Opportunity for Summer Clerks for the 2019-2020 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 2019 - 2020 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

Applications Close:  Sunday 24th March 2019 at 5pm.


Testimonials from our Summer Clerks:

"My summer at Wilson Harle surpassed all my (high) expectations. The people were wonderful, the work was varied, complex and high profile, and the culture within the firm was supportive, progressive and operates under a “one team” philosophy. From my first day I was entrusted to research challenging legal points. Every time I was given a new task, the supervising partner or solicitor would take the time to explain the ins and outs of the matter to me. After finishing researching a point of law, they would be genuinely interested in my professional opinion. Aside from the interesting work, there were many fun social events throughout the summer.

Wilson Harle’s recruitment process is rigorous and highly selective. Rather than being one of 20, Wilson Harle recruits only one or two summer clerks. This meant I was conducting real legal work from the first day and was included in all aspects of the firm. This is exemplified by the fact that on my second day I was invited to go with the firm to the New Zealand Law Awards. There, I was able to see Wilson Harle win, for the fifth year in a row, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Firm of the Year. It was at that moment that I knew I was not going to be treated as “just another summer clerk”, rather I was a valued member of the firm."

Rosa (2018-2019)

"Clerking at Wilson Harle has been a very intellectually stimulating experience. Unlike larger law firms, Wilson Harle doesn’t shy away from making you do real, hands-on legal work. The firm is also non-hierarchical: with each new task you may find yourself working with a different partner or solicitor on something entirely new. All in all – working at New Zealand’s foremost litigation firm has given me a thorough, first-hand understanding of the legal processes that underlies disputes and their resolution in the real world".

Brandon (2017-2018)

"I had a highly rewarding learning experience as a summer clerk at Wilson Harle. I was involved with many high profile, intellectually stimulating and factually interesting legal cases delegated from a variable cross section of the firm in different capacities. It was awesome being able to experience hands on litigation by witnessing strategy being formulated and being included in the discussion of facts and bouncing back of ideas."

Taotao (2017-2018)

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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.