Summer Clerk Programme

Real world experience, focused on you and your future

Summer Clerk Programme

Real world experience, focused on you and your future

Our Summer Clerk programme is a great way to experience a range of legal expertise under expert mentorship.

We offer Summer Clerkship opportunities across our main branches: Invercargill, Queenstown, Alexandra and Winton. It is a great opportunity to get practical and relevant experience. Being a large firm, our summer clerks have the unique opportunity of being able to experience a range of legal expertise during their time at AWS Legal. 

About the Role

This is your opportunity to experience real legal work in the largest law firm in Southland. Ideally, you’ll have the option of working in at least two different team during your time with the firm, to give you a flavour of two contrasting areas of legal practice. Examples of the work you’ll be exposed to are:

  •  Assisting in drafting legal documents (such as Agreements for Sale and Purchase, loan documentation, settlement statements etc.);
  •  Conduction legal research;
  • Compiling Legal information and documentation;
  •  Assisting with administration duties;
  • Maintaining files;
  • Learning about billing, reconciliation of client ledgers and filing to assist authors

Are you the right fit?

We are looking for those who:

  • Currently completing a LLB
  • Highly organised with excellent time management skills including the ability to re-prioritise
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High level of computer literacy with advanced use of Word.
  • Detail orientated yet able to appreciate the big picture
  • Calm and reliable under pressure
  • Friendly and courteous, and works well within a team
  • Proactive and self-motivated, demonstrates initiative


  • Placement into two different teams
  • Great training
  • Client visits and meetings
  • Supervisor, buddy, coach
  • Firm and team social events
  • An opportunity to be offered a law clerkship

For students going in to your third year of study we offer applications to the Stephen Whiteland Memorial Scholarship to help with your studies.

Learn from the best

Our AWS Legal team has 12 partners across all our branches. Each partner has specialised experience in one of our core practice areas, which are;

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Property Development
  • Private Client and Trusts
  • Rural and Agribusiness
  • Employment
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Key Dates

  • 21 March 2022 – Applications open
  • 31 July 2022 – Applications Close
  • August 2022 – Interviews and offers
  • November 2022 – Summer Clerk 2022 intake begins

Apply now!

To apply for a summer clerkship, contact Sheena Naughton, People and Capability Manager at