GLN Summer Clerk Profiles 2014-15

What is it like to be a GLN Summer Clerk?

It is exciting, challenging, inspiring and rewarding.  You will make new professional connections and gain exposure to the broad array of legal work existing across government.  You will discover your host department is responsible for demanding and interesting technical work.  Your assumptions will be tested and you will develop a much better understanding of the machinery of government and the importance of public service.  Collegial in-house teams, a fun group of clerks and the support of the GLN team will make the experience positive.

Read the following profiles to gain the insider's opinion......

Grace miles

GLN Summer Clerk 2014-15: Parliamentary Counsel Office

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Government clerkships aren't just for people interested in public law.  There is a wide scope to choose from and your experience will put into practice what the law, and Law school, are all about.

I enjoyed studying contract and crimes at university but am particularly interested in anything to do with public law, especially issues surrounding public policy and constitutional law.  Working at the Parliamentary Counsel Office throughout the clerk programme was therefore an exciting opportunity.  Read more...

Jerome De Vries

GLN Summer Clerk 2014-15: Ministry of Transport

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The public sector works for the welfare of the country and its people.  There are few career pathways that blend professionalism and service so seamlessly.

I was attracted to a clerkship within the GLN as the public sector focuses on the good of New Zealanders. I wanted to gain a deeper perspective of where our laws come from, how they are made, and how they are assessed. Government lawyers play a crucial role in the implementation and regulation of the legal system, and their actions have a pivotal impact on wider society.  I saw the clerkship as a valuable opportunity to gain a glimpse into this system and glean a deeper understanding of how government works.

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REBECCA STOOP

GLN Summer Clerk 2014-15: Parliamentary Counsel Office

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Having spent the last four years studying the legislative process, being presented with the opportunity to draft legislation was wonderfully exciting.

I had the pleasure, along with fellow GLN Summer Clerk Grace Miles, of being placed within the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) for the duration of the clerkship. Having spent the past four years studying the legislative process and the machinery of government, the opportunity to actually play a part in the day-to-day workings of the public sector was hugely appealing. Read more...

RICHARD TAYLOR

GLN Summer Clerk 2014-15: Crown Law

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THE CLERKSHIP PROVIDED ME WITH A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE CRIMINAL TEAM AT CROWN LAW AND SEE TOP-LEVEL CRIMINAL ADVOCACY AT WORK.

I am the first person in my family to pursue law as a profession and, for me, a legal career was an opportunity to do something new.  I had been a teacher for nearly fifteen years and felt it was time for a new intellectual challenge.  Law has been exactly that.  The GLN Summer Clerk Programme provided me with a golden opportunity to work with the Criminal Team at Crown Law and see top-level criminal advocacy at work in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  Read more...

CHRISTIAN HARDY

GLN Summer Clerk 2014-15: Department of Conservation

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There is satisfaction in knowing that you are contributing to society, helping the public directly and making a difference.

After completing two Bachelor degrees in environmental science and management, becoming a lawyer seemed the most obvious next step in my career path as I look to help society conserve and manage the natural environment in the most fair, just and appropriate way possible.  Being placed with the Department of Conservation (Doc) throughout the GLN summer clerkship was therefore an ideal opportunity.  Read more...