Summer clerkships

Anderson Lloyd staff are committed to our yearly summer clerk programme, and it is made to be as flexible and individual as possible. Our staff will work closely with you to ensure you receive work that will challenge and extend you while you are here. Our objective is to provide you with a worthwhile and valuable working experience that gives you a taste of what it’s like to be a lawyer working in a leading law firm.

Our summer clerk programme starts in mid-November and runs through to February.

When you start with Anderson Lloyd, you will join our two-day induction aimed at supporting you with your transition from university. You will be assigned a buddy, who will be your guide and helper during your first few months. They will be your point of contact – someone you will always be able to approach, whenever you need them, regardless of how complex (or simple) your question.

During the summer, you will be assigned to two teams, giving you the chance to try different areas of law. Supervising partners in each team will help guide you as you take on the challenges thrown your way.

We believe strongly in teamwork and a team environment. All our lawyers are split into teams within specialist departments of the firm, enabling you to develop rapidly in a non-hierarchical setting, while receiving guidance and encouragement from those around you.

Each team has a team leader, responsible for the team’s strategic direction, resourcing and day-to-day decision-making. Teams contain a mix of junior, intermediate and senior lawyers. It’s not unusual for work to be shared between teams, meaning there are ample opportunities for you to learn outside your specialist area. Partners within the team take active roles as leaders, mentors and supervisors, and will have a keen interest in your development.

In order to find the team that’s right for you, we will look at your individual strengths and interests within your legal papers, as well as your selected preferences. We will also encourage you to review your areas of interest while you’re here.

Within the team itself, you will be involved in everything from reviewing contracts and attending client interviews, to preparing memos and opinions, drafting documents, working on trusts and commercial transactions, and attending court. The work you do will be interesting, challenging, and important and, yes, on occasions, repetitive. But it will give you a realistic idea of the sort of work you can expect to be doing as you set out on your legal career. You will work hard – but you will learn a lot, and we will do our best to make it a fun and rewarding experience.

Check out what our previous summer clerks had to say about working at Anderson Lloyd. Link

Law clerks

Each year we aim to successfully convert our summer clerks into law clerks.

The focus for our law clerks is to give you the best possible start to your career as a lawyer. We provide you with work that will challenge and excite you, we will support and develop you, and we will include and collaborate with you as a valuable member of our team.

Our induction process enables you to transition smoothly in to your role. You will be introduced to the team and provided with the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our office environment, systems and procedures.

You will be aligned to a supervising partner who will be responsible for your day-to-day work, ongoing training and professional development, and health and well-being. Supervisors take an interest in both your professional development and personal development to ensure you optimise your potential.

You will work closely with team leaders who are responsible for the strategic direction, resourcing and the day-to-day decision-making of your team. Teams contain a mix of junior, intermediate and senior lawyers and associates.

The firm pays for the Professionals course fees and admission fees to the Law Society and the High Court.  Most of our law clerks complete their Professionals during their time with us. We will look to be as flexible as we can around timeframes to attend Professionals, and we will work with you and your supervisor to get the best possible outcome.

Legal training

Our aim is to make you the best lawyer you can be, so you will be fully involved in our learning and development programme, including our weekly internal Continued Legal Education (CLE) programme, NZLS seminar report back sessions, and team-specific training. You will also be strongly encouraged to attend all in-house training, as well as receiving special training that meets your own needs.

For any queries related to graduate recruitment, please contact:

Kelly Pankhurst
General Manager, Human Resources
Private Bag 1959
Dunedin 9054

Email: kelly.pankhurst@al.nz

Summer clerk profiles

Nina Harland, Auckland summer clerk 2016/2017
“I really enjoyed my time as a summer clerk in Anderson Lloyd’s Auckland office. The induction in Dunedin is a good foundation for a successful summer. The staff were extremely welcoming and throughout the summer I was involved in interesting and diverse work. Being given the opportunity to be involved in such a variety of work has been a rewarding experience, particularly when you get to see your contribution in the final product. It is a very different experience to law school, every day I am learning new skills and working at transforming what I know into a finished product. While it has been challenging, I honestly don’t think I would have had the same experience in another firm. The people working at Anderson Lloyd are welcoming and social, I enjoy the regular social events and the video calls with the other summer clerks around the country”.

Nina joined the firm as a law clerk at the Auckland office in February 2017.

 

Sarah Dysart, Auckland summer clerk 2016/2017
“I loved my time as a summer clerk at Anderson Lloyd. It was definitely a challenge moving from law school to Anderson Lloyd as there is so much to learn, but the staff here were so friendly and always willing to help. Every day I am learning new skills. There are plenty of social opportunities at Anderson Lloyd (especially over that Christmas period!) and Friday night drinks are awesome because it gives you a chance to get to know your team better outside of a work environment. Being in a smaller team at the Auckland office has been a huge advantage I believe because I was able to get my hands on more challenging and a greater variety work early on. Being able to help on projects and seeing the finished product is a very rewarding experience”.

Sarah joined the firm as a law clerk at the Auckland office in February 2017.

 

Jaime Duggan, Christchurch summer clerk 2016/2017
“I was employed as a summer clerk at the Christchurch office in 2016/2017. I specifically applied for Anderson Lloyd because I was so impressed with its progressive and forward-thinking style of business. I also cannot rave enough about AL’s welcoming and friendly atmosphere and the lovely people I got to work alongside! I was part of the commercial and property teams and from day one I felt like a valued member of each. Before starting in the office I attended induction training in Dunedin, which was a delight. It was great to meet the summer clerks from the other offices and other staff before starting to work. Once back in the Christchurch office, I was able to take on work that had real meaning like drafting leases, analysing and reporting on property titles and writing legal opinions. In addition, I was able to attend court with members of the litigation team and also sit in on professional development seminars. The social side of things was also fantastic: the summer clerks were included in meetings, invited to barbeques, we attended the Christmas party and were taken for countless coffees! It’s very clear that AL cares about its staff – we were supported, guided and encouraged throughout the entire process. All in all, the summer flew by. It was a thoroughly challenging, enjoyable and rewarding experience and I would highly recommend an Anderson Lloyd summer clerkship to any LLB student wanting a first-rate summer clerk experience”.