Opportunity for Summer Clerks for the 2018-2019 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 2018 - 2019 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:

"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".


"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."


Applications have now closed.

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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.