Trainee & Intern Programmes - Dublin

A&L Goodbody's Trainee & Intern Programmes form a key part of our resourcing strategy. 

In recent years, we have expanded our graduate and undergraduate programmes and now offer four different stops on your journey to a career in law with the firm.

Our LawStart, Student Placement and Summer Intern Programmes help us to identify candidates for our Trainee Solicitor Programme and give undergraduates a realistic job preview before accepting a position on our Trainee Programme.

We see our trainee solicitors as key future members and leaders of the firm but also as valuable and much relied upon support for our legal teams during the trainee solicitor, intern or work placement period. Our trainee solicitors, interns and placement students assist us in successfully delivering for our clients time and time again.

Trainee Programme - 30 Months

Programme Details

Our Trainee Programme offers the best possible start to your career as a lawyer. As your traineeship progresses, we work with you to develop your own personal career path. As a Trainee at A&L Goodbody, you can expect to receive excellent training in the practical application of the law from the moment you begin your career with us. We invest in your on-going development as a lawyer and as a trusted business adviser, because we know how important it is to reach your full potential.

Who can apply?

Our Trainee Programme is open to applicants who are final year undergraduates, post graduates and those who have successfully obtained a third level degree qualification.

How to apply?

Our Trainee Programme recruitment process opens for applications on 20 August 2018.  

The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 October 2018.

Interviews will take place at the end of October.

ALG Training Contract Breakdown 


Over the course of the traineeship, our trainee solicitors complete 4 seats or rotations in the legal practice areas of our main departments - Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Corporate & M&A, Finance, Commercial Property, Taxation and Pensions.

Each seat is approximately 6 months in duration. This gives you the opportunity to discover for yourself just where your interests lie and what you are really good at. The range of specialist services offered by the firm enables us to provide a degree of flexibility to trainee solicitors. The area of law you practice upon qualification will not be decided until you complete the Trainee Solicitor Programme.


Throughout your time on each team, you will be working with partners, associates and more junior lawyers. Many of our trainee solicitors have the opportunity to share an office with partners or other senior lawyers during their traineeship. In that way you will get to see different people with different working styles and also people at different stages in their legal career. This will enable you to develop all the skills that you need to be the very best commercial lawyer that you can be.

Feedback & Assessment

Feedback is a constant at A&L Goodbody, particularly for our trainee solicitors. Our approach is friendly and we are always ready to answer questions and actively encourage you to ask them. 

Trainee solicitors have a formal review with their team every three months, half-way through each rotation and then again at the end of the rotation. This might seem quite daunting at the start, but it really is a very valuable way for you to ascertain how you have performed in the first part of your seat and to focus on any areas for development in the second half of your seat. Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to discuss with your team any areas you feel you would like to focus on during your seat.

Secondment Opportunities

All of our trainee solicitors have the opportunity to secure international experience or complete a client secondment. We offer a number of our trainee solicitors the opportunity to complete a seat either in our London office, with one of our international or domestic clients, or with an international law firm. We believe there is no substitute for practical hands on experience. Giving our trainee solicitors the opportunity to develop these skills means they become lawyers who fully understand how business works and the benefits to the firm and our clients. It’s the best possible experience for ttainees to work with our client organisations and learn just exactly what it is that our clients look for in their lawyers. We can think of no better way of teaching our trainee solicitors just how to best serve their clients in their future career.

Legal Education & Learning

We provide each trainee solicitor with a tailored development framework aimed at enhancing their individual capabilities.

In addition to the Law Society Professional Practices Courses, which form part of your training contract, we use a combination of on-the-job experience, informal mentoring and participation in our structured training programmes as part of the firm’s professional development framework.

Click here to read more about our Trainee Development Programme (TDP).

Summer Intern Programme

Programme Details

Our Summer Intern Programme (SIP) forms an integral part of the firm’s resourcing strategy. It’s importance is evidenced by the resources we dedicate to it throughout the firm. We offer four-week long, paid internships during June, July and August/September. We see the programme as an opportunity for you to learn from our legal professionals and for us to identify potential trainee solicitors.

Who can apply?

Our Summer Intern Programme is open to applicants who are in the penultimate or final year of their undergraduate degree, post graduates, or have successfully obtained a third level degree qualification.

How to apply?

Thank you for your interest in our Summer Intern Programme 2018. Applications are now closed.

We will be recruiting again in January 2019 for our Summer Intern Programme 2019 .

ALG Summer Intern Programme Breakdown 

The SIP is run by our Trainee & Intern Programme team and supported by our Learning and Development team. Together they are responsible for the development and implementation of the SIP. The team oversees the day-to-day running of the SIP and will liaise directly with you on a daily basis to ensure that your internship runs smoothly from beginning to end and that you get the most from your experience.

What you can expect as a summer intern

As with our trainee solicitors, all summer interns will work within one of our main departments: Corporate and M&A, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Finance, Commercial Property, Tax and Pensions.

In addition, as part of our structured development programme, each week we will focus on the work undertaken in one of our main departments. By the end of your internship you will have a full appreciation of the work we do, who our clients are and the role of the trainee solicitor.

As an intern, you will experience the work of a trainee solicitor and are assigned to a legal team with a partner, associate and trainee buddy dedicated to ensuring you have a real and positive experience. You will work as part of that team for the duration of your internship. You will be fully involved in the work of your team and will receive comprehensive ‘on the job’ training. You will be ‘buddied’ with one of the trainee solicitors on your team, to ensure that you settle in quickly and make the most of your internship. In addition, as part of our structured training programme, the following learning and development initiatives are included:

  • Full day induction programme
  • Legal and executive skills training
  • Themed departmental weeks
  • Team and individual projects
  • Attendance at trainee solicitor workshops and seminars
  • Social events
  • Responsible Business Day

Download the SIP brochure.

Student Placement Programme 1-7 months

Our Student Placement Programme is open to all undergraduate students, who are attending a course that includes a placement programme. Work placement provides students with an opportunity to gain practical work experience and apply the legal knowledge that has already been acquired in the early years of their undergraduate degree. Students on our Placement Programme are generally in the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree. 

Programme Details

As a placement student, you will experience the work of a trainee solicitor and are assigned to a legal team with a partner, associate and trainee solicitor buddy, dedicated to ensuring you have a real and positive experience in the firm. You can expect to receive formal and informal feedback and mentoring throughout your placement.

You will also participate in our Trainee Development Programme, which supplements your on the job experience and is custom designed to support participants as they develop their core legal, executive legal, business and people skills. Training is interactive where practical and includes weekly lectures, workshops and team meetings.

All placement students are given the opportunity to interview for Trainee Solicitor Programme positions in the summer following their placement.

Placement duration varies, depending on the course and university. 

Who can apply?

Our Student Placement Programme is open to all undergraduate students, who are attending a course that offers an integrated work placement programme. 

How to apply?

Students can apply through their university, by contacting their placement officer.

LawStart Programme - One Day

Spend a day in A&L Goodbody to learn what it is like working here. Our LawStart Programme is designed to give you an insight into A&L Goodbody and to help you decide if a career in corporate law is right for you. You should consider a LawStart Day as the first step of your career in corporate law.

We know that gaining work experience as a first or second year undergraduate student can sometimes be difficult. A LawStart Day will help you gain a better understanding of our work, our practice and our culture – insights that will help you with your application for our Summer Intern, Student Placement or Trainee Programme in the future. Not only that, you will have the opportunity to personally experience, alongside our trainee solicitors and associates, the type of work that we do and the way we do it.

We do not conduct interviews for our LawStart programme.  You just need to submit your application online and we'll get back to you.

Programme Details

You can expect to experience the following during your LawStart day.

  • A talk from our Trainee Partners, Ronan Lyons about our firm, clients and our Trainee & Intern Programmes
  • Work shadowing with a current trainee solicitors
  • Application and interview advice from the Trainee & Intern Programme recruitment team
  • 'You be the Judge' – an interactive workshop which will give you practical experience of the work we do
  • An office tour
  • An opportunity to network with our trainee solicitors & associates

Who can apply?

Our LawStart Programme is open to all first and non-penultimate second year undergraduates of any discipline.

How to apply?

Thank you for your interest in our LawStart Days (23 & 28 May). Applications are now closed.