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How we grow our people


Learning & development

As you start your career at Chapman Tripp, we want to help you have the right skills and knowledge you need to succeed. We have prepared an induction programme for your first day covering important information that you will need to know early on and will help set you up for your time in the firm.

Summer clerks joining our firm receive a comprehensive orientation day where we cover off topics such as our firm strategy, writing skills, junior panel ‘ask me anything’ sessions, as well as inviting along one of our Corporate Social Responsibility partners as a guest speaker to give you a well-rounded introduction to the firm. Once settled in, we check in with you on a regular basis over email and in person, as well as a more formal review after each team rotation.

“Right from day dot I was welcomed as a member of the team and given the support, tools and exposure to different work and clients that helped me learn. Chapman Tripp takes you off the side-line and places you in the middle of fascinating commercial transactions. This experience has been invaluable.”

Bonita Morrissey-SmithSolicitor

An introduction to Profs

We make sure our Law Clerks have all the training and support they need in order to have 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 full-time classroom-based course, which we helped develop, focuses on the common types of work our Law Clerks do and helps our Law Clerks develop the practical, day-to-day skills they will need as an entry-level lawyer.

After completing Profs, Law Clerks will be eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in New Zealand.

During Profs

To ensure our Law Clerks don’t need to juggle work and study at the same time, our Law Clerks join us full-time in the office after they have finished the 13-week course.

Throughout the course, our Law Clerks spend time with their teams by attending training sessions and team events so they have a seamless transition into the team and firm once they join us. After profs, we also provide our Law Clerks with in-house weekly technical training sessions and relevant skills modules, to help them develop the necessary skills and settle into their day-to-day roles.

Our Law Clerks receive their full salary while completing Profs.

“Chapman Tripp places considerable investment in its Law Clerks by offering such a unique and unforgettable Profs experience. As a Law Clerk highlights included the friendships I made with likeminded people in the industry.”

Ruth CliffordSolicitor