skills and develop the agility needed to become an excellent legal innovator 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:

  • Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technology
  • Online learning portal
  • Personalised two week orientation program
  • On‑the‑job training
  • Ongoing supervision, coaching and mentoring

During your graduate program you’ll have the flexibility to drive your career with support from your performance coach. We encourage our graduates to pursue their interests so they can succeed with us and in their future endeavours.

Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technology explores the capabilities and limitations of current emerging technologies and how they intersect with law and regulations. You will develop the critical thinking skills needed to assess and adopt new technologies to drive innovation in client services and work settings.

Legal transformation streams

  • Innovation and change – The Innovation Centre works with practice streams to engage lawyers, embed innovation processes and skills and create sustained positive change.
  • Legal product lab – The Lab works with legal teams to identify problems and then design, develop and implement digital solutions that create value for lawyers and clients.
  • Legal project management – The LPM team works with legal teams to apply project management skills to matters, by delivering training to increase skills and developing tools that make matters more efficient and effective.
  • Legal technology – The Legal Technology team within our Integrated Legal Solutions group works with legal teams to apply legal technology and digital solutions in practice, such as machine learning for litigation and regulatory matters and contract analysis for transactions.

Read more about Innovation and Digital Solutions teams on our Careers site.

Applications for the 2023 program are now closed.

FAQs

Who can apply?

Applications are open to students from a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science and Law. Legal studies are not essential. We are seeking applications from a broad academic spectrum and are specifically interested in candidates from a STEM background.

When do applications open?

Applications for the 2024 program will be open in March 2023.

When does the graduate program commence?

The 2024 program will commence, alongside our law graduate program, in March 2024.

Where will graduates be based?

Graduate roles will be offered in Melbourne or Sydney.

Will I be offered a role at the end of the graduate program?

At the completion of the program graduates will be offered a permanent role in one of the participating teams. The position and team will be based on best fit and capacity needs.

Why would students want to apply for the program?

Students will be embedded with legal, technology and innovation experts across the firm to develop skills and experience in this rapidly growing area of the legal profession. Through a blend of formal and on the job training, and with the support of a dedicated mentor and coach, students will have the opportunity to cultivate their professional skills while helping to transform the future of legal services.

Before you apply

Gather your documents

When you apply you will need to submit a copy of your resume, academic transcript(s) and any supporting visa information if you hold a working visa. You may also be asked to provide a cover letter depending on the program you are applying for. We suggest gathering these before you begin your online application.

Prepare yourself for the next steps

After submitting your application, we'll get in touch to let you know the next steps, these will differ depending on the program you've applied for. If you've applied for a clerkship, you'll be prompted to complete an optional diversity assessment and an online strengths-based assessment. If you’re successful in progressing to the next stage, you’ll be invited to attend our Insider Access clerkship recruitment event, and attend an interview. For more information about our clerkship application process and tips from our team please visit our Next Steps page

Select your location below to apply

Brisbane

First Nations Legal Internship

Applications for the 2023 program will open in late 2022.
Program dates: February 2023

Dive In

Applications for our 2022 Dive In program are now closed.
Program dates: Day 1: Thursday, 12 May 2022; Day 2: Thursday, 19 May 2022; Day 3: Thursday, 26 May 2022

Clerkship

Applications open: 18 July 2022, 9:00am
Applications close: 12 August 2022, 11:55pm
Program dates: Summer: November – December 2022; Winter: June – July 2023

Reconciliation Action Mentoring Program

Applications for this program are open year round.
Learn more

Melbourne

First Nations Legal Internship

Applications for the 2023 program will open in late 2022.
Program dates: February 2023

Dive In

Applications for our 2022 Dive In program are now closed.
Program dates: Day 1: Thursday, 12 May 2022; Day 2: Thursday, 19 May 2022; Day 3: Friday, 27 May 2022

Clerkship

Applications open: 4 July 2022, 9:00am
Applications close: 14 August 2022, 11:55pm
Program dates: Summer 1: November – December 2022; Summer 2: January – February 2023; Winter: June – July 2023

Legal Transformation Graduate Program

Applications for the 2023 program have now closed.
Program dates: March 2023 – February 2024

Perth

First Nations Legal Internship

Applications for the 2023 program will open in late 2022.
Program dates: February 2023

Dive In

Applications for our 2022 Dive In program are now closed.
Program dates: Day 1: Thursday, 12 May 2022; Day 2: Thursday, 19 May 2022; Day 3: Thursday, 26 May 2022

Clerkship

Applications open: 27 June 2022, 9am
Applications close: 31 July 2022, 11.55pm
Program dates: Summer 1: November – December 2022; Summer 2: January – February 2023; Winter: June – July 2023

Sydney

Law Graduate Program

Applications for the 2023 program have now closed.
Program dates: February 2023

First Nations Legal Internship

Applications for the 2023 program will open in late 2022.
Program dates: February 2023

Dive In

Applications for our 2022 Dive In program are now closed.
Program dates: Day 1: Thursday, 12 May 2022; Day 2: Thursday, 19 May 2022; Day 3: Friday, 27 May 2022

Clerkship

Applications for the 2022/2023 program have now closed.
Program dates: Summer: November 2022 – February 2023

Legal Transformation Graduate Program

Applications for the 2023 program have now closed.
Program dates: March 2023 – February 2024

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