Summer Clerkships

Summer clerkships are an amazing way to gain real work experience in commercial law. At Russell McVeagh, our clerkships are designed to give you as much experience as possible during your summer. We offer a fantastic induction programme, ongoing training, a buddy to show you the ropes and make sure you're settling in, as well as regular catch ups with the HR team and an appraisal at the end of the summer. 
You will be placed in two teams in either our Auckland or Wellington offices where you will be involved in real work with our lawyers. You'll have the chance to be heavily involved in interesting work, transactions, cases and client meetings, plus firm-wide trainings and briefings. You'll also be involved in a range of social and charity initiatives across the summer.
Our summer clerkship programme is open to students in their penultimate year of study. Many of our past summer clerks join us as law clerks once they've completed their studies. If you're hoping to start your career at Russell McVeagh, we highly recommend applying for a summer clerkship.
What our past summer clerks say:

"Russell McVeagh is such an awesome place to work! The biggest stand out is the people. The firm is full of such great people and they have been so kind to us in our time here. Everyone's team was different but great in its own way."

– 2020 Summer Clerk

Law Clerkships

Our law clerkship is a fantastic opportunity for students who have graduated and are ready to begin their careers at our leading commercial law firm.
You can apply to work in either our Auckland or Wellington offices where you will be offered our full support during your first year. We provide a fantastic induction and training programme, mentoring, learning and development opportunities, a work buddy, and the chance to get involved in Firm initiatives. You could join one of our diversity and inclusion committees, volunteer at a community law centre or get involved in Homework Club helping primary school students out with their studies.
We're proud to say that a law clerkship at Russell McVeagh has been the starting point for many brilliant careers. The experience and training we provide is internationally recognised - many of our people have chosen to work overseas at some of the world's top firms, before returning to Russell McVeagh. Beginning your career at Russell McVeagh is a fantastic opportunity to gain real experience and make your mark on the world.
What our law clerks say:

"The best part of the law clerkship programme at Russell McVeagh was the opportunity to work on the most cutting edge legal issues alongside some of New Zealand's foremost legal minds in their respective fields."

"Being a law clerk offers you the unique experience of getting involved in a large variety of work alongside 20 or so like-minded friends. I enjoyed the opportunity of starting my career in this supportive, collaborative and social environment."

"One of the best parts about the law clerkship has been simultaneously having a good deal of trust and responsibility placed on us and our abilities, while always feeling supported and encouraged."

"My favourite part of the law clerkship programme was the extensive training and development programmes offered by the firm. This included panel discussions with junior solicitors giving honest and practical advice for starting out in the firm, mental health workshops and lunchtime yoga sessions, fortnightly trainings on developments in the law, and a one-on-one coaching programmes for our personal development. The opportunities for personal growth in this firm are unparalleled.

Get in touch

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Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarship Applications Open

September 2021
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September 2021
Scholarship Interviews

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October 2021