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Our clerk and graduate program offers real opportunities for career progression. Here's what some of our other clerks, graduates and new lawyers have to say on what makes Piper Alderman's program unique.

Denise Burloff

Denise Burloff
Law Graduate, Brisbane

I started as a Law Clerk in the Commercial Litigation team in 2014 while I was in my second year of the Juris Doctor. From day one, I was excited by how closely I got to work with the Partners and other senior staff at the firm. It has been extremely encouraging to work on some of the smaller matters where it has been just a Partner and myself because of the amount of responsibility you are given.  As a Law Graduate I was given the opportunity to appear in Court on behalf of our clients for directions hearings and reviews, an experience many don’t get until they are admitted solicitors. Now that I am a lawyer I feel very privileged to work closely alongside such supportive and encouraging colleagues who really invest their time into developing junior staff. 


Philip Chow

Philip Chow
Lawyer, Melbourne

From my first day as a law clerk, and then as a law graduate, I have had the invaluable opportunity to be actively involved in a variety of matters in areas such as intellectual property, mergers and acquisition, and litigation. While the learning curve was steep, my colleagues have offered incredible support throughout every stage. The exposure to real work from the outset made my transition into a graduate role much less daunting. This unique experience has further assisted my university studies and places me in a great position to start my career as a lawyer. I would recommend Piper Alderman’s clerk and graduate program to students who are eager to have a challenging but rewarding start to their legal career.


Brendan May

Brendan May
Lawyer

When I first began as a law clerk at Piper Alderman I was concerned that I would be in a small room somewhere becoming a world expert on photocopying. I’m happy to say that it was not the case. From the beginning I was allocated to the litigation team and was involved in court work, briefing Counsel, drafting submissions and all the other cool things that litigators get to do. My colleagues were always happy to challenge me, teach me, and put up with my spelling mistakes. I always felt supported and encouraged and now look forward to helping others in that position feel the same. As a clerk and graduate I think you gain a lot of skills very quickly, but in terms of experience it’s only the very beginning, and what is most important is that you have the people around you who are prepared give their time to help you grow and improve, which is what I was lucky enough to have. I’m now a lawyer in the litigation team and despite all the exciting things they got me to do from the start, I’m still pretty good at photocopying.


Hannah Veldre

Hannah Veldre
Lawyer, Sydney

I started as a Law Clerk in the Commercial Litigation team in 2014 while I was in my second year of the Juris Doctor. From day one, I was excited by how closely I got to work with the Partners and other senior staff at the firm. It has been extremely encouraging to work on some of the smaller matters where it has been just a Partner and myself because of the amount of responsibility you are given.  As a Law Graduate I was given the opportunity to appear in Court on behalf of our clients for directions hearings and reviews, an experience many don’t get until they are admitted solicitors. Now that I am a lawyer I feel very privileged to work closely alongside such supportive and encouraging colleagues who really invest their time into developing junior staff.

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