Looking to embark on a career in corporate law? We know it can be hard to differentiate one firm from another, particularly when everyone says they 'do great work with great people'. But what does that mean? Allens Confidential aims to answer that question. Produced by two Allens grads, Geneva Sekula and Roseanna Bricknell, this podcast gives you real insight into what it's like to work at Allens. Got questions about working here? Visit allens.com.au/careers or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your past is your secret weapon: non-traditional pathways to a career in law
Getting a job at a top-tier law firm can feel like an impossible prospect for a candidate whose school and uni results don't look a certain way on paper. How does it work if your background, education or experience don't match the stereotype? Caitlin and Will catch up with Grace Stals, head Paralegal in Sydney, and Manreet Singh, National Manager, Early Careers, to explore contextual recruitment, diversity and the industry-wide challenge of attracting the best candidates from different backgrounds. Grace shares her experience of overcoming hardship to make it through uni to a top-tier firm, and Manreet discusses what Allens is doing to make sure the best candidates make it through the process. Find out more about our clerkship application process, including our optional diversity assessment: https://graduates.allens.com.au/next-steps/
Ask us anything: clerkships, motivation, embarrassing moments
We asked our recent summer clerks what they wish they'd asked before they'd started their clerkships. From maintaining motivation to imposter syndrome, collaboration and Caitlin's clicky shoes, our hosts share their wisdom. And, in an epic Allens Confidential milestone, Geneva hands over the mic to new host Will Berthelot.
Global connections in the time of COVID
While restrictions on international travel are expected to remain in place for some time, global opportunities in the future are still front of mind for many law students. In the latest episode of Allens Confidential, we talk to Mona Abu Zalaf, an Allens lawyer on secondment with our alliance partner Linklaters in London, and Patrick McGregor, a Senior Overseas Practitioner who transferred to Sydney from Linklaters in London. How do the cultures of Allens and Linklaters compare? What's it like navigating a new environment when you're far from home?
What to expect from your clerkship
With summer clerkships soon to kick off, Geneva and Caitlin speak to recent clerks (now paralegals) Tim Tabalujan and Tahlia Rodrigues for the ultimate guide on what to expect from your clerkship. Tim and Tahlia share their advice on getting the most out of your clerkship, navigating office life and the best dad jokes to impress your new colleagues.
The Trans-Tasman Bubble
Having perfected the pronunciation of Kia Ora through numerous YouTube videos, Caitlin and Geneva are joined by Managing Associate Laura Hablous and Associate Andrew Lee to discuss their experiences crossing the ditch from New Zealand to Australia. Laura and Andrew discuss career progression, the logistics of qualification and what it's like to start a whole new life in a whole new city (on top of a whole new job).
The power of pro bono
Our pro bono work is one of the topics we get the most questions about from prospective clerks and grads. In this episode, Geneva and Caitlin catch up with Nicky Friedman, our Director of Community Engagement, and James Daniel, Associate and Sydney Pro Bono Coordinator, to talk all things pro bono. What sort of pro bono legal work does Allens do? How does it happen? How do junior lawyers get involved? How did Caitlin score a pro bono secondment so soon after starting as a grad (and from the comfort of home)?
Explore our pro bono and community work to find out more.