Law clerkship


Our law clerks participate in a comprehensive programme from induction through to admission.

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.

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.

  • Generally, our law clerks are our previous summer clerks, however every now and again we hire law clerks who haven’t worked with us before
  • 2020 law clerks applications open 12 March 2020 and close midday 6 April 2020
  • Our law clerks complete their profs course onsite from late-January to April each year and join the firm full time in May
  • A competitive salary (our law clerks receive their full salary while completing profs)
  • $500 wellbeing benefit each year
  • Up to $500 relocation costs
  • KiwiSaver
  • Health insurance plan
  • Team events
  • Firm sports teams
  • Ongoing training and support
  • Opportunities to join clubs and committees

After you complete your law degree and before you can be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and hold a current practising certificate, you must complete a Professional Legal Studies Course, also known as profs.

As a Chapman Tripp law clerk, we cover the cost of profs and pay your full salary while you’re completing the course.