If you’re planning a career in law, a Russell McVeagh School Leavers’ Scholarship or University Law Scholarship will place you a step ahead of your peers, and provide you with the tools you need for a very successful career in law.

Our scholarships offer

At Russell McVeagh, we believe that young talent should be nurtured right from the start and were the first law firm to recognise student talent and achievement through a dedicated scholarship programme. Our scholarship offers the following fantastic benefits to give you a head start in your career:

  • Financial assistance to help with the study costs of your law degree at a New Zealand university:
    • $1,000 for your first year of university (School Leaver Scholars only).
    • $2,000 in the following years (up to a maximum of four years) once you have been accepted into law school.
  • $6,000 additional payment if you join Russell McVeagh as a graduate.
  • The opportunity to have a work experience day at Russell McVeagh during your scholarship.
  • A Russell McVeagh solicitor or partner as your mentor – to provide support, guidance and practical help throughout your time at law school.
  • The opportunity to summer clerk at Russell McVeagh in your penultimate year of study.
  • Invitations to numerous social and work-related events throughout the year.

To apply

To apply you’ll need to complete our online application form. The online application form will be available on our website from 3 July 2017.

In addition you'll need to attach:

  • A cover letter outlining why you are an ideal candidate for a Russell McVeagh Scholarship.
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • A copy of your academic records to date – school transcripts for those applying for the School Leavers’ Scholarship and both school and university transcripts for those applying for the University Scholarship.*
  • A school testimonial (School Leavers’ Scholarship applicants only).
  • References – one for School Leavers’ Scholarship applicants and two for University Scholarship applicants.**
  • A quality passport-size photo (optional).

The fine print

To apply for the Russell McVeagh School Leavers’ Scholarship, applicants must be in their final secondary school year with the intention of studying law at a New Zealand university.

All scholarship winners must be enrolled at and retain a place at a New Zealand university law school, maintain good grades acceptable to Russell McVeagh and not accept a conflicting scholarship.

* if you are applying for a University Scholarship and cannot locate your school academic transcripts, please contact our recruitment team.

** a reference can be academic, personal, employment or school references.  If you have any questions about references, please contact our recruitment team.

What we’re looking for

If you are a driven, all-round achiever with an interest in commercial law, a Russell McVeagh Scholarship will place you a step ahead of your peers and provide you with the tools you need for a very successful career in law.  We are looking for:

  • All-round achievers with impressive academic results.
  • High levels of drive, enthusiasm, integrity and commitment.
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, alongside the ability to relate well to others.
  • The desire to be the very best in your chosen career of law.

If that sounds like you, we think you’ll be a great fit with us.