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. Applications are now closed for 2021.



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.

Graduate Recruitment Specialist, Rose Ritchie, provides some additional tips and information on our application process. Check it out below!

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!

Hear from our people

Insights from our recent Summer Clerks

We sat down with three of our 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.

The ins and outs of the graduate recruitment process

In this podcast, Graduate Recruitment Specialist Rose Ritchie shares her valuable insights and advice on applying for the programme and what we’re looking for in the application and interview process.

“There is a wide variety of personalities at Chapman Tripp and I would encourage everyone to be themselves throughout the application process. The pre-interview coffees are a great way to meet people at the firm and feel more comfortable going into the interview.”

Jake HendersonSolicitor

Applications are now closed for our 2021 programme – thank you to everyone that applied. We'll be in touch soon!