Be the best in the business

MinterEllisonRuddWatts seeks the very best law graduates to join our firm as law clerks in January (or July) each year. While a number will have interned or summer clerked with us previously, we also look for well-rounded graduates who have excelled in their law degree and have a passion to be the best in the business.

Joining our team in either Auckland or Wellington, you will get the vital building blocks for launching your career while working alongside internationally recognised lawyers. You will be advising on some of the country’s most challenging and interesting legal work, while enjoying a unique team culture that sets our firm apart.

I chose MinterEllisonRuddWatts because of the culture and it absolutely delivered. The friendly, laid back culture really puts you at ease and makes you feel comfortable being yourself.

Ben Bowley-Drinnan, 2019 Intern and 2019/20 Summer Clerk

Game changing development programme

Our comprehensive and supportive graduate development programme helps you transition from law student to legal professional. Our law clerks receive:

  • a two-year graduate focused professional development programme
  • division based training focused on technical areas of expertise
  • a buddy and supervising partner to support and mentor
  • access to world-class resources
  • secondment opportunities with clients and our international offices
  • a wellbeing programme
  • access to our award winning mentor programme offering support to build professional networks

During my time as both an intern and summer clerk, I have enjoyed working on some exciting transactions, but for me, hands down, it’s the culture which really makes working at MinterEllisonRuddWatts a great experience.

Phillipa Lamberton, 2019 Intern and 2019/20 Summer Clerk

Great package and benefits

We strive to be the firm of choice for leading clients and exceptional people. To deliver on this ambition, our firm invests in our people, involves them in great work, and offers the tools and support required for a stellar legal career.

When law clerking at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, you benefit from a focussed graduate development programme, great work experience, and a unique team culture which includes many social activities including sports and local events.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts offers market competitive salaries. We also help our people fulfil their personal ambitions to compete in overseas legal competitions or undertake post-graduate study.

I have drafted wills, prepared letters and documents for clients, attended client meetings, and gave a presentation to the team on upcoming changes to the law. Being trusted to do the work was pretty cool.

Penny O’Brien, 2019/20 Summer Clerk

Becoming a solicitor

After graduating from law school, the next exciting step is being admitted. We make this easy for you by organising your Professionals course and admission, and covering all costs.

We’ll take care of all the details and, on the day of your admission, organise a firm function to celebrate this important career milestone with your friends and whanau.

Applications for 2021 Law Clerk positions are now closed!


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