Our application process gives us every opportunity to get to know you and for you to get to know our firm and people.

Below is a guide on how our process works.



We are travelling around universities across New Zealand holding ‘CV Drop In’ clinics where you can bring along your CV for some of our People & Culture team and junior lawyers to take a look at your CV and give you some tips. Get in touch with your student reps and/or careers advisors to find out dates!

Academic Transcript

We don’t require a formal certified copy of your transcript (a scanned print out or screenshot is just fine!).
Please upload this in the same document as your CV.

For all Summer and Winter Clerkship applications

1. We require you to answer two of our questions (350 word limit for each answer); one is around an area of law you are interested in, and the other is around a notable circumstance in your life that has helped you grow to where you are today.

2. This year we are also asking candidates to submit a short 'About Me' video, which will bring your application to life. Think of it as a cover letter, and tell us the key things about you and your experience that you think would be valuable for us to know. 1-2 minutes (approximately) is a good guide for your video length.

When our roles are live, there will be a ‘submit application’ button at the bottom of this page. When you hit ‘submit your application’, you’ll be taken to our recruitment system.

Once you’re there, please select the role you would like to apply for: a Summer Clerkship in Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch, OR, a Winter Clerkship in Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch. If you’re flexible on which office you would like to apply for, please select the role, and then complete the field in the application form that asks if you’d like to be considered for other offices, and which one/s.

When completing the rest of your application, there will be a number of fields you need to fill out, including your name, university and more. Please make sure you fill out all the fields correctly.

Remember to double check your application and make sure you submit it on time!

“My experience at Chapman Tripp has been invaluable. As summer clerks we have been busy with real client work, working as a part of a couple of different teams over the summer. The people at Chapman Tripp, at all levels, are approachable and genuinely interested in what you have to say. This has been an enjoyable experience and I now have a great idea of which direction I’d like to go in the future.”

Tom YatesSummer Clerk

Hear from our people

Insights from our recent Summer Clerks

We sat down with three of our recent Summer Clerks, Tom, Bianca and Ella-Rose, to hear about their different application and interview experiences. They also share highlights of their summer with Chapman Tripp.

“Take time with your application and make it specific to Chapman Tripp. Chapman Tripp has a comprehensive graduate recruitment website, so use it to your advantage. For my interview I was engaged and had Chapman Tripp-specific questions I wanted to learn the answers to, whilst remaining personable. It’s all about building relationships, and this can start during the interview process.”

Sam RileySummer Clerk

Applications have now closed for graduate recruitment this year. Thank you to all who applied!