Law Student Competition 2013

Bold Ideas

What about legalPlaying to our strengths

International legal opportunities for Ireland

In recent times Ireland has been playing to its strengths in so many ways. Is it our ability to attract more foreign direct investment from the US into Ireland than the US invests into Brazil, Russia, India and China... combined? Is it our cultural influences abroad through music and the arts...U2, Riverdance, Yeats and Joyce? Is it the fact that €1.4 trillion in funds are administered in Ireland? Is it that half of the world’s fleet of leased aircraft is managed from Ireland?

What would, or could, make the Irish legal profession proud of its international reputation? For example: being a centre of international arbitration or banking, the most legally friendly place in Europe to establish European headquarters, or being the "Silicon Valley of Europe"?

In the year of the Gathering we want you to come up with a new "bold idea" to promote the reputation of the legal profession in Ireland...internationally.

Mahmoud Abukhadir

Winner 2012

Mahmoud Abukhadir, NUI Galway

Mahmoud won A&L Goodbody’s 2012 Bold Ideas, Law Student Innovation Award. Part of his prize was an internship in New York.

"I am very happy to be sitting here 1000 miles away from home, working in a law firm in the Chrysler Building in New York.  It’s there for students to apply and if they want the opportunity, go take it!"

The prize

An Internship: A place on A&L Goodbody’s Internship Programme at one of our office locations – Dublin, London, New York or San Francisco – we arrange travel and hotel, you work alongside market leading lawyers.

€3,000 in cash: towards your educational fees – or that college loan!

A Charitable donation: Be part of A&L Goodbody’s Step Up - Community Collaboration Programme. We will make a cash donation on your behalf to the charity of your choice.

The runners up will win:

An iPAD MINI: to keep you connected.

The panel

Your idea will be reviewed by a judging panel made up of the following industry professionals:

 The panel 


John Whelan, Head of International Technology Group, A&L Goodbody

 The panel


Michael McDowell, Senior Counsel
(former Attorney General)

The panel 


Clíodhna O’Sullivan, Head of Legal, Telefónica Ireland


How to enter

The competition is run by young lawyers and trainees within the Firm, so feel free to be as creative and as bold as you wish.

While we expect that most entries will be received in written form, you are welcome to submit your entry as a short video or any other format.  As a rough guide, written entries should be about 3 to 5 pages in length, and a video should really be no more than 5 minutes long.

Send your entries to:

Deadline for submission: The deadline for receipt of entries has now passed. The winner and runners up will be announced on Thursday, 14 November 2013.

Read the terms and conditions of the competition.