Careers

A postgraduate qualification from the Auckland Law School is an excellent career move.

Whether you are a junior solicitor just starting out in your field, a seasoned practitioner or a professional who works with the law without a formal legal qualification, this qualification will be a great asset to you and your employer, present and future.

Career Development and Employment Services helps students with career development throughout the course of their studies. They provide assistance with CV and cover letter writing, conduct practice interviews with students, and assist with many aspects of the career planning process through workshops, careers evenings, one-to-one appointments and a drop-in service. They can be found at www.cdes.auckland.ac.nz

 The Faculty of Law, in cooperation with Career Development and Employment Services assists students to participate in the Law Graduate Recruitment Programme in March each year.

The firms that participate in this programme are mostly national and medium to large law firms. They recruit for two types of positions; Summer Clerks (summer work typically for Part III students) and Law Clerks (for final-year students seeking graduate positions). Summer Clerk opportunities can often lead to employment after the Law degree is completed. CDES also organise Careers Fairs and Employer presentations involving law firms and other general organisations such as tax consultancies, government departments, management consultancies, accounting and finance firms.  

CDES also organises career development-focused workshops throughout the year, delivered either by a Career Development Consultant or academics and employers. Check out www.cdes.auckland.ac.nz and the careers noticeboards on Level 2 of building 801 for upcoming events, dates and times.

Meet our graduates


Hayden Vickers - Master of Taxation Studies

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“I had a strong interest in the topic after majoring in Taxation in my undergraduate degree (BCom/BProp conjoint) and wanted to deepen my understanding of the topic.

“There have been two major benefits for me, aside from the amount I have learnt from a technical perspective. Firstly, the programme is valuable from a networking perspective as it enables you to broaden your networks and meet tax professionals from a range of different backgrounds with different levels of experience (such as students, legal practitioners, Inland Revenue representatives/officials and tax professionals from overseas, small accounting firms and larger professional services firms).

“Another major benefit is that the programme teaches you to think critically about certain issues and to approach an issue from the perspective of different stakeholders (e.g. from a policy perspective, practical perspective, commercial perspective etc). This enables you to think differently about certain issues which adds value in the work that I do as a Tax Consultant in the International Tax Services Team at EY.

“The skills I have learned throughout the MTaxS programme have benefited my current role in number of ways. It has given me a broad understanding of the how the different areas of tax (such international tax, tax avoidance, corporate tax, non-corporate tax etc) work and how they fit into New Zealand’s tax system. This has helped me to see the ‘bigger picture’ when advising clients on specific and complex areas of law and how solving one problem may have a flow-on effect and cause another problem down the track.

“Additionally, the MTaxS course has taught me to think critically about complex tax problems and to think about issues from the perspective of different stakeholders (i.e. a technical perspective, policy perspective, commercial perspective). It has also taught me how to effective research skills which are critical to my current role.

“I would recommend this Masters programme for three main reasons; to broaden your network within New Zealand’s tax profession, to broaden your understanding of different areas of tax law and to learn to think critically from the perspective of different stakeholders about complex tax problems.”

Hayden Vickers, International Tax Services, EY

Tony Zheng - Master of Legal Studies

Graduate story: Tony Zheng

“When I was studying for my Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Business School, I did one introductory Law paper, which I really enjoyed. Later on I became a business manager and I noticed that laws and regulations had a great impact on my commercial decision-making. I regularly worked alongside, and was advised by, lawyers so I thought having some knowledge of the law would make my interaction with lawyers a lot more efficient – and cost effective!

“The Master of Legal Studies was the perfect solution. It not only provides a solid legal understanding, but also helps to polish my skills in analysing high-level strategies. It offered me the exposure and opportunity to think about many conceptual scholarly issues, such as how international conventions help to resolve cross-border commercial disputes, or how corporate governance laws are designed to best allocate corporate power to various parties.

“I’ve been really impressed by how many world-leading lecturers are involved in the MLS programme, both from New Zealand and overseas. I have learnt from top experts in international law – such as Sir David Williams QC and Amokura Kawharu from New Zealand, and some of the world’s leading corporate law scholars such as Marc Moore from Cambridge University.

“The programme also trained me on “intensive learning” and time management. Without a legal background it can be challenging at first to produce a 12,000-word Masters-level essay after just five days of intensive training and two months of research. But once I made it through, I become very confident picking up anything in a very short timeframe.

“I have most enjoyed the dynamic background of students. From recent graduates from emerging market jurisdictions, to industry practitioners with years of experience in the field we study, everyone is my class is smart and has an interesting background. I’ve learnt a lot simply by studying alongside them.”