Graduate experiences

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.

I started at Piper Alderman as a Law Clerk in the litigation team in September 2020, before commencing a graduate role in the same team in November 2021. From day one, my team and the firm have ensured that I feel challenged, supported and excited in my work. One of the many great things about Piper Alderman is the variety of work that you undertake as a junior and the extra responsibility you may be able to take on. Some of the work I have done as a clerk and graduate includes attending and participating in a 6 week hearing in the Supreme Court of NSW, assisting in drafting court documents, developing claims, undertaking various interesting research tasks and much more. The Sydney office also has a great social aspect to it, and throughout the graduate program I’ve been fortunate enough to establish good working relationships and friendships with colleagues in my practice group as well as others.

Thomas NichollsLawyer, Sydney

The initial weeks of training allowed me to feel prepared and excited about the role. During my time as a Clerk, I have felt supported when learning new tasks.
I have been exposed to tasks, such as researching and drafting documents that are interesting and intellectually challenging. I receive continuous and in-depth feedback which has allowed me to develop my practical legal skills alongside my university studies.

Lola HickeyLaw Clerk, Sydney

I started my career at Piper Alderman in 2019 as a clerk. I was hired in a ‘general’ capacity, whereby I was able to help out a number of teams across the firm and get a feel for the various practice areas. I accepted a graduate role in the real estate team in 2020, and have since been mentored by a highly experienced and assiduous team of senior lawyers. From the beginning of my time at the firm, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide breadth of matters, engage directly with clients, and contribute to completing every task and solving any problem in a meaningful way. The support and collegiality that I have experienced at Piper Alderman is second to none, which has made my graduate program a particularly rewarding one.

Georgia MatthewsLawyer, Brisbane

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year (and a bit!) with Piper Alderman. The experience I was able to gain during my graduate year rotating through different teams, getting used to different work styles and gaining different perspectives on legal practise made my experience all the more richer. The partners and juniors of all teams are very approachable and willing to share their knowledge and guidance – they really make you feel like part of the team. The only disappointing aspect is there weren’t more Hawthorn supporters, but the valuable experience I gained has more than made up for it.

Sam WilliamsLawyer, Melbourne

The graduate program at Piper Alderman has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to develop as a lawyer through collaboration with partners and lawyers at all levels, direct client engagement, a broad range of tasks and responsibilities and regular feedback on my work. Being exposed to diverse matters and evolving areas of the law, having my insights valued and being both challenged and supported by my colleagues has made the graduate program a very engaging and fulfilling experience.

Gina GutwirthLawyer, Melbourne

The graduate program at Piper Alderman has been both challenging and rewarding and has taught me a number of invaluable skills that will help me succeed as I transition to a first year lawyer. The firm is eager to involve the graduates right from the beginning and not only have I had the opportunity to be involved in a number of complex matters, but the partners have also given me the opportunity to build professional relationships with the firm’s clients, for example by allowing me to author my own work and by involving me in client meetings.

Olivia De AngelisLawyer, Melbourne

Being a law clerk at Piper Alderman has provided me with the best possible opportunity to advance my career in the law. Having the opportunity to work closely with the most skilled and highly respected practitioners in the industry is an invaluable experience which has allowed me to continually develop my knowledge and skills. Often I work on complex regulatory issues which our clients have entrusted us to advise them on. I have never been made to feel as if my capabilities are limited by my job title and, on a regular basis, I am corresponding with clients and practitioners from our five offices. Recently, we have been assisting a client with a ‘ground-up’ operation which has been very satisfying to see the breadth of work involved in getting a new lender into the market.

Jack DeanLawyer, Adelaide

My law clerk and graduate experience has provided me with an invaluable opportunity to develop professionally by working with highly skilled lawyers, through direct client engagement and by receiving regular feedback and guidance. The supportive, approachable nature of the senior lawyers at Piper Alderman ensures that as a junior, I am always learning, being challenged and engaged. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a clerk or graduate at Piper Alderman is the complexity and diversity of work that you are exposed to, which provides continuing opportunities for professional development and growth. As a bonus, working in the Brisbane real estate team means that you will often drive past buildings you have provided advice on, which provides a tangible sense of achievement.

Amelia KramerLawyer, Brisbane

My favourite thing about being a clerk at Piper Alderman is definitely the people! Everyone is always really friendly and happy to lend a helping hand. The firm really wants you to succeed and provides the perfect environment to facilitate your growth into a young legal professional.

Stephanie DimovskiLaw Graduate, Sydney

I started at Piper Alderman as a Law Clerk in the penultimate year of my degree in 2017. From the very beginning, I have been involved in rewarding and interesting matters while working alongside colleagues and supervisors who are highly experienced and supportive. Piper Alderman has given me opportunities to challenge myself and provided me with the tools to ensure my long-term development as a lawyer. I feel very fortunate to have had this experience and am now looking forward to embarking on the next step in my career as an Associate

Emer SheridanAssociate, Sydney