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.

* We are currently working through what the Dive In program will look like this year, given the COVID-19 climate, we may move the program online. Either way, we are still going ahead with Dive In!

Indigenous Internship

Our Indigenous Legal Internship program is designed to give Aboriginal and 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, 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, over a two week period traditionally over NAIDOC week. Dates to be confirmed.

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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 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.

Graduates

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 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 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 first week in graduate orientation 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.

Key application dates

Brisbane

Clerkship

Applications are now closed
Offers announced: Thursday, 9 July 2020
Program dates:  Summer one: November- December 2020; Summer two: January- February 2021

Dive In

Applications are now closed
Session dates: Session 1 – 28 May 2020, Session 2 – 30 June 2020, Session 3 – 16 July 2020

Melbourne

Clerkship

Applications open: 9am, Monday, 6 July 2020
Applications close: 11.59pm, Monday, 31 August 2020
Offers announced: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Program dates: Summer 1 - November—December 2020; Summer 2 - January—February 2021; Winter - June—July 2021

APPLICATIONS OPEN 6 JULY 2020

Dive In

Applications are now closed
Session dates: Session 1 – 11 May 2020, Session 2 – 26 May 2020, Session 3 – 2 July 2020

 

Perth

Clerkship

Applications open: 9am, Monday, 13 July 2020
Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday, 02 August 2020
Offers announced: Friday, 18 September 2020
Program dates: Summer 1 - November—December 2020; Summer 2 - January—February 2021; Winter - June—July 2021

APPLICATIONS OPEN 13 JULY 2020

Dive In

Applications are now closed
Session dates: Session 1 – 26 May 2020, Session 2 – 2 July 2020, Session 3 – 17 July 2020

Sydney

Clerkship

Applications open: 9am, Tuesday, 09 June 2020
Applications close: 11.55pm, Sunday, 12 July 2020
Offers announced: Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Program dates: November 2020—February 2021

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Dive In

Applications are now closed
Session dates: Session 1 – 11 May 2020, Session 2 – 26 May 2020, Session 3 – 22 June 2020

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