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Summer clerkship

Our 13-week summer clerk programme is a great way for students to immerse themselves in life at Chapman Tripp, build working relationships, receive great training and most of all, get involved in real work.

We keep our intake to around 25-30 summer clerks across our three offices (including those coming through from our winter clerk programme) and we don’t take on more summer clerks than we have law clerk positions to offer. That means our summer clerks don’t compete and they have the opportunity to get stuck into real work.

Our summer clerks rotate through two teams. Before the programme starts we hold a team information day so that our summer clerks have all the details they need to make an informed decision about their rotation preferences.

But it’s not all work and no play during the programme. Our summer clerks get involved in volunteer work, meet clients and have a number of firm and summer clerk social events to attend.

Check out these videos that Dan (Auckland), Harriet (Christchurch) and Scarlet (Wellington) put together documenting their summer clerkships:


Key Information & Dates

What are the benefits?

A competitive salary, $1000 clothing allowance, wellness subsidy, up to $400 relocation expenses and a three week paid holiday over Christmas. You get to experience real work by rotating through two teams with great training, client visit, performance feedback, supervisor and buddy support, firm and team social events and volunteer work. You could be offered a law clerk position at the end of the programme.

When does the programme run?

November 2017 through to February 2018 (across the university summer break).

Who can apply?

Our 2017/2018 summer clerk programme will be aimed at law students in their penultimate year of study and who can join us as a law clerk in February 2019.

When will applications open?

Applications for our 2017/2018 summer clerk programme open on 16 March 2017 and close on 30 March 2017 at midday.