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Eversheds Sutherland Traineeship programme 

Your Traineeship programme

At Eversheds Sutherland you will work with some of the most innovative and inspiring lawyers in the industry with access to a network of leading advisors based in our offices across the globe. You will receive first class training and international opportunities along with the chance to deal with top quality clients on major deals and transactions.

We see our trainees as the future of the firm. Our commitment is to support, nurture and develop our trainees to become confident and effective legal advisors.

We are looking for well-rounded candidates who are ambitious, bright, passionate about law and ready for the challenge ahead.

Our culture

In Eversheds Sutherland we believe in our values. Our ambition is to work by them in everything we do. Our values are the result of extensive consultations, discussions and focus groups held across multiple areas of the firm. Values are not just words on walls or on our website, they are something we are accountable to and define the way we behave.

The behaviours around our values make our culture strong and our firm a great place to be! In everything we do, we thrive towards our values.



  • Collaborative -  We leverage our collective talents for the benefits of our clients and each other and we prize teamwork and relationships
  • Creative – We are innovative and creative problem solvers, providing an enhanced client and employee experience by not being bound by custom or convention
  • Professional – We deliver quality and excellence and act with the utmost integrity at all times
  • Inclusive – We foster a diverse, inclusive culture which places respect and support for everyone at its core and empowers all our people to fulfil their potential
  • Open – We are approachable and nurture a culture of transparency and openness

The core programme


Our trainees complete four rotations and are required to attend two full time courses run by the Law Society of Ireland – PPCI and PPCII. Rotating to four different areas of the firm, provides our trainees the opportunity to experience different areas of law so that they can find a practice area that best suits them. Each trainee completes a rotation in Real Estate, Corporate (inc IP/IT) and Litigation as well as a specialist rotation - Employment, Tax, Education, Banking, Pension, Funds and Construction and Projects.

At Eversheds Sutherland you have the option to complete a pre seat rotation (subject to business requirements). A pre seat rotation is completed prior to commencing PPCI. Pre seats run from April to July or May to August each year.

Rotation feedback

We recognise the role regular feedback plays in a trainees journey to growth and development. Regular performance meetings ensure that our trainees are getting the most out of each rotation. Each trainee receives a mid-rotation review and an end - rotation review with their instructing partner. The review meetings provide an open forum for trainees to receive constructive feedback on their performance, strengths, development areas and career prospects.

Support from the start

We understand the importance  of development and growth to you. Your role here will be stimulating and enriching with a variety of development opportunities; you will have a clear career path and regular assessments so you are aware of your progress. Our L&D team have developed a training programme that will equip you with the skills and tools needed to be successful:

Trainee competency development framework

Our trainee competency development framework assists trainees in understanding their role and the skills needed to be effective. It provides transparency and clarity around career progression in the firm and the competencies and technical competencies of the trainee role.

Classroom training

Our post PPC1 induction programme is focused on supporting you throughout your traineeship, in order to help you to achieve your goal of becoming a technically skilled and confident adviser. The programme has been designed on the basis of the trainee competency framework and is also aligned to the trainee role expectations and the firm’s values. The programme covers a wide variety of topics, including business writing skills, an introduction to business development and managing your personal effectiveness.

Learning on demand

Our trainees have access to a wide variety of on-demand online learning materials via our learning management system. This gives our trainees the chance to access learning whenever they need it from wherever they are.

Professional Support Lawyers (PSLs)

Our PSLs provide support and practical working knowledge to our trainees and are also available to help with any ongoing technical queries. In addition, they provide practice specific training at the start of each rotation to ensure our trainees learn in a formal setting and on a practical level. Trainees attend monthly department meetings and receive monthly bulletins from the PSL’s keeping them up to date with any developments in the practice area.

Knowledge Centre

Our trainees need quick and easy access to current and authoritative information. Our knowledge centre offers a diverse range of resources and services to help trainees achieve these business objectives. Our department specific trainee memos contain all the information that a trainee will need to know about working in a particular department.

Your voice

As a trainee your voice is important to us. The trainee committee organise quarterly meetings which gives trainees the opportunity to share feedback, ideas and suggestions.

Our Trainee Committee (made up of partners and HR) meet on a monthly basis to discuss and review the traineeship programme and any queries/suggestions that have arisen from the trainee group to consistently improve and develop the programme and experience.

Trainee secondment opportunity

Being an international law firm brings international opportunities for our trainees. Secondments give our trainees access to new experiences whilst also taking some time to explore a new city!

As a trainee with Eversheds Sutherland you will have an opportunity to complete four weeks work experience in one of our international offices. Our trainees have travelled to Paris, Milan and Madrid to mention but a few locations.

Read about Niamh's experience in our Madrid office:

Niamh Diskin, winner of the 2018 trainee secondment competition. 

Niamh DiskinI took part in the 2018 Eversheds Sutherland trainee secondment competition and was fortunate  enough to be selected to complete a secondment in one of our European offices; Stockholm, Munich, Paris, Milan or Madrid.

I chose to spend a month in Madrid as part of the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) team in the Eversheds Sutherland Nicea office. The team acts for clients in the entertainment sector, including record labels and well-known musicians, in plagiarism disputes, copyright infringements and privacy issues.

One of the most interesting projects I worked on was a diversity and inclusion initiative, whereby I researched the parameters within which personal information can be requested from employees under data privacy regulations to assess the diversity of their workforce.

I also liaised with colleagues from the Employment Law Department to determine the categories of information which can be requested from employees from a Spanish labour law perspective.

From getting to know our Spanish colleagues to exploring the city of Madrid, I thoroughly enjoyed the secondment and I am very grateful for the support of the firm for facilitating the experience.

Niamh Diskin (Trainee, 2019).


 Madrid Secondment    Madrid Secondment Eversheds Sutherland

Did you know that we recently launched a podcast channel...?

Eversheds Sutherland Inspire podcast 

Our podcast channel 'Eversheds Sutherland Inspire' is designed to help students and graduates gain an insight into working in an international law firm. 

Our first episode is on 'My Summer Internship Experience' and it gives you an insight into how the two interns being interviewed, Bridget and Jeffrey, got on during their 11 week internship programme. Please find the podcast in the Apple podcast app by searching 'Eversheds Sutherland Inspire' or by clicking here.

To learn more about our traineeship click here to download our information brochure.

Applications for our traineeship programme are now closed.

Trainee benefits

Monetary benefits

  • Competitive salary (including full payment while attending PPCI and PPCII courses)
  • Reimbursement for FE1 examination costs
  • Tax Travel Saving Scheme
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Employee Saving Scheme


  • Dedicated learning and development programme
  • PSL services
  • Knowledge Centre
  • Regular feedback meetings
  • Learning on demand
  • Further educational assistance (upon qualification)


  •  22 days annual leave (inclusive of Good Friday and Christmas Eve)
  • 4pm finish on Friday before bank holiday (May, Jun, Aug)

Risk and Healthcare

  • Life assurance
  • Free online GP service
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Health and wellbeing – health checks, flu vaccinations, health seminars

Additional benefits

  • CSR committee/ inclusion and diversity committee
  • After hours policy (meal and taxi allowance)
  • Bank at work
  • Dry cleaning on site
  • Social and Sport committee
  • Trainee weekend away
  • Involvement in pro bono work

Career Fairs

Keep an eye out for information on our attendance at next years university career fairs.

How to apply

Applications for our traineeship programme are now closed.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from:

  • All graduates
  • Students who have completed at least three years of their degree
  • Students from all degree disciplines

How to apply

Applications for our traineeship programme are now closed.

Next steps

  • Complete and submit your application
  • There are two rounds of application screening to select candidates for interview
    • Firstly our graduate recruitment team review all applications
    • Secondly successful applications are screened by our trainee committee
  • Successful applications are selected for interview
  • Verbal and written offers are extended to successful candidates


To contact our graduate recruitment team with any queries please email our HR Manager, Orla Murphy at or phone +353 1 6644200 and ask to speak to Orla. 

Stay informed!

To learn more about our traineeship programme, please connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

We have also launched our podcast channel - Eversheds Sutherland Inspire. Please check it out to gain an insight into working in an international law firm.