Students and graduates

The journey begins here.

A place to be extraordinary

Discover life at Buddle Findlay, a place to be extraordinary.

We have designed a programme that has you top of mind and will provide you with the opportunity to work with a range of clients, alongside some of New Zealand's leading legal talent.  

With a culture of mentoring and support, you will be given the tools you need to grow and succeed. 

Summer clerk journey

What makes our programme unique is the focus we have on you.  

You will join a small group of talented students who will be employed in one of our three offices, over the summer, in your penultimate year.  We believe having a small group gives you the best opportunity to get hands on experience as you are involved in interesting and meaningful legal projects from the get-go.

Starting your career with Buddle Findlay will open doors in both New Zealand and around the world!

Get to know us

We want to make sure we are a great match, so it is important that we get to know each other.

Take a moment to complete our quiz and see how we connect.  This quiz is short and fun and will give you a better idea of what matters to us.

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A place to grow

We are collaborative and supportive and know this will develop and enrich you.

At Buddle Findlay our junior training programme will provide you with the tools you need to transition into corporate life.  You will be provided with a dedicated buddy, mentor and team who will continuously support you through your journey of growth. 

We offer a range of wellbeing, community and flexible working initiatives, enabling you to be the best you can be.  Take a look at some of the exciting benefits we offer our summer clerks:

A place to be yourself

We want to hear your story and find out what makes you different!

At Buddle Findlay you can be your true and authentic self.  We create a warm and safe environment where individuals can bring their best selves to work.  This is reflected by our Rainbow Tick certification, authenticating Buddle Findlay as an inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation.

A place to connect

At Buddle Findlay, you will enjoy building strong connections with our people, clients and community.  

As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to help shape New Zealand’s future, working alongside a broad range of clients.  These include national and multinational corporations, private equity and venture capital funds, banks and financial institutions, technology start-ups, state-owned enterprises, government departments, and local and other statutory authorities.  

Our collaborative spirit is what sets us apart.  We pride ourselves on our exceptional relationships and the results we achieve for our clients.  This is reflected in our recent awards which you can view here.

Industries you could work with

In the community

For us, giving back to our community is an important element of the way we do business.  We are committed to supporting the New Zealand communities in which we work and live.  Our community strategy is based on involving our people to build a stronger and sustainable community in New Zealand.

The Halberg Foundation

We are a key sponsor of the Halberg Foundation.  The Halberg Foundation works with talented young sportspeople and their families to ensure that they receive the support they need to pursue their sporting dreams, and to reap the benefits that sport and recreation provide.

The Buddle Findlay Child Health Foundation

The Buddle Findlay Child Health Foundation (BFCHF) is a charitable trust that was set up in 2005 and supports children receiving residential medical care in New Zealand.  If hospitals face an urgent need for equipment or other vital resources, the BFCHF will quickly consider applications for funding to help meet the need and provide an immediate and direct benefit to the children.

The Māia Health Foundation

In 2018, Buddle Findlay signed a three year agreement between the BFCHF and the Māia Health Foundation (Māia).  The BFCHF is a Founding Business Partner of Māia, which is the charitable arm of the Canterbury District Health Board and has been set up to fundraise for items that are not budgeted for.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Buddle Findlay to continue supporting child health in Christchurch.

Pro bono work

Buddle Findlay recognises the difficulty some community organisations have in accessing legal services and that money saved on legal fees can be channelled towards making a real difference.  We encourage our lawyers to dedicate their time and expertise to helping those in need.  Some of our pro bono clients are LandSAR, Dress for Success, WWF-New Zealand, Kaibosh Food Rescue and Reconnecting Northland.

Start your journey

Applications for our 2020/2021 summer clerk programme are closed.  Follow Buddle Findlay on Instagram (@buddle_findlay) to stay connected and be notified of key dates and events in the future.

For more information on our application process, please see our FAQs.

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Our national people and culture team

Meet our national people and culture team who will guide you through your journey.

Lucy Ryan

Lucy Ryan

Director, people and culture

Fiona Tribe

Fiona Tribe

National manager, people and culture

Joanna Goldfinch

Joanna Goldfinch

Manager, people and culture

Margot Elworthy

Margot Elworthy

Senior adviser, people and culture

Olivia Moore

Olivia Moore

Adviser, people and culture

Lily Bowman

Lily Bowman

Coordinator, people and culture