Dublin Training Contracts and Internships

August 21, 2019

We offer a number of opportunities in our Dublin office.

Dublin Internships

We run a four-week paid summer internship programme in Dublin each year for up to four 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 2019 to 17 February 2020. 

The internship will take place in summer 2020. The programme is open to applicants who will have completed at least two years of any degree by summer 2020, 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 15 August 2019 to 25 October 2019.

Our training contracts start in April 2020. 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 2020.

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.