Dublin Training Programme
Our Dublin office opened its doors in 2010, the first major onshore transatlantic funds practice in the city. We were also one of the first international law firms to establish a presence in Ireland. We pride ourselves on combining a collaborative working environment with a determination to provide the highest quality professional services.
Carol Widger Managing Partner, says: “As a trainee solicitor at Dechert, we will give you all of the support you need to realise your potential. We are looking for people who are committed to delivering excellence in service and innovative thinking with a keen sense for building strong relationships. At Dechert you will be welcomed into our global community from day one.”
We run a four-week paid summer internship programme each year. The programme is designed to give you an idea of what it’s like to be a trainee solicitor at Dechert and you will be given real work to do by our lawyers; this can include research, drafting and attending meetings. You will be allocated a trainee buddy as well as a supervisor (an associate or partner), to ensure your time with us exceeds your expectations.
Social events, such as evening activities and dinners, are an important part of our internship programme as they enable you to build relationships with Dechert trainees, associates and partners.
How to Apply
Please complete our online application form. The application window for our internship programme is from 1 December 2022 to 14 February 2023.
The internship will take place in July 2023. The programme is open to applicants who will have completed at least two years of any degree by the summer of 2023, postgraduates or applicants who have successfully obtained a third-level degree qualification from any discipline.
Successful candidates will be invited to an assessment day where they will undertake a variety of assessments, including a partner interview.
Dublin Training Contracts
We recruit up to two trainee solicitors each year, with our trainees starting their training contract in April.
We take your training seriously, both before and after you qualify. As a trainee, you will receive legal skills and commercial training that goes beyond black letter law, with workshops on AI innovations, effective writing, commercial know-how and building technical legal expertise in each practice group you sit in. Our associates benefit from our Critical Skills Institute, which focusses on leadership, management, communication and client relations.
All Dublin trainees will also undertake a six-month seat in the London office. The trainee programmes are consistent which allows our trainees to gain valuable experience within the Dechert network.
We believe the most vital training is that which goes on every day, with your supervisor guiding your work and providing help and feedback. Your supervisors provide continuous guidance. In addition, your professional development is monitored on a regular basis by Dublin partners and the graduate recruitment and development team, all of whom are available to help you.
2Training contracts a year
64-week paid internships
At Dechert we support our lawyers to reach their full potential through a blend of formal training programs and “on-the-job” training. We recognize that legal learning isn’t just about knowing the law – it is equally important to develop skills that enable you to deliver pragmatic and commercial advice to our global clients. We encourage our lawyers to embrace the market-leading technology and innovation that permeates our firm and enables us to create efficiencies and add value to our client service.
From the outset, you work directly with the largest asset managers in the world and assist on the most complex of international matters. Trainees and junior lawyers are empowered to speak up and get involved, resulting in a sometimes challenging – but always incredibly rewarding – environment. It’s easy to forget the scale of the global footprint of the firm, as client teams will often be comprised of lawyers from numerous offices and practice groups, always working together as one firm.
The firm’s commitment to pro bono is very real and tangible, and taking part in Dechert’s Pro Bono program has been one of the most rewarding aspects of working here. It feels really good to use the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired by working for Dechert to help people within our local community, and to further causes close to my own heart.