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Graduate recruitment, Ireland 

Who we are looking for?

We develop some of the most innovative and inspiring Lawyers in the industry. At Eversheds Sutherland we look for the brightest and the best. We want well rounded individuals with a passion for law.  We look for candidates who have achieved a 2:1 or above in their degree. All FE1’s must be obtained before commencing a traineeship.

Why choose Eversheds Sutherland?

Eversheds Sutherland isn’t your usual international commercial law firm. We pride ourselves on being different. As a trainee you will get first-class training, international opportunities along with the chance to deal with top quality clients on major deals and transactions.

Many of our solicitors began their careers as trainees in the Firm and retention of newly qualified solicitors at Eversheds Sutherland remains an important objective of our Firm. As the Irish member of Eversheds Sutherland International, this provides opportunities to gain international experience. This includes taking part in our trainee secondment competition whereby the successful candidate has the opportunity to complete four weeks in one of the international offices.

Eversheds Sutherland also has a very active CSR committee which organises health and wellness initiatives as well as community and environmental work. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and fairness in all areas of employment and to valuing the diversity of our colleagues and clients. As an trainee you have the opportunity to get involved in any of the organised diversity events or become a member of our Diversity Committee.

The Traineeship Programme lasts for 32 months. During this time each trainee will complete four rotations. This gives our trainees the opportunity to experience different areas of our Firm so that they can find a practice area that best suits them. Rotations are completed in any of our departments including; property, commercial, litigation and banking along with any of our specialist area which consist of; employment, tax, insurance defence, healthcare, pensions, construction and procurement.

You will receive a competitive salary (including full payment while attending PPCI and PPCII courses). Each trainee will attend numerous commercial education and ‘know-how’ seminars run by our Knowledge Centre along with departmental seminars and updates.

We believe that regular performance reviews ensure that our trainees are getting the most out of each rotation. Each trainee receives a mid-rotation review and an end of rotation review with their instructing partner or solicitor. Both types of review meetings provide an open forum for trainees to receive constructive feedback on their performance, strengths and career prospects. Review meetings also afford trainees the opportunity of expressing their future rotation preferences and interests as they develop.

As a trainee your voice is important. We hold bi-monthly trainee committee meetings which give trainees an opportunity to meet to share thoughts, suggestions and ideas for improvement.


My experience as a Trainee in Eversheds Sutherland

As a trainee in Eversheds Sutheland you are afforded the opportunity to work on high profile and complex transactions across a broad range of sectors for clients at both national and international level.

From the moment you start you are viewed as a valuable member of the team and as such are entrusted with a high level of responsibility. This can of course be challenging however it provides for an incredible environment to learn and develop your skills. 

Through working closely with Partners and solicitors I have gained invaluable experience in areas such as client interaction, drafting and legal research amongst others. The Firm also provides specific training and Know-How sessions for trainee development as well as regular firm wide seminars on commercial and legal areas of interest.

There is a fantastic team spirit within the Firm and everyone is more than happy to help you if you need guidance. This atmosphere is cultivated further through regular talks, numerous social events and sporting activities such as tag rugby, football, running and gym classes.

Trainees are also given the chance to spend part of their traineeship working in one of the European offices as part of the Secondment Programme.  You are also encouraged to get involved in the numerous CSR events or the important pro-bono programmes which the Firm operate.

The experience I have gained through my own teams and through collaboration with other departments in my short time here has been brilliant and I am excited to be developing my skills with Eversheds Sutheland.

Lorcan Doocey, Trainee Solicitor (Summer Intern 2014)

Apply now to our Traineeship Programme

Applications for our Traineeship Programme are now closed.