Melbourne clerks miss out on grad recruitment

August 26, 2013 The majority of Melbourne law students who recently completed clerkships at leading Australian firms have not been offered graduate positions.

Lawyers Weekly reports figures from the Melbourne offices of eight top and mid-tier firms, showing that none of the firms reached a 50% recruitment rate, and some firms hired less than a quarter of their clerks.

Herbert Smith Freehills took in 86 clerks in its Melbourne office, and offered just 34 of them a graduate position. The firm’s people and development director, Andrea Bell, acknowledged that graduate intake that is proportional to the number of clerkships is “important for the integrity of our brand”, which will be little consolation to the rejected clerks.

King & Wood Mallesons had an even worse rate of retention, offering just 20 out of 78 clerks a graduate position with the firm.

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