Trainee & Intern Programmes - Belfast

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

Trainee Solicitor Programme:

Programme Details

As a trainee solicitor with us you will have 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 solicitor 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. Our Trainee Solicitor Programme is designed to encourage and develop your unique qualities. 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.

Developing your legal career

The foundation of our success as a firm is attracting great people and developing them into brilliant lawyers. We place a strong emphasis on your development, throughout your career with the firm. We provide a programme of development for each career stage, enabling everyone at A&L Goodbody to be the best at what they do.

ALG School of Business & Law

In 2017 we launched the ALG School of Business and Law. Our school provides an integrated development programme for every stage of your legal career at A&L Goodbody – from trainee solicitor to partner.
Each programme builds technical legal skills alongside executive business skills. Experienced lawyers work alongside external experts to develop and deliver practical and business-focussed training. Together we have developed a bespoke programme which is fully accredited.  Escalate is the firm’s programme for trainee solicitors and is the first stage of your career development with the firm.

Training Contract Breakdown

As a trainee solicitor you will complete key seats in a range of our specialist practice areas.
This gives you the opportunity to learn through practice, discover where your interests lie and what you are really good at. Our range of specialist practice areas enables us to provide you with a degree of flexibility. 

We recruit solicitors who are training via IPLS,LPC and the new SQE route.

Our approach is friendly. With experience of taking on a large cohort of trainees each year, we are always ready to answer questions.  With our open plan office environment, our trainee solicitors have the opportunity to sit side by side and learn from partners and other colleagues during their traineeship on a daily basis.

Escalate programme

As a trainee solicitor at A&L Goodbody, you are encouraged to own your development and maximise your opportunities. We know that being an excellent lawyer means more than just knowing the law. Our Escalate programme supports your development as a trainee solicitor and enables you to develop the legal, business, people and communication skills you need to be a successful corporate lawyer. In each year of your traineeship you will build and practice your skills in these areas.

Core Programme

In each seat you will also participate in training sessions designed specifically for trainee solicitors, in a formal training environment. These include department specific workshops, practice group insights, core legal development training, commercial awareness, advocacy and other legal and business skills. This training is delivered by partners and experienced lawyers in the firm, in conjunction with our talent and knowledge teams. The focus is on practical, hands-on learning through a combination of workshops, seminars and projects to sit alongside your formal external training route.

Mentoring & Feedback

Feedback is an integral part of your development at A&L Goodbody. Our approach is friendly, we are always ready to answer questions and we actively encourage you to ask them. Assessment is both formal and informal and is a valuable opportunity to discuss your progress and areas of development you would like to focus on.
In addition, you are paired with a buddy throughout your traineeship. Buddies act as a ‘go to’ person to help you get the most from your traineeship. They can help you with both technical and non-technical questions, as you navigate the traineeship journey.

Who can apply?

Our Trainee Programme is open to applicants who are final year undergraduates, post graduates and those who have successfully obtained a relevant third level degree qualification. We accept SQE, LPC and IPLS trainee applications.

How to apply?

Trainee Solicitor Programme:

Applications are now closed for our 2022 Belfast Trainee Solicitor Programme.

Applications for our 2023 Belfast Trainee Solicitor Programme will open in Autumn 2022.

Key dates and vacancies

To find out about key dates and to apply for current vacancies click here.

If you have any queries in relation to our Trainee Solicitor Programme or your application, please contact us at:

Summer Intern Programme

We are now accepting applications for our NI Virtual Summer Intern Programme. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 25 March 2022.

Our Summer Intern Programme will offer you the opportunity to learn about our culture, life as a lawyer and complete various tasks to give you a taste of what life at a corporate law firm can be like.

Interns will attend one of our programmes

Programme 1

  • June

Programme 2

  • August

Please submit your online application via the following link

If you have any queries about our Summer Internship Programme or your application please contact