Each year in March we open a 2-week Summer Clerk application process. We take between 12-16 Summer Clerks each year.
Areas of expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Property & Private Client, Environment, planning & natural resources, Litigation and Employment.
Staff: 29 partners, over 170 staff
Contact: People & Culture Team
Opportunities for students
Our Summer Clerks are important to us and we hope that they will stay with us to begin their legal career as a Law Clerk. Summer Clerks usually join us during their third, penultimate or final year at university and we only take on as many Summer Clerks as we need for graduate positions. We put a lot of effort in to ensuring that Summer Clerks learn a lot and have a fun and enjoyable experience.
Anderson Lloyd at a glance:
How many students do you take in your programme(s) each year?
We take between 12-16 Summer Clerks each year, across all four offices.
When do you typically hire students for your programme(s)?
Applications for our Summer Clerk programme open in March with contracts typically going out in May. We hold a two-day induction programme for our Summer Clerks and new Graduates in November, before they start their journey with us.
Do you do rotations? How many rotations?
Yes, we offer two rotations for our Summer Clerks (pre/post-Christmas). However, we take the lead from what experiences our Summer Clerks wish to take, with some Summer Clerks staying in their original rotation.
About the firm
Anderson Lloyd has 29 partners and over 170 staff. Being located in four key economic centres enables Anderson Lloyd to bring local knowledge as well as a national team to any situation.
We are the first large law firm to earn Toitū net carbonzero accreditation and we are a certified Living Wage Employer. We are regularly named as an NZLawyer 5-Star Employer of Choice and have recently been awarded the Rainbow Tick.
Anderson Lloyd succeeds thanks to the quality of our people. It is our expertise and passion that has delivered great results for our clients. Our values define us and we are looking to align with like-minded people to lead the legal profession into a brighter, more sustainable future.
Working at the firm
Our clients are some of New Zealand’s leading businesses and we are involved in challenging and high-profile legal work. You will have access to first-rate resources, leading technology and will be encouraged, mentored and developed to achieve your potential. We provide a genuinely collaborative culture, with teams working across offices to ensure we deliver the best results for our clients.
However, we like to think that we can offer something a little different from other law firms. We have not lost sight of the important things. We want our people to look forward to coming to work and we openly encourage them to reach their own personal and professional goals. It’s our friendly environment, flexible work practices and our commitment to making sure that our staff are happy, healthy and enthusiastic, that really sets us apart.
We are also part of our communities. We have active sustainability programmes, which promote environmentally sound practices, encourage diversity, and form partnerships that benefit our communities. We pride ourselves on our pro-bono work and believe that providing pro-bono work is an essential element of every lawyer’s professional responsibility. Our people give their time, expertise and leadership to assist with a range of health, community, educational, environmental, heritage and recreational initiatives. Read more about our pro-bono, sponsorship, donation and sustainability initiatives in the community.
Working at Anderson Lloyd you will earn a highly competitive salary and enjoy a range of other benefits. We have active social groups and a range of regular functions in each of our offices.
Meet Jacob Penrose
Property and Private Client Lawyer, Anderson Lloyd
“I think Anderson Lloyd gives you the best of both worlds. You get all the benefits, resources and support that come with a large firm, but at the same time, the smaller offices (especially in Auckland) mean that you still maintain that collegial feel of a smaller firm.”
What kind of work have you been involved with at Anderson Lloyd?
As a Summer Clerk I was able to do two rotations, one in the property team and one in the commercial team – it was great to be able to see the work that different teams do.
Since joining the property team full time my work has been varied. The team in Auckland have a heavy focus on commercial property and I have been able to work on some pretty big deals for some big clients. At the same time, I have also been able to do some residential conveyancing work, working a lot of the time with people looking to buy their first home.
The team also specialises in forestry work, especially around the Emissions Trading Scheme and have also started doing work in the renewable energy space, through both solar and wind farm projects.
What do you enjoy most about working at Anderson Lloyd?
Probably the people and culture. From my first day as a Summer Clerk I was welcomed by everyone and immediately made to feel part of the team. Everybody is ready and willing to sit down with you, answer any questions and explain anything that you might not understand.
What has been the most challenging part of working at Anderson Lloyd?
I think making the jump from full time study to full time work is tough for everyone and it definitely took me a little while to adjust to. But like anything, after a while you get the hang of things and start to figure out how you work best.
What sets Anderson Lloyd apart from other firms?
I think Anderson Lloyd gives you the best of both worlds. You get all the benefits, resources and support that come with a large firm, but at the same time, the smaller offices (especially in Auckland) mean that you still maintain that collegial feel of a smaller firm. You actually know everybody in your team and your office by name.
What are the social opportunities like at Anderson Lloyd?
There are always social events in your calendar, from the big events such as the Christmas party or mid-winter dinner, to the weekly Friday night nibbles / drinks. Everyone is also super friendly and always keen for a chat and a coffee.
Each office also has its own traditions and events, the Auckland office for example has a strong touch rugby team that plays every Monday during the summer. We also ditch the office for the outdoors to spend a day supporting the Motutapu Restoration Trust by planting trees on Motutapu Island.
What has surprised you about working at Anderson Lloyd?
Probably the fact that I was given proper, meaningful work from the beginning. Being able to work on major deals from start to finish and interact with clients (albeit with supervision), has really helped my development early on in my career and is something I don’t think you get at some other firms.
What would your advice to students be who are wishing to apply to Anderson Lloyd?
As cliché as it may sound, just be yourself. The recruitment process can be stressful and I know that people want to show their best selves, but the process is really about firms getting to know more about you. What your interests and passions are outside of work and study are just as important as your academic achievements and work experience. Mentioning an interesting hobby or interest of yours in your cover letter will also serve you well in interviews as it allows you to talk to the interviewer about something you are passionate about.
The other thing would be to just apply. I think a lot of people don’t bother applying for some roles because they think they won’t get it. But ultimately, you’ll never know if you don’t try, so apply and at least give yourself the opportunity.