Winter clerk, Auckland - University of Auckland

“I didn’t think Corporate was for me - but my experience at Chapman Tripp,the focus on people and whanaungatanga, proved me wrong. I felt a strong sense of connection and support, and it gave me a taste of what it was like to work in a commercial law firm.”

I heard about Chapman Tripp’s Winter Clerkship programme at university and through friends already working at the firm. After hearing about everyone’s great experiences, I decided to apply in my third year. 

Compared to other interviews I’ve done I felt very comfortable and found the team friendly. Prior to the interview I had been given some great information about what they were looking for in a successful applicant. What I loved about the interview was that it was more like a conversation – they got to learn about me, and I was able to ask lots of questions.

“When I was clerking everyone was so genuine and welcoming, and I loved it that people would take the time to get to know me and were interested in what I did outside of work too.”

The advice that I’d give to anyone wanting to apply is to go for gold! CT is a people-focused law firm that doesn’t have a mould – you don’t have to be a certain personality type; they welcome different cultures and personalities. Take the chance, embrace the interview process, be yourself- and see what happens!