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. 
You will rotate through two teams in either our Auckland or Wellington offices where you will be involved in real work with our lawyers. The first team placement will be from November to December and the second from January to February. You will 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.

If you're hoping to start your career at Russell McVeagh, we highly recommend applying for a summer clerkship.


  • Sign-on bonus to cover clothing and other expenses that help you settle into the summer;
  • Relocation allowance if transferring cities;
  • Three weeks paid holiday over Christmas;
  • Exposure to real work;
  • Training and development programme;
  • You are assigned a buddy, senior support and receive support from your supervising partner; and
  • An opportunity to do volunteer and pro bono work.


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.

What our past summer clerks say

"My summer clerkship gave me a valuable insight into what life beyond study held and how I could utilise my education to facilitate action in the real world."

"The highlight of my summer clerkship was working alongside some of the best minds in the game and assisting some of the best clients in the industry."

"Summer clerking was a great way to meet and socialise with like-minded people from across the country, while at the same time gaining a valuable insight into the type of work each practice group at the firm does day-to-day."

"The support I received from my team and buddy during my summer clerkship with Russell McVeagh was invaluable. It was incredible how much they helped develop my personal and legal skills over such a short period of time."

Get in Touch

For more information please email our Recruitment team.