Allens is a commercial law firm that specialises in handling complex and difficult transactions that require exceptional legal, negotiation and project management skills. We bring lawyers from different teams together to provide a wide range of expertise and experience across seven practice groups. We are also business partners as well as lawyers. This means we’re committed to understanding sector-specific commercial challenges as well as legal requirements.
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If you’re interested in working at Allens, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Allens hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
We are one of the largest law firms in Australasia, and we will turn 200 years old in 2022. Allens has approximately 757 legal staff including around 135 partners working in the region.
Allens specialises in handling complex and difficult transactions that require exceptional legal, negotiation and project management skills.
Allens has some of the world's longest ongoing client relationships, stretching back almost 200 years. We work with many of the world's leading organisations - including 55 of the world's top 100 companies and more than 75 of Australia's top 100 companies.
Our alliance with Linklaters gives our people enormous opportunities to accelerate their careers within a global network.
For our clients, the alliance means access to strong teams in 39 offices across 28 countries. Our global teams act as one, sharing their knowledge, best-practice approaches and talents to help solve our clients’ most complex problems, seamlessly.
For our people, the alliance means:
- Opportunities to work on global deals with market leading lawyers.
- Opportunities to work on multi-jurisdictional matters with a broader range of clients.
- Access to Linklaters job opportunities globally.
- International assignment opportunities (short and long term).
- Shaping the future is in our DNA – whether it’s helping our clients see around corners and take advantage of new opportunities; fostering growth and opportunity so our people can thrive, make a difference and be their very best; or contributing to the development of sustainable, diverse, equitable and just communities where everyone is recognised and included.
- Continuing to shape the future means committing to a truly purpose-led culture, built on values that reflect who we are, where we've come from and who we want to be.
Our firm values are:
- Driven by excellence – everything we do, from delivering client work to interacting with one another, is done to the highest possible standards of quality and integrity. We strive to both do the best and be the best.
- Eyes on the horizon – we look to the future and see the big picture, spotting new challenges and opportunities, helping our clients and ourselves prepare for what’s to come.
- In it together – greatness is a team sport, and it’s baked into how we operate. We are at our best when we work together. We all participate not spectate, share our views and get involved in every aspect of the firm. Whether we’re working in multi-disciplinary teams with our colleagues, or partnering with our clients, every challenge is something in which we are all invested.
- Courageous and creative – we are bold and challenge the status quo. We aren’t afraid to experiment. We solve the problems others can’t because we are willing to look at things from new angles and challenge conventional thinking. We know that integrity sometimes takes courage.
- Fostering greatness – we build each other up. We take pride in, and celebrate, the diversity of our team. We treat each other with respect and honesty. We work to make ourselves and each other the best we can be.
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.
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.
Dana Harding 2018 Law Graduate
Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets (MAC)
I joined Allens as a graduate in 2018 after clerking in June 2017, and am now in my second year at the firm. As a grad, I rotated through the Tax team, and I am now in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets (MAC) team. Before starting at Allens, I completed a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at Deakin University.
One of the wonderful things about my job is the variety of work that comes across my desk. Since joining Allens, I’ve worked on a range of matters, from ATO audits, to board remuneration reviews and charity incorporations. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, exceptional lawyers and resident experts within the firm.
Something that surprised me about Allens was its laid-back nature. When I first started in Tax, I aimed to get to the office at 9am, but as I got to know my team, I realised it wasn’t expected that I arrive at a certain time, as long as I was able to complete my work. Additionally, people dressed far more casually than I was expecting – ties are few and far between on a normal day in the office!
I was heavily involved in extracurriculars while at uni, and I was concerned this would stop upon my starting full-time work. But there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in pro bono or firm committees at Allens! I currently sit on the Food & Wine and Sports & Wellbeing committees. I found joining a committee to be a great way to meet other people in the firm and get to experience its social side!
If you are thinking about applying to Allens, and are in your penultimate year – do it! The firm recruits the majority of its graduates through its clerkship program, and it gives students fantastic exposure to our firm and the kinds of work we do. When writing your application, focus on your experiences (whether legal or non-legal) and articulate the skills that you have developed from them. It’s easy to be critical and self-select out of the process, but Allens wants to hire diverse, well-rounded people, and there is no single deciding factor in a successful application. All you need to do is put your best foot forward and tell us about you!
When you receive an interview offer, you will be connected with a junior Allens lawyer, who will be your buddy through the clerkship process. The Allens interview is very conversational; your interviewers will want to know more about you, your skills and your interests. Along with the cocktail night, the interview is a great way for you to get a sense of whether Allens is the right fit for you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Once a student has completed a clerkship, they are eligible to be considered for a graduate position with the firm.
To learn more about the graduate experience at Allens, watch the 2 videos listed below.
It takes determination, energy and talent to make it to the top of the legal profession. We’ll give you access to the best training and support to help you get there.
At Allens, there will be ongoing opportunities to make an impact and drive your career. It’s up to you to make the most of them.
Here’s what a typical career path looks like:
- Clerkship – For a head start in your career, apply for a clerkship and experience first‑hand the type of work you could do as a lawyer with us. Our clerkship program is a stepping stone to bigger things. Many clerks go on to become graduates with us.
- Graduate program - Join our graduate program and embark on a journey of lifelong professional development. As a Graduate, you’ll complete two 12‑month rotations in different practice areas. 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.
- Associate - After completing the graduate program, you’ll specialise in an area of law that excites you. As an Associate, you’ll take every opportunity to deepen your legal knowledge, develop your commercial acumen, grow your business development skills and focus on your specialist area.
- Senior Associate - Once you’ve demonstrated significant technical expertise, leadership qualities and the ability to operate at a senior level, the next step is a promotion to Senior Associate. You will be an expert in your specialist area, able to apply deep understanding and strategic thinking. You’ll proactively support and develop your team while driving your own career growth.
- Managing Associate - The Managing Associate role is designed to accelerate the development of our senior lawyers towards partnership. As a Managing Associate, you’ll be more engaged in the business, contributing to firm‑wide strategies and initiatives.
- Partner - The role of Partner recognises exceptional leadership across client relationships and people management as well as specialist expertise. You will be a trusted advisor to a portfolio of clients, advising them on their most challenging and complex business and legal issues.
Every career journey is different. At Allens we know that successful and enjoyable careers come through your focus and commitment to being the best you can be, in an environment where you are supported and encouraged, and have clarity on key processes and decisions. Our two-way deal is a key part in achieving this; our deal asks you to take the lead for your career, with us providing the coaching and support to help you meet your goals and aspirations.
We want you to tell us about what's important to you – whether that be about your career aspirations, the types of matters you want to get involved in, or communicating what your priorities are at home. You'll play a key role in your development through seeking out opportunities that will stretch and challenge you – that may be technical legal matters, building your business development skills or helping with our graduate recruitment – as well as asking for feedback that you will be able to implement with our support.
In return, we'll develop your skills through on-the-job learning, providing stretch opportunities that align to your goals. You'll work on challenging matters with multiple partners, getting to know our clients and their business. This will be supplemented with formal development opportunities, including training programs and secondments, as well as regular, open and honest feedback. We're committed to coaching you through your career milestones and working with you to enjoy a successful and rewarding career at Allens.
- Salary sacrifice
- Salary continuance insurance
- Lawyer and Senior Manager incentive plan
- Novated lease options
- Employee referral rewards
- Discounted products and services
- Discounted health and travel insurance
- Charity Matched Funding Program
Health and wellbeing
- Gym membership
- Subsidised sporting events
- Flu vaccinations
- Skin checks
- Employee Assistance Program
- Emergency childcare
- Priority access to childcare
Flexibility and leave
- Flexible leave options
- Best practice parental leave support for primary and non-primary carers
- Top-down support for workplace flexibility
- Purchased annual leave
- Learning and development programs
- Secondment opportunities including:
- Client secondments
- Overseas secondments via Linklaters
- Membership of professional organisations
- Study leave and support
- Promotion conferences to equip you with skills for your next career milestone
- Career deal including our market leading career model
- For our graduate lawyers:
- 18-week in-house Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice program
- 12-month rotation program to Linklaters London, Hong Kong and Singapore
Committees and interest groups
- Allens ALLin (LGBTI)
- [email protected]
- Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee
- Philanthropy Committee
- [email protected]
- Pro Bono Committee
- Ethics Committee
- Footprint Committee
Parents and carers
- We offer support for working parents and those with caring responsibilities. Working parents have access to:
- Transition coaching
- Subsidised childcare
- On demand 'emergency' childcare
- We also provide support for those with other caring responsibilities and offer generous leave provisions.
We're committed to pro bono, charity and community activities. You'll be encouraged to take part in our programs.
Our size and success mean we can offer exceptional choice as you develop your career. Stay flexible and you can take up secondments abroad, via our Linklaters alliance, or with clients.
Allens has long been committed to inclusion and diversity. Harnessing the many talents of our people helps us connect with our clients, solve complex problems, innovate and attract even more great people. As a team, we have many different stories, but we stand side-by-side in delivering exceptional outcomes for our clients and communities.
Allens' inclusion and diversity strategy focuses on structural, behavioural and 'hearts and minds' opportunities across a range of pillars, including gender, LGBTQ+, parents and carers, Indigenous, social mobility and flexible work. We're looking to build on inclusion as a strength, mainstream flexible work and actively support and manage our talent throughout their careers.
Allens uses a contextual recruitment system (Rare) as part of our clerkship selection process.
Rare is an optional recruitment survey that helps us to increase diversity by combining educational, socioeconomic and personal information to provide a more complete picture of a candidate's background, allowing us to better understand challenges and achievements beyond what might appear in a CV.
Our approach to flexible work recognises that everyone needs balance.
The outcomes of our work are more important than how, where or when work gets done, and we empower our people to make choices that balance the needs of our clients, our business and their personal circumstances.
We know our people will require different kinds of flexibility at different times in their lives and we encourage them to use flex to support a fulfilling, sustainable career. At Allens, flexible work is for everyone.
We are building a culture of genuine inclusion to support the success of women in the firm. We are well on our way to achieving our goal of 35% female partners by 2022.
We've been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the past 15 years, reflecting our commitment and action in building a culture where all our people can thrive and reach their full potential.
Gender diversity and inclusion in action
- Our career model, policies and initiatives have been developed with an emphasis on the engagement, professional development and promotion of women in the firm.
- We have a strong and high-profile networking and mentoring group, Women at Allens, which is chaired by senior partners in each office.
- Allens was one of the first organisations in Australia to become a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. We are a signatory to the Law Council of Australia's National Equitable Briefing Policy which aims to eliminate briefing practices that consciously or unconsciously limit opportunities for female barristers, and a signatory to the Council's Diversity and Equality Charter.
- Allens is also a signatory to the NSW Law Society's Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.
- 93% of Allens' people feel their immediate manager supports gender equality
- Allens is proud to offer a best practice new parents package that removes the distinction between primary and non-primary (secondary) carers and gives all employees the time and flexibility they need to create strong family connections. The package includes 18 weeks paid parental leave and gives all eligible employees the opportunity to take concurrent leave with their partner.
- Allens new parents package allows flexibility in the way leave can be taken and provides superannuation on both the paid and unpaid components of parental leave. For lawyers returning from more than three months parental leave, the package includes a temporary break from billable expectations.
- Allens aims to have more men taking part in longer-term parental leave with the view of normalising caring behaviour and responsibilities, creating clear role models and breaking down stigma to reset social norms.
- Allens provides 1:1 parental leave transition coaching, a group coaching parents' program, priority placement at onsite childcare centres and access to external childcare and eldercare toolkits.
We established ALLin, our network for LGBTQ+ identifying partners, employees and their allies, in 2011. ALLin provides opportunities for members to build relationships with each other, our clients and the wider community through events, network meetings and pro bono legal assistance on matters of interest to the LGBTQ+ community.
In recent years, Allens this has assisted LGBTQ+ asylum seekers with their claims and supported local and international not-for-profits in their advocacy on transgender rights and expunging historical homosexual criminal convictions.
Allens was the first law firm to be a member of Pride in Diversity, Australia's only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with LGBTQ+ inclusion, and is currently a bronze employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).
In 2009, Allens became the first top-tier law firm in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). In 2018, we released our fifth RAP, focusing on the development of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the fostering of respect and the creation of opportunities.
Through a range of RAP programs and initiatives, Allens invests in Indigenous commercial relationships; advocates and leads on reconciliation in our profession; creates employment opportunities in our firm and community; supports Indigenous clients and relevant public interest organisations through pro bono legal advice; builds cultural capacity in our firm and community; and tracks and reports on progress.
Allens' Indigenous Legal Internship program commenced in 2006. Through that program, more than 120 Indigenous law students have taken up the opportunity to experience life at a commercial law firm.
Allens is a founding member of Supply Nation, which provides a national directory of Indigenous businesses. Allens seeks opportunities to engage in commercial relationships with Indigenous businesses, to diversify its supply chain and provide indirect employment opportunities.
For many years, Allens has sponsored and coordinated an annual legal moot for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students studying at Queensland Universities, giving those students first-hand experience with leading barristers and firms and access to the Queensland judiciary.
Allens is proud to offer a best practice new parents package that removes the distinction between primary and non-primary (secondary) carers and gives all employees the time and flexibility they need to create strong family connections.
The package includes 18 weeks paid parental leave and gives all eligible employees the opportunity to take concurrent leave with their partner. We aim to have more men taking part in longer-term parental leave with the view of normalising caring behaviour and responsibilities, creating clear role models and breaking down stigma to reset social norms.
Allens new parents package also allows flexibility in the way leave can be taken and provides superannuation on both the paid and unpaid components of parental leave. For lawyers returning from more than three months parental leave, the package includes a temporary break from billable expectations.
Allens also provides 1:1 parental leave transition coaching, a group coaching parents' program, priority placement at onsite childcare centres and access to external childcare and eldercare toolkits.