King & Wood Mallesons, in conjunction with start-up company InsideSherpa, has launched what it calls Australia’s first virtual internship program, noting it has received approximately 1,000 enrolments in the first two weeks alone from 42 universities.
The program was designed to provide students an online platform, giving them the opportunity to complete similar work to what the firm’s graduates and junior solicitors do each day, according to a statement from KWM.
The statement explained that through the online program students can undertake up to five modules related to Asian context experience, transactional, innovation, pro bono and disputes.
“They will receive briefing videos from KWM partners and lawyers, and will be asked to complete tasks including drafting documents, communicating with clients, understanding smart contracts, working with our community partners and analysing and advising on corporate legal matters,” the statement said.
Commenting further on the launch, KWM chief executive partner Berkeley Cox said: “KWM is leading the future of graduate recruitment in law – no other firm in Australia is doing this or anything similar yet”.
“We are providing a realistic and accessible opportunity for students to learn what it is like working at one of the world’s leading international law firms, and build skills required to excel as a commercial lawyer,” he added.
“The program provides a true insight into life at a top-tier firm – it does not shy away from the sometimes challenging, complex and interesting tasks our grads undertake each day.
“It meets the strong desire we have found from students and young graduates to build their skills in the profession and learn more about what a career in law will hold.”