Internships and summer clerking programmes have become increasingly significant for law firms and have more recently been used also by the Government Legal Network and the Public Defence Service also.
All the major firms make summer clerk offers on the 18th of May. No offers can be made before this time. Once you’ve received your offer, you will need to weigh up your options
We will be updating information regarding programmes here regularly.
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Bell Gully’s summer clerk programme is designed like most other major firms to provide an introduction to the firm’s culture and business. The firm provides a ‘buddy’ to join interns and show them how the firm operates, being a junior lawyer, as well as supporters in each of the firm’s departments.
Applications for the 2017/18 programme opened on March 31.
Chapman Tripp runs a 13-week summer clerk programme, taking in around 25-30 summer clerks across the firm’s three offices (including those coming through from the winter clerk programme that the firm also operates).
The firm doesn’t take more summer clerks than it has law clerk positions to offer, which creates an ideal opportunity to engage in real legal work and to find out more about the nature and culture of the firm.
Applications for the 2017/18 programme run from March 16-March 31.
Public Defence Service
The PDS Junior Lawyer Certification Programme is a formal training programme for junior lawyers and the training modules are specific to junior lawyer case work. Our junior lawyers receive high quality and practical mentoring and coaching from senior criminal defence lawyers.