Graduates & summer clerks

Graduates & summer clerks
What to expect

If you’re a law student looking to be immersed in high quality, cutting-edge corporate law, talk to us…

You should be passionate about corporate work, because that’s what we do - we’re New Zealand’s premier corporate law specialists. We pride ourselves on solving complex legal problems which deliver commercially viable outcomes for our clients, so for the right candidate(s) a summer clerk or graduate position with us is a fantastic opportunity. Here, you’ll learn how to find solutions others can’t, and that’s a rare skill.

You will learn your profession from - and be mentored by - some of New Zealand’s most respected corporate lawyers. They are the best thinkers and corporate advisory strategists in the business – the experience you’ll gain will be invaluable.

You will hone your analytical and creative thinking skills, helping to advise leading listed companies, private equity firms, corporates and offshore-based clients and be involved in some of the most challenging corporate transactions in New Zealand.

You can expect to be remunerated above market rates and enjoy some other benefits too. We’ll discuss those with you in person.

We offer a team-orientated and supportive environment where you will be encouraged and valued - without the hierarchy and bureaucracy associated with larger firms getting in the way. We are a genuine “legal family’.

This is an opportunity that few, if any, New Zealand legal firms can match.

Here's what our grads say

  • Graduate - Law Clerk
    Bailey joined Harmos Horton Lusk in the summer of 2017/2018 as a Summer Clerk. He was drawn to the firm as he was aware of its reputation as a top corporate law advisory and home to some of New Zealand’s best commercial lawyers – he also knew that juniors were offered exceptional learning opportunities. Read more about Bailey
  • Graduate - Law Clerk
    Fletcher returned to Harmos Horton Lusk full-time in February 2020 after having worked at the firm over July/August 2019 before he went on his overseas travels. The firm appealed to him as it stood out as different from a standard commercial legal practice. His perception was that the people there were uniquely focused on helping clients solve some of the most complex legal issues with a firmly commercial approach. Read more about Fletcher
  • Graduate – Law Clerk
    Luke joined Harmos Horton Lusk in February 2020. He knew that the people there are at the very top of their game, and regularly work on the largest corporate deals in the country. He wanted to be part of that. Read more about Luke
  • Law Student – Summer Clerk
    Yvonne is in her final year of study at the University of Auckland completing a BSc/LLB (Hons) and was a summer clerk at Harmos Horton Lusk in the summer of 2019/20. She applied for the position because she has a particular interest in corporate law, and she had heard about Harmos Horton Lusk’s reputation as one of the leading corporate law firms in New Zealand. She hopes to return to the firm in 2021 as a law clerk. Read more about Yvonne
What we offer

Harmos Horton Lusk is innovative, even unique, in the way we support our people.

Your work: You will take part in real client work right away. That experience will come via a rich variety of work which might include complex merger and acquisition transactions, takeovers, capital markets and equity advice, corporate governance advice, foreign investment and a range of other high profile work.  You will be encouraged to ‘think outside the box.’

You will support our directors’ dealings with a range of clients, and you will work in a team-orientated environment, developing excellent problem-solving skills as you go.

Your rewards: Your knowledge and expertise as a legal professional specialising in corporate law will grow immeasurably. You’ll learn to be a part of a small, close knit, high–functioning team.  We’re looking for the brightest and most enquiring minds, so it’s only fair we reward you accordingly; your remuneration will be above market rates.

Your potential: Harmos Horton Lusk offers an ideal environment in which to maximise your potential. We place a great deal of importance on mentorship and ongoing training, and there will be ample development opportunities for you to advance your career. 

How to apply

Keen to take the next step? If you are passionate about corporate law, have an excellent academic record and enjoy working collaboratively in a team environment- we look forward to hearing from you.

Summer clerk applications open on Thursday, 12 March 2020 and will close at midday on Thursday, 2 April 2020.

As part of the application, you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Your CV
  • Academic transcript (unofficial copy is fine)
  • Cover letter (1-1.5 pages maximum).  Please tell us why you are interested in pursuing a career in corporate law and why you have applied to Harmos Horton Lusk specifically.  We would like to get to know you better, so please also tell us about any experiences, achievements or interests you feel are relevant to your application.

Should your application be successful, the next step would be to complete a short video interview online in early April 2020. The final stage in the process would be to meet with a number of our Directors for a face-to-face interview.  There will also be an opportunity to meet with some of our Associates.  If you are invited to meet with us, you will receive plenty of information in advance to help you prepare.

Apply now