Opportunity for Summer Clerks for the 2017-2018 Summer

We're looking for outstanding summer clerks in their penultimate year of study to work on top commercial dispute and public law work for some of New Zealand's leading businesses over the 2017 - 2018 summer.

Wilson Harle is recognised as a leading New Zealand dispute resolution practice. Our speciality is commercial litigation which we practise across many areas of law and commerce so your work with us will be varied and interesting. For example, you could be working on defamation cases, public and regulatory law, maritime law, competition law, contract disputes, negligence and complex criminal cases.

At Wilson Harle, you’ll be working directly alongside the partners who have appeared as counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of New Zealand and the Privy Council.

We’re passionate about our work and about developing New Zealand’s next top litigation lawyers. Our lawyers are exposed to a wide variety of challenging legal work, enabling them to learn quickly. Enjoy one-on-one mentoring and training in a collegial and collaborative environment, develop quickly and have fun!

We are looking for people who exhibit the following characteristics which we think will enable them to develop into excellent litigators:

  • outstanding analytical and conceptual reasoning skills
  • strong intellect and intellectual curiosity
  • willingness to learn, including about yourself
  • integrity, courage and resilience
  • enthusiasm for working collaboratively
  • confidence to express ideas and ability to communicate them clearly and convincingly
  • capacity and desire to form quality and lasting relationships
  • a desire to build a successful career in litigation practice

Testimonials from our Summer Clerks:

"Summer clerking at Wilson Harle was a great opportunity to experience what life at a litigation firm is like. I had the chance to work on a wide range of cases, involving commercial disputes, insurance, and public and regulatory law. It was rewarding to see work I had done assisting clients or being used in court submissions.

Working at a smaller firm means you get to know everyone in the office, and the inclusive and friendly culture at Wilson Harle meant I felt part of the team very quickly. The open-plan layout also made it easy to discuss tasks. Lawyers at every level of the firm were happy to take time to provide feedback or give advice – by the end of the summer I had learned a lot about what is involved in bringing a case to court."


"I found summer clerking at Wilson Harle to be a unique and valuable experience. Working across a spectrum of legal issues with practitioners who are leading their fields of work you get hands on experience immediately. I found I was given a lot of independence with additional guidance and support to continue developing a range of legal skills. The firm works seamlessly together to offer an environment of enrichment and collaboration."


Applications open: 16 March 2017
Applications close: 30 March 2017

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N.B.  Only applications from students currently in their penultimate year of study will be considered for summer clerk positions. Our summer clerks are immediately immersed in legal work and we believe students require as much time as possible at law school to enable them to cope with and enjoy the real work experience in our firm.