Simpson Grierson

Welcome/Kia Ora

At Simpson Grierson, we pride ourselves on being a firm of specialists and innovators. We work with many of New Zealand's blue-chip companies and government organizations. Our clients are building New Zealand's future – our job is to find smart, innovative, forward-looking people to turn their goals into reality. Sound like you?

We are on a mission to help bring New Zealand into the future: we are embracing digital transformation; we work on some of the biggest deals in New Zealand, and we are incredibly client orientated.

You'll no doubt want an idea of what a summer clerkship at Simpson Grierson looks like. From day one you will be involved in real work with real clients, and you will find yourself working with some of the most respected lawyers in New Zealand on major projects.

We offer summer clerkships and graduate programs across our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices. When you apply, please select the option that is most applicable to you.

Areas of Expertise

Simpson Grierson is structured around four different departments:
Banking and Finance
Corporate and Commercial
Litigation
Resources and Infrastructure
Within each department, we specialize in a range of areas of law.

Maximize your knowledge

Kick start your career by taking advantage of our exceptional professional development program.

Join lawyers from across the firm in our wide range of masterclasses, seminars, and workshops on topical and tricky legal issues. We help you fulfill your potential by delivering comprehensive training sessions which will allow you to deep dive into areas of law you never knew existed and hear how our experts navigate those areas.

As well as the technical legal training, summer clerking also involves a ton of training in technology, personal brand, business writing, file management, and other business skills you’ll need when you enter the workforce.

People like you

We believe it’s easier to get a grasp of the Simpson Grierson experience through the eyes of our people. Here’s what our most recent summer clerks have to say about their experience.

“Simpson Grierson is a progressive firm that walks the talk when it comes to diversity, and provided us exceptional opportunities to learn and flourish; leaving me feeling valued, included, and inspired.”
PRIYA PRAKASH | Summer Clerk
“I felt very lucky to be part of Simpson Grierson - a truly welcoming and friendly workplace that provides you with great exposure to interesting and rewarding work.”
OSCAR CRICHTON | Summer Clerk
“Summer clerking at Simpson Grierson has been a positive and engaging experience from start to finish. It is refreshing to be part of an environment where you are challenged to grow but supported wholeheartedly throughout.”
PEMA GYELTSHEN | Summer Clerk
"Simpson Grierson has a strong focus on pro bono work. This is a testament to the way they help people from all walks of life, always striving to put them first. My summer clerkship at Simpson Grierson has been invaluable and has given me an insight into what working in the legal profession entails."
HARRISON DOWLING | Summer Clerk

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Available Positions

Diversity and Inclusion

We are very well known for our commitment to enhancing our diversity, inclusion and belonging.

We take pride in being the first organisation in Aotearoa to be awarded the Rainbow Tick and are very proud of winning the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year award at the 2021 New Zealand Law Awards.

We want Simpson Grierson to be a place where everyone feels their voices matter, their opinions are respected, and they truly belong.

We encourage you to bring your whole self to work as we believe that diversity enhances our business. Diversity is important because it brings new ideas and perspectives into an organisation. It increases innovation and creativity, leading to effective problem solving and better outcomes for all.

Having a diverse organisation alone is not enough. We are also focused on ensuring we have an inclusive environment, where all of our people feel a sense of belonging and are comfortable sharing their ideas and perspectives.

The Summer Clerk Experience

Discover your passion and follow your intellectual curiosity! As a summer clerk, you will rotate through two different teams, one before Christmas and one after. We try our best to place you in the teams that you're interested in. This will allow you to explore the practice areas that you're curious about.

Requirements

If you’re in your penultimate year of Law School, you’re eligible to apply for a summer clerkship at Simpson Grierson. Applications open in March each year and you get to choose whether you want to apply to our Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch office. If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate and apply now!

Why is Simpson Grierson different?

When you join as a graduate at Simpson Grierson, you will commence late February and will spend the first three months completing your professional legal studies (profs) until April. Following this, you will begin your graduate experience in one of our amazing teams!

We know that starting a new job is not easy. Because of this, we will assign you a graduate as a buddy. They will show you the ropes and give you inside knowledge as to how our firm works. The experience wouldn’t be complete without some sort of mentorship. As well as your buddy, one of our senior lawyers will act as your supervisor. This person will help you to understand the nature of the work and will coach you through your time during your graduate year.

We give you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed in your profession and you will have access to our professional development program.

The Graduate Experience

Elevate your skills and watch your legal future become a reality!

When you come back as a Simpson Grierson graduate you will be placed into a team following the completion of your professional courses studies. We try our hardest to place you in the teams that you’re passionate about.

Our People and Culture team will coach and guide you to take a risk, try something new and ultimately find the best fit for you.

Becoming a lawyer

At Simpson Grierson, we know that you take your career seriously so we have a wide network of people to support you at the start of your career.

We have a very comprehensive two-year training program which has been described externally as 'leaps ahead' of our competition. We can help you be the best you can be.

Training will include enrolling you in your “Professional Studies”, the firm will support you while you complete this last part of your academic requirements in order to be admitted to The Bar.