Russell McVeagh was the first law firm in New Zealand to recognise talent and achievements of young people through a dedicated scholarship programme. Every year a limited number of scholarships are awarded to law students across the country.

Through this programme we provide financial support, pastoral care, mentorship and a great network of young and experienced professionals to lean on, especially when making big career decisions while at law school. As a scholar at Russell McVeagh you will:

  • Receive $2,000 a year to go towards the study costs of your law degree;
  • Have a mentor and a buddy to provide you with support, guidance and practical help during your time at law school;
  • Have the opportunity to summer clerk in our Auckland or Wellington office in your penultimate year of study;
  • Be connected with other Russell McVeagh scholars at law schools across the country; and
  • Be invited to various Russell McVeagh functions, including catch up events throughout the year.

Applications for 2023 Russell McVeagh scholarships will open in March 2023.

We are looking for students with a strong interest in commercial law, who have drive and ambition, and who share our values of Respect, Curiosity, Excellence and Tenacity.

What our past scholars say:

"The scholarship programme was a great support network throughout university. It was great to meet fellow scholars throughout my degree and wonderful to build up relationships with senior leaders of the firm from the beginning. Further, the financial support relieved pressure, allowing me to focus on my studies."

"The scholarship programme provides great insight to life at a commercial law firm, before getting started. It provides pastoral support, mentorship and an experienced network to lean on, especially when making big career decisions while at law school. I felt like I had a strong relationship with the firm before beginning full time work, and this made the transition from university that much easier."

"I would recommend the scholarship programme to anyone looking for a practical view into the realities of legal work. The scholarship programme provides the insight that law school doesn't."

Get in touch

For more information please email our recruitment team.