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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 an application question (350 word limit) around a notable circumstance in your life that has helped you grow to where you are today.
2. 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!

“Chapman Tripp is a large and prestigious firm and that much has been obvious throughout the clerkship. I have met a lot of people who are leading in their fields and I have learnt a lot of skills and knowledge in a very small timeframe. The opportunity to work in a place like this early in my career is one I am very grateful to have had.”

Helena WisemanSummer Clerk

Hear from our people

Insights from our recent Summer Clerks

We sat down with our recent summer clerks Patricia and Zoe, to hear about their different application and interview experiences.

“Chapman Tripp has an incredible culture that fully embraces and encourages summer clerks to learn though experiences. Over the summer I had countless opportunities to be involved with different exciting projects and work closely alongside lawyers and partners at the firm.”

Meg DavidsonSummer Clerk

Applications for our 2023 Summer and Winter Clerkships have now closed. Thank you for submitting your applications!