Passionate people,


to learn

We choose our graduates because of their potential to become our partners of tomorrow. We don’t hire them to do our grunt work or to make us look good. We’re very selective when recruiting our graduates because we know we’re going to invest in their future.

We want people who know what they stand for and can demonstrate the value they’ll bring to us, professionally and culturally. Individuals with passion, integrity, a hunger to learn and a love for solving real problems. It’s not just the students with the best grades, but also those with the drive and personality to deliver the results our clients need.

Sound like you? Read on to find out more about our Graduate Programme.

What makes being

a graduate at MC


Our aim is getting you into court quickly. In fact, our goal is to have you working with clients and appearing in court on your own matters by the end of your first year. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds – we’ll support you every step of the way. Here’s what some of our recent graduates told us about their experience.

  • “As a graduate I’ve had access to excellent training resources and been able to learn from top lawyers across multiple areas of practice.”
  • “MC is a great place to get a depth of courtroom experience.”
  • “I’ve been blown away by how much litigation experience juniors are able to get early on in their careers compared to other firms. I was able to be a junior on files right from the get go.”
  • “I don’t think I have done one laborious task during my internship. All of the work I’ve been assigned has been genuinely challenging and rewarding.”
  • “The size of the firm means there is a strong network to be a part of and specialist areas of expertise to learn about. There’s always interesting cases of high public interest to learn about at lunchtime seminars.”
  • “It has that ‘big law firm’ feel but with a close knit team culture. It’s an active and interesting place to work and everyone’s encouraged to get involved in all aspects of MC.”


to Go?

Our approach to graduate recruitment is a little different from the other big law firms’ graduate programmes.  We don’t wander New Zealand university campuses giving you the hard sell.  Like the people we hire, we’re simply aiming to be ourselves.  So, if you like what you’ve read and think you’re a good fit, we’d love to hear from you.  Each year, we take on a select number of graduates – so if you’re interested in the next intake, all we need is: 

  • A covering letter (we’re interested in real people – be authentic and tell us what makes you tick and why you think you’d fit in at MC) 
  • Your CV
  • A completed application form
  • Your academic transcript
  • Send your information to Cushla Hill in our People team.

Applications for the 2021 Graduate Programme are currently open and will close on 3 April 2020.