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White & Case

4.3
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Working across borders

Over the past 100 years, we’ve built an unrivaled 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. Lawyers who join our Firm find themselves part of an open, collegial culture where innovation, teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit are valued. From day one, our lawyers do intellectually challenging work on complex and innovative deals and matters with talented colleagues around the world. 

We believe global exposure is an integral part of becoming a great lawyer, and our graduates and trainees are encouraged to take up international secondment opportunities, either as a part of their program, or early in their career.

“So far I’ve been to Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, and Seoul, and the transition is seamless”

Justin Chang, Associate, Melbourne

 

Our work in Asia-Pacific

Australia

Our teams across Melbourne and Sydney work with clients in every state of Australia, and across the globe on a multitude of legal matters across the energy, infrastructure and mining & metals sectors. Seamless and successful collaboration across the offices allows White & Case to provide client services for the entire life cycle of our client’s projects. These services include environment and planning; project structuring; project development; project finance; corporate advice; M&A; litigation and arbitration.

Hong Kong

Our Hong Kong team primarily focus on the emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region, where many rules are still being made. These markets consist of sophisticated cross-border transactions and legal matters arising from the dynamic context and potential risk profile. At a glance, the key areas of work in our Hong Kong office are capital markets; investment funds; M&A and private equity, debt finance and dispute resolution.

 

Our People & Culture

We are proud that our people come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. There’s no typical White & Case lawyer, but we do look for high achievers with a strong academic record who want to be part of a dynamic global business. 

Between us, we represent 110 nationalities and speak 87 languages, which is vital to our ability to effectively represent our diverse clients around the world.  We attract people with a global mindset, who prioritise learning about different cultures, experiences, languages and viewpoints. By increasing the diversity of students and professionals at the Firm, we add to our enjoyable, supportive work environment and develop teams that provide the best solutions for our clients.

Globally we have 26 local women’s networks, as well as nine affinity networks. All employees, no matter where they are located, are invited to join any of our affinity networks, including as an ally. In Asia-Pacific, our offices host a number of events each year for employees and clients that support our Global Women’s Initiative and other global affinity networks such as Spectrum LGBT+.

“This is a Firm that cares about the people who work here”

Annie Wan, Trainee Solicitor, Hong Kong

 

Active Global Citizens

Global Citizenship comprises pro bono, volunteering, charitable giving, legal education and environmental sustainability. It helps us fulfil our responsibilities to the global community with the greatest possible impact. 

Lawyers from every office and practice participate. Last year, we dedicated more than 146,000 hours to pro bono legal services. As soon as you join White & Case, you will have unparalleled opportunities to participate in cutting-edge pro bono work on the issues that matter to you—both locally and cross-border-with many of the world’s leading NGOs.

 

Our Opportunities

Vacation Clerkships and Internships

We offer a summer and winter vacation clerkship in our Melbourne office and a winter clerkship in our Sydney office. Regionally, we offer summer and winter internship opportunities in our Hong Kong office for law students with fluency in Mandarin and an interest in qualifying in Hong Kong.

You’ll be welcomed onto a team where you’ll be supervised and supported to work on tasks including drafting contracts and memoranda, researching, interpreting legislation and case law, preparing client alerts, document review and due diligence work. You will also attend client meetings and gain first-hand insight into how we help our clients achieve their goals. 

Most importantly, the application, and recruitment process, is about getting to know you. It’s important that you be yourself and look for opportunities to show your personality, as well as your skills and talents. It’s also your chance to ask us questions and get to know the Firm.

Graduate Program and Training Contracts

As a truly global Firm, we provide our Graduates and Trainees with unique opportunities to work on international matters — both commercial and pro bono — with our large global network of offices. From day one, you will work on fast-paced cutting-edge and complex multijurisdictional projects, experiencing the operational realities of cross-border law. 

You will gain client exposure early on, as you handle substantive matters with first-rate guidance and supervision from leaders in their field. To help develop a taste for global thinking, we encourage and support a six-month seat rotation in one of our overseas offices.

To discover more about our Australia Graduate Program, click here

For details on our Hong Kong Training Contract, click here

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.3
Overall score based on 13 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.8
Culture
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.6
Recruitment
8.8
Training
8.8
Culture
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.6
Recruitment
8.8
Training
What Graduates Say About Them
  • White & Case offers access to market-leading and high profile matters, the ability to work with high-quality people, and the opportunity to undertake rotations throughout different practice areas both domestically and internationally. The firm also has fantastic back office support in terms of practice assistants, IT, business development, and training sessions.
  • The access to partners and experienced lawyers that have time to give to help you learn and the range of interesting and complex deals that you get to work on.
  • The culture and teams at White & Case are incredibly supportive, and rather that feeling like one of the graduates, you're instead treated like a fully-fledged member of the team. Tied to that is the support, emphasis on development and focus on career progression that colleagues at every level will help you with.
  • Great people, small office and ability to get to know everyone, collegiate atmosphere, opportunities (international and local secondments), opportunity to take responsibility and learn quickly.
  • Excellent international opportunities, and learning from lawyers who are both at the top of their field and also very friendly and there to help you learn.
  • High pressure on graduates to understand and manage complex transactions and an expectation that you can work alone progressing deals which may prove challenging to those new to corporate life.
  • Stressful trying to learn and work quickly in a high-pressure environment; long/inconsistent working hours.
  • Working in teams that are leaner and small can mean that sometimes you're thrown into the deep end with work - which can be scary. At the same time though, this provides huge development and learning opportunities.
  • The firm's Australian practice is narrowly focused on projects. As such, sometimes the work can feel a little one-note. If your heart is set on some other practice area or industry, this firm might not be the one for you.
  • Unpredictability - this is something you cannot control as a junior working in a cyclical commercial law environment.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
Current Jobs & Opportunities

Clerkship

The future of law is global. If you are ready to take charge of your career, we'd like to hear from you.

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
The coolest thing about my job is that I am able to do an overseas secondment, which involves working for a different office in a different country. This allows me to travel a bit while working in a new environment.

Annie Wan

  • Graduate stories
The coolest thing about my job is that I am able to do an overseas secondment, which involves working for a different office in a different country. This allows me to travel a bit while working in a new environment.

Annie Wan

  • Graduate stories
It’s no surprise that lawyers work in a stressful environment and work long hours, however, this is made much easier when you genuinely love the work and it’s engaging as well as working within a great team who are all team players and are supportive.

Emma Dobb

  • Graduate stories
It’s no surprise that lawyers work in a stressful environment and work long hours, however, this is made much easier when you genuinely love the work and it’s engaging as well as working within a great team who are all team players and are supportive.

Emma Dobb

  • Graduate stories
The coolest thing about my job is that I am able to do an overseas secondment, which involves working for a different office in a different country. This allows me to travel a bit while working in a new environment.

Annie Wan

  • Graduate stories
The coolest thing about my job is that I am able to do an overseas secondment, which involves working for a different office in a different country. This allows me to travel a bit while working in a new environment.

Annie Wan

  • Graduate stories
It’s no surprise that lawyers work in a stressful environment and work long hours, however, this is made much easier when you genuinely love the work and it’s engaging as well as working within a great team who are all team players and are supportive.

Emma Dobb

  • Graduate stories
It’s no surprise that lawyers work in a stressful environment and work long hours, however, this is made much easier when you genuinely love the work and it’s engaging as well as working within a great team who are all team players and are supportive.

Emma Dobb

A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Dion English

Dion English studied Double Bachelor's Degree in Law and Commerce and an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Dion English

Dion English studied Double Bachelor's Degree in Law and Commerce and an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Courtney White

Courtney studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at Monash University and is now an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Courtney White

Courtney studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at Monash University and is now an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Dion English

Dion English studied Double Bachelor's Degree in Law and Commerce and an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Dion English

Dion English studied Double Bachelor's Degree in Law and Commerce and an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Courtney White

Courtney studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at Monash University and is now an Associate at White & Case.
  • Day in the life

Courtney White

Courtney studied Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at Monash University and is now an Associate at White & Case.

Videos


Learning opportunities to new associates at White & Case

Meet Adam Freeman, an associate from our Melbourne office. Watch the video to learn about his experience with the Firm so far and the learning opportunities offered to new associates early in their career

What types of matters do our associates work on in Melbourne?

Meet Kirsty Ha, an associate from our Melbourne office. Watch the video to learn more about why Kirsty enjoys her time at White & Case and the types of matters she works on.

Learning opportunities to new associates at White & Case

Meet Adam Freeman, an associate from our Melbourne office. Watch the video to learn about his experience with the Firm so far and the learning opportunities offered to new associates early in their career

What types of matters do our associates work on in Melbourne?

Meet Kirsty Ha, an associate from our Melbourne office. Watch the video to learn more about why Kirsty enjoys her time at White & Case and the types of matters she works on.

Advice


Sydney Associate Daniel O'Neil on the skills for success

“Ask yourself, what is the client actually trying to achieve, and what would be the most commercially astute way of helping them achieve those objectives?”

Sydney Associate Daniel O'Neil on the skills for success

“Ask yourself, what is the client actually trying to achieve, and what would be the most commercially astute way of helping them achieve those objectives?”