*Applications for Chapman Tripp's clerkships have now closed.
It’s never too early to think about where your law degree will take you. We know degrees differ in structure, but here is a snapshot of how our winter and summer clerk programmes could fit into your time at university and more importantly, how we can help set you on a successful career path. We've used the example of a law student studying a conjoint degree that would take five years to complete:
You can fast track your way onto our summer clerk programme by becoming a Chapman Tripp winter clerk.
We take on around 14 winter clerks each year across our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices. It’s a great opportunity to figure out if working in a corporate law firm is for you. More importantly, at the end of the programme, our 2019 winter clerks may be invited back to join our 2020/21 summer clerk programme.
Over the course of the week-long programme, our winter clerks undertake real work, attend a team building retreat with their buddies, participate in training sessions, enjoy social events (e.g. sports events, volunteering, lunches or team building activities such as cooking classes) and experience life at the firm. Our winter clerks are teamed up with a buddy and a supervisor to make sure they have all the support they need. And if you're out-of-town, we'll fly you to one of our offices and cover your accommodation for the week!
Our 13-week summer clerk programme is a great way for students to immerse themselves in life at Chapman Tripp, build working relationships, receive great training and most of all, get involved in real work.
We keep our intake to around 25-30 summer clerks across our three offices, and we don’t take on more summer clerks than we have law clerk positions to offer. That means our summer clerks don’t compete and they have the opportunity to get stuck into meaningful work.
Our summer clerks rotate through two teams. We will offer you lots of opportunities to find out about all of the teams at Chapman Tripp throughout the recruitment process so that you can make informed choices when we ask you for your team preferences.
Our programme is much more than just legal work. Our summer clerks get involved in volunteer work, meet clients and have a number of firm and summer clerk social events to attend (from team sports to gourmet ice-cream tasting to paddle boarding out on the harbor!).
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 to get 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 classroom-based course, which we helped develop, focuses on the common types of work our law clerks do.
The course is full-time, so our law clerks don’t need to juggle work and study. At the end of Profs, our law clerks join us full-time in the office, in early May.
Throughout the 13 week programme, our law clerks spend time with their teams by attending training sessions and team events. After Profs, our law clerks attend our in-house weekly technical training sessions and relevant skills modules, such as our plain English writing course.