Working across borders
Over the past 100 years, we’ve built an unrivalled network of 44 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for White & Case’s client work in 180 countries today.
Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple Firm offices. You will work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with colleagues across the global network on multijurisdictional matters, and experience the operational realities of cross-border law. We believe global exposure is an integral part of becoming a great lawyer, and our graduates are encouraged to take up international secondment opportunities, either as a part of their program or early in their career.
Our teams in Melbourne and Sydney work with clients in every state of Australia and across the globe on all aspects of the energy, infrastructure and mining & metals sectors and on corporate M&A transactions. We offer clients legal services throughout the full life cycle of their projects, including environment and planning, project structuring, project development, project finance, corporate advice, M&A, litigation and arbitration.
Who we are looking for
There is no such thing as a typical White & Case clerk or graduate. We recruit people from all walks of life, from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Even so, there are a few key qualities we always look for. We’re looking for high achievers who want to be part of a dynamic, growing global business. It goes without saying that we expect intelligence and academic excellence, and your interest in us suggests you have the ambition, drive and determination to become a successful global lawyer.
Next, the way you think is crucial. You’ll enjoy the intellectual challenge of analysing how the law works and being creative, yet commercial, in how you interpret it. Your clients will come to depend on your lateral thinking, your focus on detail and your ability to resolve complex issues or structure international transactions.
You’re a team player, on whom clients and colleagues can rely to perform tasks accurately, efficiently and meet deadlines. You’re expected to ask questions about your work or seek feedback on your performance—that’s why we have an informal open-door policy.
Vacation Clerkships and Internships
We offer a summer and winter vacation clerkship in our Melbourne office and a smaller intake of winter internship in our Sydney office. Regionally, we offer summer and winter internship opportunities in our Hong Kong office for law students with fluency in mandarin.
These programs offer law students a practical insight into life as a White & Case graduate or trainee. You’ll be welcomed into a team where you’ll undertake meaningful tasks, including but not limited to, drafting contracts and memoranda, researching, interpreting legislation and case law, preparing client alerts, and engaging in document review and due diligence work.
Above all, the clerkship is as much a process about our Firm finding out who you are as it is about you finding out who we are. As such, clerks are encouraged to ask questions and get involved in the program.