Dublin FAQs

Application FAQs

How do i apply for an internship or training contract?

Please complete our online application form here.  

The application window for our training contracts is from 15 August 2019 to 25 October 2019.

The application window for our internship programme is from 1 December 2019 to 17 February 2020.

When do your internships take place?

Our internships take place each summer.  Dates will be agreed with successful applications.

I’ve missed the deadline to apply for an internship or a training contract– can i still apply?

We do not accept applications after the deadline.

Do you accept CV applications?

No, we do not usually accept CV applications.  If you are unable to complete the online application form please contact us at to discuss, in confidence, your individual circumstances.  We will be able to make adjustments to the process as required. 

How much will i be paid on the vacation scheme?

We pay our internship participants £500 a week.

Do you have open days?

Currently, we do not.  However, we hope to run open events in our Dublin office in the future.  For a list of our campus events, please see here.

What are your academic criteria?

Our recruits almost invariably have exceptional academic grades, and have graduated with, or are on course for a 2.1 or first.

I don’t meet your academic criteria – should i still apply?

We take all relevant information into consideration and look at your application as a whole.  If you didn’t reach the minimum requirements we ask that you provide any mitigating circumstances in the relevant part of the application form.

Do you offer ad-hoc work experience outside of your formal internships?

We do not offer informal work experience placements.  Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for a place on one of our internships.

I require adjustments due to a disability; can you accommodate these?

We are happy to make adjustments to a candidate’s individual requirements.  Please contact us at to discuss, in confidence, your individual circumstances.

I submitted my application form but i have not heard from you since the confirmation email; does this mean i have been unsuccessful?

No, we will contact all applicants and aim to do so within ten working days of receiving your application.

Will you cover any costs i incur to attend an interview?

We reimburse up to €100 for travel expenses incurred to attend an interview at the firm’s office.

I am qualified in another jurisdiction, should i apply for a training contract?

In this circumstance we would advise you to apply for an associate position, rather than a training contract.  Please visit the Qualified Solicitors section of our careers site for further information.  

What do i do if i am unsuccessful during the application process? Can i reapply next year?

You cannot re-apply for the same position in the same application year.  However, you are welcome to apply the following year. 

I’m thinking of undertaking a further qualification after my degree, such as an LLM or the New York bar, will this help my application?

If you have a genuine interest in an area of postgraduate study, we encourage you to pursue this interest.  However, we do not recommend students to take on postgraduate studies to merely boost their vacation scheme application or fill a gap year.  Undertaking an MA and achieving a high grade will not mitigate for falling below our academic criteria at undergraduate degree level.  If you decide to pursue postgraduate studies you should be able to give full and convincing reasons for this in an interview.  

Do you provide sponsorship for Law Society fees?

Yes.  We provide full payment of PPC1 and PPII fees. 

How many trainees do you take on?

We typically take on two trainees each year. 

How many trainee intakes do you have per year?

We have one trainee intake.  Our trainees join each year in April.  

What is the starting salary for trainees?

We pay first year trainees €47,500 and second year trainees €50,000. 

What secondment opportunities are there, and am i likely to go on secondment during my training contract?

Yes, all of our Dublin trainees will spend six months in our London office.   


Yes.  Trainees and qualified lawyers alike are encouraged to do pro bono work.  Dechert is committed to pro bono work and all our lawyers commit at least 25 hours per year to pro bono.  In addition, we also find that working on pro bono matters helps lawyers to develop and enhance serving our committees through their interpersonal and advisory skills. 


We recruit people that have the potential to have long and successful careers with the firm, and we aim to keep on all our qualifiers. 


Equal Employment Opportunity

Dechert LLP is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination.  The Firm prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, colour, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the armed forces, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are proud of our organization and want every employee at the Firm to feel welcome with an equal opportunity to excel.  Thank you for your interest in Dechert LLP.