As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia and recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of almost 3000 lawyers in 28 locations around the world, we work with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.
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If you’re interested in working at King & Wood Mallesons, 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 King & Wood Mallesons hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. We have almost 3000 lawyers in 28 locations around the world working with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.
As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, we help clients to open doors and unlock opportunities as they look to Asian markets to unleash their full potential. Combining an unrivalled depth of expertise and breadth of relationships in our core markets, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.
We take a partnership approach in working with clients, focusing not just on what they want, but how they want it. Always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, we are reshaping the legal market and challenging our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be.
To find out more about our practice groups and sectors please click here.
Our clients range from a mix of global financial and corporate powerhouses through to the new industry-makers and all levels of government (some for over 200 years).
We are the only law firm able to practice Chinese, Hong Kong, Australian, English, US and a significant range of European laws under one integrated legal brand.
The King & Wood Mallesons network extends across the following regions:
- Asia Pacific (Australia, Mainland China including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore)
- Middle East
- North America
The global network is strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets and financial centres, we’re on the ground where you need us most.
We want to be the law firm clients love to work with and a great place to work and grow for our people. It’s important to us and our clients that our people find working at KWM an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
With a growth mindset and innovation in our DNA, we partner with our clients to bring to life pioneering solutions which will help them to adapt, reinvent and evolve. We believe innovation comes from giving our people room to grow, and as such actively encourage input and ideas from all levels of the firm.
Growth conversations and real-time feedback is also a priority. So, whether it’s more targeted and meaningful conversations around professional and personal development, regular feedback, coaching or developing infrastructure, we want to help our people grow.
We are committed to making KWM a Great Place to Work and Grow – a place where we maximise both performance and wellbeing in a sustainable way to enable our people to flourish. We know that an engaged and motivated KWM team enhances our own experience, the experience we give to each other and the experience of our clients.
With us, you will play a key role in shaping the future of the firm and we invest heavily in development to support you in fulfilling your greatest potential.
At KWM, we believe in giving our people trust and autonomy, but you are supported every step of the way with world class training, coaching and hands on experience.
KWM’s market leading Graduate Experience Program is designed to positively enhance your graduate learning experience. It is aligned with the firm’s strategic priorities and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for professional and personal growth.
Our graduates are critical to the success and evolution of our business. At King & Wood Mallesons, we let you go beyond the law to become what you want to be.
You will be offered a unique training experience with multiple rotations and a bespoke comprehensive learning and development program. We invest heavily in learning and development to support you in fulfilling your potential.
Our Graduate Experience Program provides a practical business foundation for junior lawyers where you will learn:
- Meaningful work covering a wide range of practice areas;
- Client contact and an in-depth understanding of how they operate in a commercial and regulatory environment;
- The opportunity to work with a range of partners, senior associates and solicitors in different practice groups;
- A practical understanding of areas of our legal practice; and
- Participation in graduate bootcamps designed to upskill our lawyers of the future across our suite of LegalTech tools.
As part of the Graduate Experience Program, we also offer a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course with the College of Law to our Australian Law Graduates, ensuring that you meet the requirements for admission to legal practice.
Gain insight into what some of our graduates have to say about their graduate learning experience.
Innovation is at the heart of our growth mindset
Our graduates participate in a wide range legal tech training to build digital literacy and be future-ready. See some of the ways our graduates augment their legal expertise and enhance the client experience by watching the video below.
Want to kick-start your career in law?
The KWM Insight Program will give you the opportunity to gain skills, confidence and knowledge into life at King & Wood Mallesons.
As part of Insight we will give you:
- High level overview of how KWM is structured, the areas of law we practice in and the clients we work with.
- An in-depth look into some of the matters our teams are working on.
- Learn more about what innovation means at KWM and how we enhance the client experience using LegalTech.
- A chance to meet some of our people and hear about their experiences as legal professionals.
- Plus, exclusive insight into the clerkship recruitment process.
The Insight Program comprises of 4 sessions:
- The Business of Law – introductory session covering everything you need to know about life at a commercial law firm, that you aren’t taught at university!
- KWM in Practice – in this ‘speed dating’ style event you will get to meet some of KWM’s leading market experts
- LegalTech – the role of innovation & legal tech
- Alumni session – giving you the exclusive insight into clerkship applications.
Upon completion of the Insight Program you will have gained a solid understanding of a top-tier commercial law firm and gained exclusive insight into the recruitment process to help you feel prepared and confident when applying for clerkship positions. You will also become part of the Insight Program alumni.
Who should apply?
The Insight program runs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Applications are welcome from university students who are in their pre-penultimate year of their university degree.
If I am unsuccessful for Insight, does that mean I will automatically be unsuccessful for a clerkship at KWM?
Absolutely not. The Insight Program is a highly competitive process due to the limited spots available. Even if you are unsuccessful for a place on the Insight Program we encourage you to apply for a seasonal clerkship with us and would like to assure you that an unsuccessful outcome for the Insight Program should not be taken as an indication of unsuitability for a clerkship.
Get in touch
If you have any further questions, please contact the national People & Development team at [email protected] and one of our team members will respond to your query.
Our clerkships will give you a clear picture of what it’s like to be a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons. You will get to know our people, our culture, practice areas, clients and more.
You will work in one or two different practice groups depending on the length of your clerkship. You will be allocated a supervisor in each of your practice groups and you’ll work closely with the partners, senior associates and solicitors in that team. You will also participate in a clerkship innovation course which will provide you with fundamental learning on the LegalTech KWM uses. It’s a hands-on role so you won’t just be watching from the sidelines.
Clerks have described King & Wood Mallesons lawyers as "approachable, supportive, having a sense of humour, good work ethic, a pleasure to work with". Others have emphasised the "ability to build strong and enduring relationships, based on trust, getting things right, focused and technically excellent".
Find out what our clerks have to say about the KWM application process, firm culture, the support and more!
Seasonal clerk intake: 2020/21
Area of rotation: Banking & Finance (Debt Capital Markets) and Tax
University: Macquarie University
Degree: Juris Doctor
Click here for more information about Vrinda Jain
Seasonal clerk intake: 2019/2020
Area of rotation: Tax
University: Monash University
Degree: Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Literature)
Click here for more information about Nelson Phan
Our Graduate Program promotes and supports an integrated approach to learning, where you build capability through a range of “formal” and “informal” learning experiences, ranging from day-to-day work activities, through to the more traditional face-to-face learning programs.
We enable graduates to gain on the job experience with rotations across different practice areas and access to a greater choice and variety of destinations – with opportunities to complete a rotation in one of our interstate or overseas offices in the near future.
Our graduates are very important to shaping the future of the firm, and we invest heavily in development to support them in fulfilling their potential.
- KWM’s market leading program is designed to have a positive impact and enhance the graduate experience. It is aligned with the firm’s strategic priorities and provides our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need for professional and personal growth to become they best they can be.
- Tailored for the graduates, the program has an emphasis on legal excellence; technical expertise; commercial skills; knowledge management; legal project management; innovation; social and self-development and client focus.
- The holistic program complements formal training and development with on-the-job learning, with the training schedule aligned to the graduates’ rotations.
- All graduates attend an intensive induction when they join the firm. In each rotation graduates attend a comprehensive practice group induction, specific to their group. All graduates come together again throughout the rotations for a series of sessions which build on the foundations covered in induction.
- Alongside the usual graduate induction training, there is now a focus on upskilling graduates with specific legal technology training relevant to their practice groups, ultimately allowing them to develop the confidence and proficiency required to apply LegalTech on matters for clients.
Why do we DARE to grow?
We encourage our people to embrace a growth mindset so we continue to challenge ourselves to think differently. To see how some of our people dare to grow, watch the videos below.
Our LGBTI Inclusion Network at KWM (LINK) aims to further LGBTI inclusion by increasing awareness and LGBTI advocacy at KWM. LINK promotes inclusion, provides support, and strengthen the sense of community for out LGBTI colleagues and allies. LINK is led by the LINK Leadership Group, who drive and maintain a strategic business plan.
LINK now represents nearly 29% of our total workforce and in recognition of our commitments we have previously been recognized with Silver and Bronze Employer Status by the Pride in Diversity AWEI benchmarking awards.
Our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan, launched in mid-2020 centres on has enabled us to refresh the way in which we collaborate, accelerate and drive our reconciliation efforts. Reflecting not only our commitment to reconciliation but doing what we can to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations, we have named this initiative our Reconciliation & Empowerment Project (R&E).
Our R&E Program, underpinned by our Stretch RAP, is designed to build on the reconciliation commitments we made through our RAP journey which commenced in 2016. Our R&E Project, driven through the work of our Leadership, Ambassadors and Working Groups, reflects our firm’s values and demonstrates our desire to create a country where all people are deeply valued, have access to the support they need and have equal opportunities to flourish.
Diversity for us is not optional - it is fundamental to our business success and to creating our great place to work and grow.
Diverse teams cultivate different ideas, make unique contributions, and offer innovative solutions. With an international client base such as ours, diversity enables us to deliver a service that reflects our clients’ needs and deliver an exceptional client experience.
Our key diversity and inclusion priority areas are:
- Advancing gender equality
- Mainstreaming flexible ways of working
- Strengthening our cultural diversity and capability
- Strengthening LGBTI inclusion
- Creating more pathways towards Indigenous inclusion via our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and Indigenous Attraction, Employment & Retention Strategy
In addition, one of our core inclusion priorities is to lead in wellbeing through a focus on both the everyday experience of our people and evaluating and redesigning the systems in our business model. Our approach to wellbeing is both preventative and holistic, encompassing physical, psychological, intellectual, and social wellbeing.
Cultural diversity and capability
Cultural diversity and capability are critical to our commercial success particularly being headquartered in Asia. We have a range of language and general education programs to help strengthen our knowledge and understanding along with a variety of cultural exchange networks who meet regularly to share ideas and insights.
Flexible ways of Working
KWM recognises flexibility in the way we work is a core element of an engaged, supportive, and productive workplace that delivers a great experience for its clients. We recognise that flexible working improves wellbeing for many people which can lead to higher performance.
We actively support and encourage working arrangements which enable development, connectivity, and wellbeing. Our approach to flexibility takes into account a combination of working “in the office” and “out of the office” and ensuring we can take advantage of the benefits of each.
Gender equality is one of our core priority areas in our Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing strategy, and is one of the firm’s strategic business imperatives as part of our overall all business strategy to create a Great Place to Work and Grow.
Our commitment to gender equality means deliberate and meaningful actions on a range of issues such as:
- eliminating gender bias and stereotyping across all elements of the people experience such as recruitment, development and promotion;
- addressing the impact of caring responsibilities that have traditionally fallen disproportionately on women;
- mainstreaming flexible work practices for all so that we intentionally focus on driving an inclusive experience for everyone;
- zero tolerance of gender-based harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying;
- improving the use of diversity metrics and accountability around them; and
- enabling and encouraging more open conversations led from the top.
Our Gender Working Group, comprised of a cross section of male and female partners and senior management , drives progress against our gender partnership target to reach 35% female partners by 2022 and 40% by 2025 . Over the past year the Group has developed a comprehensive action plan which examines relevant systems and processes, leadership and behaviours, skills and capabilities which actively support gender equality. In addition, each centre hosts an active Gender Equality Network (gen-KWM) committee that meets regularly to develop programs and strengthen gender equality awareness and education.