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A unique summer clerk experience

Our summer clerk programme helps you kick-start your legal career at one of New Zealand’s top tier law firms.  You will not only gain great experience working alongside some of the best lawyers in the business, but will also see why our culture sets us apart.  We are also the only top tier firm with a truly international presence.

As a summer clerk, you will work in two teams and have the opportunity to get to know different people and practice areas of the firm.  You’ll also have a buddy and a supervising Partner to help support and guide you along the way. Our summer clerks are an important part of the team in our Auckland and Wellington offices – helping out on major deals, being involved in court cases, going to client meetings, attending team training and taking part in firm functions.  A number of our summer clerks also experience a week’s client secondment during their time with us.


Getting the most out of your summer

From the minute you join us we are committed to helping you grow and succeed in your legal career.  In week one you’ll enjoy getting to know each other and the firm through our comprehensive induction programme – a mix of training workshops, team building and social activities.

Throughout the 12 week summer we provide a tailored learning programme including formalised workshops and on-the-job training.  We want you to experience what it’s really like to be a lawyer in a top tier firm.  This means giving you real work opportunities and including you in every aspect of the top quality legal work we do. This experience could include attending mediations or observing ground-breaking commercial deals as they unfold.

Giving back to the community is also a big part of our culture and we encourage all our people to get involved in our community investment programme which is both interesting and rewarding.

I have loved coming into work every day at Minters over this summer.  Everyone in the firm has been welcoming and friendly, and made me feel like a valued member of the team.

Anna Percy, 2017/18 Summer Clerk

Paid positions with benefits galore

Our summer clerks are offered the best package around.  You will get a competitive salary, three weeks’ paid leave over Christmas and New Year, a clothing allowance to help you look sharp and relocation costs if you are not from Auckland or Wellington.

You’re joining our team for the summer so you’ll enjoy all of our staff benefits including free morning teas, the opportunity to join social sports teams, an action packed Social Club calendar, casual Fridays and being involved in the annual Summer Clerk Cabaret.


Minters’ culture is second to none.  Despite its fast paced environment and challenging work it is clear that, above all, the firm has a strong commitment to being the best law firm to work for.

Georgie Crawford, 2017/18 Summer Clerk

Important details and dates

Our summer clerk programme is aimed at law students who have a passion for excellence and have only one year left at university, as they are considered first when offering law clerk positions for the following year.  Law students can apply for our summer clerk programme in March of their penultimate year of study. Occasionally we may offer positions to students earlier in their studies.

15 March: Applications open
5 April (12pm):  Applications close
April and May: Interviews
17 May: Offers made
November: Summer clerk programme starts
February: Summer clerk programme ends

Applications for 2018/19 Summer Clerk positions have now closed.


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