Simmonds Stewart renews techlaw intern program

Simmonds Stewart’s techlaw intern program has returned for 2019.

The program, operated in conjunction with the Auckland Law School, offers law students paid intern positions in the technology sector. Launched last year, it was the first program of its kind in the country.

Five students were placed with tech companies and Simmonds Stewart for last year’s run. This year, the program will place eight Auckland Law School in internships. The aim is still to provide aspiring lawyers interested in technology and entrepreneurship with real-world experience in the tech sector, the firm said.

The students will be placed with participating companies Stretchsense, Crimson Education, Pacific Channel, and Auckland UniServices. They will be paid to provide up to 100 hours of basic legal work and will be trained by Simmonds Stewart and paired with one of the firm’s lawyers, who will support and supervise work as required.

“We’re excited to offer an expanded techlaw programme for 2019. We have an exciting line up of participating companies, all keen to work with law students. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved,” said chief executive Victoria Stewart.

Applications, which are open to University of Auckland students in their penultimate or final year, close on 20 March.