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The Ministry of Justice - Te Tāhū o te Ture

  • #9 in Government & Public Service
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

2020 Summer Intern Programme

Auckland; North Shore, Central, Waitakere, Manukau. Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
$40,000 - $44,999

Application dates

Applications Open
14 Aug 2020
Applications Close
28 Aug 2020

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Justice & Law Enforcement
Legal Studies

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the Role

The Public Defence Service is recruiting Summer Interns to join the team from November 2020 to February 2021.

The Public Defence Service (PDS) is New Zealand's largest criminal law practice, providing high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. The PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients. In this role you can expect to:

  • Experience criminal defence law
  • Enjoy supportive, experienced and professional colleagues
  • Find out what it is like to be the voice of justice for people who need it most.

These roles offer a unique opportunity to gain experience and practice in a criminal defence law firm environment. You will work alongside experienced lawyers in a collaborative and supportive environment and across a variety of work. Your key tasks will include legal research, drafting documents, file organisation and administrative support. With client permission, you may also have the opportunity to observe client interviews and court appearances.

He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience

We will consider applicants who are:

  • Law students in their second last year of study
  • Studying at a New Zealand university
  • Available for the whole period of the internship
  • Genuinely considering a career in criminal defence law
  • Eligible to work in NZ

Given the busy and sometimes challenging work environment we are also looking for candidates who have proven communication and relationship management skills. You must be someone who is a versatile self-starter, service-focussed and able to manage a wide range of tasks.

The salary is $43,000 (pro-rata over a three-month period) and the positions are full time.

Tono mai/How to Apply

To apply, click the "Apply" button, you can view a detailed position description here, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter. There is also a short mandatory questionnaire to complete.

We have 10 positions available in varied locations; Auckland, North shore, Waitakere, Manukau, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Please make an application for your preferred location. You will then be asked in the questionnaire to indicate your secondary location that you would also like to be considered for.

*Note: You can only apply for a maximum of two locations.

Applications close on 28 August 2020 at 5pm.

Applicants can expect to hear from us within four - six weeks after the advertising closes.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] and reference the specific location you are interested in.