Winter clerk, Wellington - University of Canterbury

“I applied to be a winter clerk on a whim and chose the competition and regulatory team. Apart from watching Suits, I wasn’t sure what to expect of a commercial law firm! In reality it’s not like Suits at all - everyone was very welcoming and willing to help.”

I thought large law firm culture was all about heavy workloads, being stuck at your desk, or running around with copious client files. However, everyone took their time to explain the work to me – what was expected, and who I could talk to if I got stuck or had questions. One of the solicitors spent a lot of time explaining how everything worked, and even drew diagrams about one particular matter so I understood completely!

I learnt about conducting client meetings, and it was interesting to see the relationships some of the partners had built with clients. It was obvious some of the clients had been with the firm for years because they chatted away like old friends.

Working in a law firm on the 14th floor overlooking Wellington harbour is also fantastic.

“The Wellington office has a great team environment with a strong work ethic. Everybody seems to know everyone and they like having a laugh!”

I learnt quickly that Chapman Tripp is a people-focused firm - personality is a great attribute to have.As much as grades are important, they’re not everything. CT is really interested in the little things you do outside of university just as much as your law papers.