FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you got any questions for us? Hopefully our Frequently Asked Questions below will help answer some of those! If we haven’t quite covered your question, please get in touch with us.

What time of year do you recruit for summer clerks and law graduates?
What do I include in my CV?
How can I get to know Simpson Grierson better?
Do you have any tips for interviews?
How many applications do you get and do you look at every application?
What should I expect during the programme?
What time of year do you recruit for summer clerks and law graduates?

We recruit annually in March. This year, our applications open on March 10.

What do I include in my CV?

We don’t just care about your academic results; we want to see the full picture of who you are. This can include details of previous work experience, achievements, volunteer or community involvement, sports, hobbies, language/s or any other transferrable skills. Please include your contact details as well. We encourage you to submit a concise and to the point CV, one to two pages should be enough.

How can I get to know Simpson Grierson better?

We offer many opportunities for you to connect with us as early on as possible. We will be attending all career fairs this year, so come along if you can. If you are unable to attend or they don’t go ahead due to Covid, we’re always happy to hear from you.  Email our graduate recruitment lead Devon with any queries.

Do you have any tips for interviews?
  • Come prepared – do your research on the firm and its people
  • Be on time!  Aim to arrive 5 minutes early in case of any unexpected delays
  • This is a chance for us to get to know you beyond your CV so be prepared to delve deeper into challenges you’ve faced, times you’ve used initiative, displayed solid work ethic or been resilient
  • This is also an opportunity for you to find out more about us, so bring along any questions you have
  • Be yourself! We want to get to know the real you so let your own flair shine through, and try not to be overly rehearsed

Remember: Most of us have been in your shoes at some point in our careers and we understand that nerves are only natural.  We’re a friendly bunch and hopefully you’ll feel at ease in no time.

How many applications do you get and do you look at every application?

We receive over 700 applications each year which is why standing out from the crowd really helps you get noticed. The People & Culture team review every single application first hand. This programme is really important to us, so no AI involved!

What should I expect during the programme?

You'll hit the ground running with technology and research training, before participating in a bespoke professional development programme. You’ll learn all about our culture, our strategy, and the initiatives that underpin it. The programme includes business writing training, department masterclasses, firm updates, and you’ll get the opportunity to participate in on-the-job training through team and client meetings. As a summer clerk and law graduate you’ll be aligned to a rotation buddy and senior supervisor who can help with all your work and career questions.