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Your Career as a Graduate

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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. 

Winter Clerkship 

We take on approximately 14 winter clerks each year across our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices. It’s a great opportunity to experience life at Chapman Tripp and figure out if working in a corporate law firm is for you. At the end of the programme, our 2020 winter clerks may be invited back to join our 2021/2022 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 such as sports events, volunteering and lunches, and get a feel for our 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!



Summer Clerkship

Our 13-week summer clerk programme is a great way for students to immerse themselves in life at Chapman Tripp. 
 
They build working relationships, receive great training and most of all, get involved in in-depth, meaningful work.
 
We keep our intake to approximately 25-30 summer clerks across our three offices, ensuring that we don’t take on more summer clerks than we have law clerk positions to offer. This means our summer clerks all have the opportunity to be offered a law clerk position.
 
Our summer clerks rotate through two teams over the course of their clerkship. Before the programme begins, we hold a team information day so that our summer clerks have all of the details they need to make an informed decision about their rotation preferences.

While our summer clerks are busy getting stuck into the work and meeting clients, we also provide some fun experiences along the way, including volunteer work and a number of firm and summer clerk social events – from team sports nights and dinners to an orientation day, which this year included a day of zip-lining on Waiheke Island and sunrise yoga up the Sky Tower!

Law Clerkship

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.