2020 CDES Business and Law Career Expo

Meet representatives from New Zealand’s top companies and law firms.

Date: Wednesday 11 March
Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm 
Venue: Sir Owen G. Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Level 0 & 1 Foyer

There’s no need to register for this event, just turn up on the day.

This event is exclusively for University of Auckland students. Don’t forget to bring your student ID!

Launch your career in Business and Law

Kick off your 2020 academic year with a full day of face-to-face opportunities with New Zealand’s top legal firms and business leaders. These sectors feed off of each other and overlap constantly, so if you are considering a future in law or business, you won’t want to miss this. Commence your academic year and network with leaders across the fields.

Join us on Wednesday 11 March for the first expo of 2020: the ever-popular Business and Law Career Expo!

I enjoyed the variety of stalls and staff representing the different companies. They were all very friendly.

Discover a career with purpose and impact 

The 2020 CDES Business and Law Career Expo is your opportunity to put your best foot forward and make a great first impression with New Zealand’s top companies and law firms. Whether you are actively seeking a graduate role or just beginning to explore your options, this expo will enlighten and inspire you with the possibilities for the future. You will get the chance to talk to experts in the field from a range of firms and companies, and explore the opportunities that your degree can unlock.

Prepare, attend and network!

For one day only, we are bringing you a wide range of employers from multiple sectors – all under one roof. They will be ready to hire, and will be happy to answer any questions you have, so this is your chance to understand what each organisation stands for. First impressions count, so make a great one when you arrive at the expo.

Do your research, dress professionally and have your CV and questions ready! An exciting opportunity could be waiting for you at the 2020 CDES Business and Law Career Expo.


Top employers from the fields of Business and Law will be represented at the expo. Research them below and check back for updates, as more will continue to be added over the coming months. Taking the time to research the organisations will impress their representatives on the day!

Employer Faculties of interest Are international students eligible?
Audit New Zealand Accounting Yes
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Business & Law Yes
BDO Auckland Business Yes 
Buddle Findlay Law Yes
Castalia Business (Economics & Finance) Yes
Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Business (Accounting & Taxation) Yes
CPA Australia Business Yes
Deloitte Business, Law & Engineering Yes
Department of Internal Affairs Accounting Yes
DXC Technology All faculties No
Expeditors International Business, Law,
Arts & Creative Arts and Industries
EY Business, Law, Engineering & Science Yes
FNZ Limited Business, Engineering & Science  Yes
Fulton Hogan Accounting & Engineering Yes 
Government Legal Network Law Yes
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Business, Arts, Medical and Health Science & Science Yes
IPLS - Institute of
Professional Legal Studies
ILANZ - In-house Lawyers Association   No
KPMG  Business, Law, Engineering & Science  Yes
KVB Global Markets Limited Business & Law  Yes 
Lane Neave  Law No
Mainfreight All faculties Yes
McVeagh Fleming Law Yes
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment/
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
All faculties Yes
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Business, Law, Arts & Science No
New Zealand Defence Force  All faculties  No
Public Defence Service  Criminal Law  Yes
PwC Business, Law, Engineering,
Medical and Health Science & Science
The College of Law Law No
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Business & Law  Yes
Te Tai Ōhanga - The Treasury Business, Law, Arts & Science Yes
Wilson Harle  Law Yes
Windcave Business, Engineering & Science Yes

Employer Profiles

Many students from the University of Auckland have spent time in graduate or intern roles with the companies and firms represented. Check out the profiles below to read their stories and see if there might be overlap with you.

Watch this space, check back for updates!

Get the chance to win big!

Competitions and giveaways will running all day at the expo, so come and visit the CDES stand on the day to enter! Winners will be drawn after the expo and emailed directly.

Watch this space, check back for updates!

Speaker Session: How technology is changing the business world

Are you disruption ready? As a student, you will face unprecedented changes in technology and automation as you develop your career, so it’s important to go with it, flex, learn and enjoy the ride!

This session will give you the chance to hear from Shailan Patel, Education Manager at MYOB, who will discuss:

  • Technology developments in the accounting - and wider business - industry
  • What skills will set you up for the future of work
  • How you can be ‘disruption ready’

Top tips to get you expo ready

  1. Login to MyCDES to access online resources and to book your place for our workshops and career events:
    1. Get clarity on what you have to offer employers and build confidence to introduce yourself naturally in a professional setting by booking your place at one of our workshops.
    2. Get your CV and LinkedIn profile ready – we have a daily CV drop-in (no appointment necessary)
      Monday – Friday
      10.30-11.30am and 3-4pm
      Room 151, Level 1, Kate Edger Information Commons
    1. Complete an online module through MyCDES or attend a workshop designed to help you write customised CV and cover letters.
  2. Our Career Development Consultants and employers will also be on hand to check your CV at the expo. Please bring a copy of your CV on paper, laptop or tablet.

Photos from previous expos