The game has changed

Our intern, summer clerk and graduate programmes are critical to our firm’s success. Our graduates are an important part of our firm’s future. We know that graduates launching their careers today have unique expectations – and we have listened.

The legal landscape is changing, fast. We have invested in AI and are embracing the changes. We need agility to continue to grow and allow our talented people to future proof their careers.

The market has also changed. Companies don’t recognise borders the same way they used to, and neither should your career. With our firm’s extensive and unparalleled global network, we are best placed to meet these demands.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is incredibly welcoming towards its summer clerks. In both rotations, I was given the opportunity to get involved in major transactions. I learnt a lot during the clerkship, and I felt that my colleagues really spurred on my curiosity – I was always encouraged to ask questions.

Brayden Print, 2020/2021 Summer Clerk

A flexible and future focused summer clerk programme


We work closely with candidates to identify areas of the law they are passionate about. Our goal is to ensure all participants gain broad experiences over summer in practice areas within our five divisions – matching their interests and their career goals.


Successful candidates get the opportunity to experience real life work during their summer clerkship, and are provided with a supervising partner and a buddy (who is a junior lawyer). The programme begins with a fast-track induction into law and our firm, giving you all the tools you need for a successful summer with us. We will offer you challenging and exciting work, support and mentorship, as well as many opportunities for professional and personal growth – all while you are developing new networks and friendships.

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.


Our law clerk programme is designed to be flexible to suit the individual, their level of experience, and their career aspirations. MinterEllisonRuddWatts summer clerks can fast-track their full time career in five core practice areas – aligning with their career objectives.

Are you a game changer?

At MinterEllisonRuddWatts we are not looking for people to fit a mould. Academics are just one piece of the puzzle, and we recognise the strength that diversity brings to a team. Work experience, extra-curricular activities, sporting participation, music and travel are all important criteria to us. We want you to bring your whole self to work – individual strengths and diversity is what builds our teams to achieve the successes they do.

For our firm, an outstanding applicant will know their application inside and out and be confident in their responses. They need to have considered their own business acumen and be able to provide real life examples to the questions throughout the application process.

A strong applicant has a desire to get to know our business and our people – why they are there, and what they think they will enjoy about working at MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Cultural fit is an important element in deciding on a career path for both the applicant and our firm.

We would love to hear from you if:

  • your passion for excellence leads you to winning solutions
  • building relationships excites you, and you see yourself partnering with clients to truly understand their needs
  • you’re looking for a firm with a clear, and future focused, strategy
  • you want to feel empowered and be part of a high performing team
  • collaboration and inclusiveness are principles you value
  • you’re a game changer – you think outside the box and are keen to embrace new ideas

Every single person in the firm is welcoming, supportive and incredibly friendly. By my second week of summer clerking, I felt right at home!

Nicola Whiteman, 2020/2021 Summer Clerk

Important information

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.

Applications open: 11 March 2021 at 12pm

Applications close: 29 March 2021 at 12pm

Interviews: April and May 2021

Summer clerk programme starts: November 2021

Summer clerk programme ends: February 2022

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is a great place to work because everyone is so helpful and driven. Everyone tried to make our time at the firm as interesting and rewarding as possible, which was inspiring and really encouraged me to learn and grow as a person.

Siobhan Pike, 2020/2021 Summer Clerk

Applications for Summer Clerk positions are now closed


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