Law clerkship

Our law clerks participate in a comprehensive programme from induction through to admission. We make sure our law clerks have all the training and support they need to get the best start to their legal careers.

Since 2016, we have enrolled our law clerks in a bespoke Professional Legal Studies Course (Profs) with the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS). This classroom-based course, which we helped develop, focuses on the common types of work our law clerks do.

The course is full-time, so our law clerks don’t need to juggle work and study. At the end of Profs, our law clerks join us full-time in the office, in early May.

Throughout the 13 week programme, our law clerks spend time with their teams by attending training sessions and team events. After Profs, our law clerks attend our in-house weekly technical training sessions and relevant skills modules, such as our plain English writing course.

Key information and dates

What are the benefits?

A competitive salary (our law clerks receive their full salary while completing Profs), up to $500 wellbeing benefit, up to $500 relocation costs, Kiwisaver, health insurance plan, team events, firm sports teams, an inclusive culture and ongoing training and support.

What is Profs?

After you complete your law degree and before you can be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand/hold a current practising certificate, you must complete a Professional Legal Studies Course, also known as Profs.

Do you have to pay for Profs?

If you join Chapman Tripp as a law clerk we will cover the cost of Profs and pay your full salary while you’re on the course.

When do Law Clerks start?

Our law clerks complete their Profs course onsite and full-time from February to April and they join the firm full-time in May.