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Auckland Council Graduate Programme 2022 - Legal services

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Government, Law


3 weeks ago

Application Open

24th Mar 2021 12:00pm

Application Close

8th Apr 2021 11:55pm

  • Launch your career as a Legal Services Graduate with Auckland Council
  • Endless possibilities to shape your future and make a difference in the lives of Aucklanders
  • Provide independent, well-informed legal advice to support Auckland Council achieve its vision.
“Auckland Council is a large organisation which exists to serve the people of Auckland. The legal team is one of the biggest in-house legal teams in the country. We have won awards for our professional work and are proud of the great work we do while making sure we enjoy life, family and all the benefits Auckland has to offer!” Helen Wild, General Counsel.
Endless possibilities for a graduate like you at Auckland Council 


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

The Auckland Council Legal Services Department -Ngā Ratonga Ture  touches on most areas of New Zealand law, so whatever you’re interested in, you could have a chance to be involved in it.  We have created a fun and supportive environment where you will be able to work alongside talented, committed lawyers to provide legal advice on a wide range of issues affecting Aucklanders.   
You will assist 40+ lawyers in the various Legal teams across a range of matters, such as:
  • Managing and providing strategic advice on significant and complex litigation or alternative dispute resolution, including Auckland Council’s prosecutions, RMA matters, debt recovery, civil litigation, leaky buildings and judicial review.  You will have the opportunity to observe in court or attend mediations on some of the matters you have been working on.
  • Advising and working on commercial and property law issues for Auckland Council and CCO projects, including advising on contracts, acquisitions and disposals, leasing and procurement.  You will have the opportunity to review and draft contracts and other legal documents.   
  • Advising on environmental, resource management and development matters.  We are involved with appeals of Auckland Council decisions, enforcement and compliance issues, and we also support Auckland Council’s development projects.  You will have the opportunity to work closely with our colleagues who are experts in a range of environmental and resource management fields.
  • Advising on and supporting Auckland Council decision-making processes on a wide range of interesting and challenging issues, including bylaws, financial planning, Auckland Council and local government legislation, and law change.  You will have the opportunity to attend governing body and local boards meetings to see elected members make decisions on some of the matters you have been working on.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Our Graduate Programme aims to provide you with the opportunities and support you need to launch your career and develop as a future leader or specialist within Auckland Council.  With over 80 areas of business and the chance to work on large-scale projects, we want to see you achieve your goals while making a real difference to the lives of Aucklanders.    

As part of the graduate programme, you’ll also be supported in securing a permanent role within Council at the end of your programme.  

You’ll be supported every step of the way with a support team who want you to succeed including a mentor, graduate liaison, and graduate network.  The graduate programme is typically made up of rotations across a number of business areas, giving you accelerated learning and development, all whilst helping to make Auckland a world-class city.   


He kōrero mōu: About you

We welcome applications from graduates in the following discipline:
  • New Zealand accredited tertiary qualification in Law
  • Enrolment in or completion of Professionals course for Admission to the Bar.
To apply you must:
  • Be eligible to work in New Zealand, or eligible to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa
  • Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree or Master’s qualification obtained in the last 2 years, between January 2019 and January 2022, or be a current student and graduating before the start of the 2022 programme

To find out more about our programme, please visit www.endlesspossibilities.co.nz 
Applications for Auckland Council’s Legal Graduate Programme close at 11:59pm on 8 April, 2021  

If you are passionate about providing independent, well-informed legal advice to support our vision of becoming a world-class city, apply now!

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.