Dublin Internships and Training

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.”

 

Dublin Internships

We run a four-week paid summer internship programme each year for up to six people. The programme is designed to give you an idea of what it’s like to be a trainee solicitor at Dechert. You will be allocated a trainee buddy as well as a supervisor (an associate or partner), and will receive work from people at all levels.  You will be given real work to do by our lawyers; depending on each fee earner, this can include research, drafting and attending meetings.

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 2020 to 15 February 2021.

The internship will take place in 2021. The programme is open to applicants who will have completed at least two years of any degree by summer 2021, postgraduates or applicants who have successfully obtained a third-level degree qualification from any discipline.

Successful candidates will be invited to an assessment day in our Dublin office, where they will undertake a variety of exercises, including a partner interview. We know that candidates are likely to be interviewing with other firms as well, so the interview is very much a two-way process. We provide plenty of time for you to ask questions throughout the day.
 

Dublin Training Contracts

We recruit 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 it. All of our qualifiers attend orientation in Philadelphia, an initiative for all Dechert’s newly qualified lawyers globally. Our associates benefit from our Critical Skills Institute, which focuses on leadership, management, communication and client relations. With Dechert’s help, you will realise your full potential.

All Dublin trainees will undertake a six-month secondment to the London office. However, we know that the most important training is that which goes on every day, with your supervisor guiding your work and providing you with help and feedback. Although we encourage you to take on more responsibility, we do so in a supportive environment. 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.

How to apply

Please complete our online application form. The application window for our training contracts is from 24 September 2020 to 6 November 2020.

Our training contracts start in April 2021. The programme is open to applicants who will have completed passed their FE1 examinations prior to starting and who will be able to begin PPC1 in September 2021.

Successful candidates will be invited to an assessment day in our Dublin office, where they will undertake a variety of exercises, including a partner interview. We know that candidates are likely to be interviewing with other firms as well, so the interview is very much a two-way process. We provide plenty of time for you to ask questions throughout the day.

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PPC fees paid

2

Training contracts a year

Pro bono opportunities

6

4-week paid internships

London secondment