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Starting a new career as a lawyer can be daunting, so we've tried to answer some of your questions.
How many employees does Piper Alderman have?
Piper Alderman has approximately 350 employees.
How many lawyers does Piper Alderman have?
Piper Alderman has approximately 160 lawyers including around 50 partners.
Where are your offices located?
We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
What areas of law does Piper Alderman practice in?
Piper Alderman is a full service commercial law firm practicing in corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, property, construction and infrastructure, intellectual property and technology, credit management and insolvency and employment relations.
What industries do you work in?
We work across a wide range of industries including agribusiness, banking and finance, energy and resources, government, health and life sciences, hospitality, tourism and gaming, insurance, private client services and trade and transport.
For more details on both our areas of practice and industry experience, visit our Expertise section.
When do applications open?
Applications for our Melbourne 2015 clerk and graduate intake will open in September 2014, with positions commencing in February 2015. Keep an eye on our CVmail page for more on how to submit your application!
What makes Piper Alderman unique?
Piper Alderman has over 160 years’ experience in the legal industry. We have achieved our impressive growth and success by listening to our clients and creating practical and innovative legal solutions. This success has seen the firm consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading law firms and independently recognised as an outstanding legal provider.
Piper Alderman promotes a culture of performance excellence at every level of the firm. Our graduates and clerks are high achievers and are given the unique opportunity of playing an active role in delivering innovative legal solutions to our clients from day one.
Can I get involved in pro bono work?
All lawyers are encouraged to participate in pro bono work and are also given the opportunity to become a member of our CSR committee. We are committed to giving back to our community through various initiatives, including our CSR Committee, our Diversity Council, and by being involved in a range of charity events and undertaking pro bono work. In our Melbourne office, clerks and graduates have the opportunity to become involved in a pro bono legal advice service, provided to patrons of the Salvation Army by members of our Emerging Lawyers group.
Do you offer clerk and graduate rotations?
We ask our clerks and graduates what area of law interests them the most and we do our best to place them in that area. If they would like to experience a different area of law down the track, we do our best to accommodate that request.
In 2015 our Melbourne office will offer a rotation program for graduates, consisting of 3 x 4-monthly rotations, so that you can gain experience across a wide range of areas.
What does Piper Alderman look for in a potential clerk or graduate?
First and foremost we seek clerks and graduates who are a good cultural fit for the firm. We value:
- Excellence - Striving for outstanding performance in everything we do
- Teamwork - Harnessing collaboration and teamwork to achieve our objectives
- Respect - Respecting each other and our clients
- Knowledge - Learning, sharing knowledge and encouraging clear, strong communication
- Innovation - Creating innovative legal solutions for our clients and industry-leading internal systems.
We also assess applications against more technical criteria including:
- Academic Transcript
- Academic Achievements
- University Involvement
- Work Experience
We look for candidates who can show they are diligent in their studies, can manage competing priorities and have a strong desire to work as a commercial lawyer. In addition to this, we seek those who have a strong work ethic coupled with an easy going, gregarious nature.
What advice would you offer to someone applying to the firm?
Your application should include:
- A covering letter outlining your reasons for wanting a clerk or graduate position at our firm
- Curriculum vitae with full educational details, work experience and employment history
- Academic transcript
During the interview you will have the opportunity to meet with Partners and HR representatives of the firm. We will assess your cultural fit within the firm, and will look out for a positive personality, willingness to work hard to achieve results and a determination to succeed.
The interview is your opportunity to learn about Piper Alderman and our people. Calm your interview nerves by being prepared:
- Visit our website prior to attending your interview
- Arrive in plenty of time and know the names of the people who will interview you
- Know why you want to join Piper Alderman
- Be ready to ask questions when it is your opportunity
What days would I be working during a clerkship?
As a law clerk you can choose the working days that suit you the most to fit around your university timetable. We understand that timetables change from semester to semester; so too can your working days.
Can I have time off for study and exams?
We understand that your first priority is your studies. That is why most of our law clerks take time off during exam periods.
What kind of work will I be doing?
Your work will vary depending on which division you are working in, however you can expect to do real legal work such as drafting, research and attending court. Have a look at our Clerk and Graduate Experiences page to hear it first hand.
Outside of work, what does Piper Alderman offer its employees?
Our staff enjoy a friendly and supportive environment, an active social club as well as a comprehensive employee benefits program and a comprehensive health and wellbeing program.
If you still can't find the answer to your question, please contact a member of our Human Resources team whose details can be found on the Contacts page.