Trainee Programme

Our trainee lawyer programme is the best in Ireland. Our commitment to our trainees is to provide them with the training and opportunities they require to become successful lawyers. Our programme is designed to help you make the transition from law student to qualified lawyer and to provide you with the knowledge, skills and expertise that our clients demand.

As a trainee lawyer in Matheson, you will have the opportunity to develop your expertise working alongside some of Ireland's leading lawyers.

In order for you to fully appreciate the depth and breadth of our client base, and so that you can gain as broad an experience as possible, you will complete rotations in four different departments during your two-year training programme. You will be directly involved in choosing these rotations.

What makes our approach to training unique is the focus we bring to developing your skills. Our comprehensive approach ensures that you develop the right skills through a combination of in-office partner and associate mentoring, project work, formal training sessions and regular feedback.

What we look for?

  • High academic and personal achievements
  • Candidates who fit well with the firm's values and culture
  • A clear level of understanding of what is required to work in a commercial law firm
  • Evidence of teamwork and taking responsibility
  • Evidence of self-motivation with the right attitude, drive and ambition

Benefits of working at Matheson

We are committed to investing more in the training and development of our people than any other Irish law firm.

We offer:

  • A competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • 23 days holidays per annum
  • Experience working in our practice areas with four rotations during your apprenticeship
  • Continuous training and education focused on developing legal, personal and client care skills
  • PPCI and PPCII fees paid
  • On-site gym
  • Subsidised restaurant and Starbucks coffee dock
  • Tax saver schemes (eg, Bike to Work and Travel schemes)
  • Sharing an office with a partner or associate, providing you with invaluable learning opportunities
  • Overseas and secondment opportunities as part of your future career
  • Annual trainee weekend away
  • Volunteering opportunities with Matheson Foundation charities

Developing your expertise

You will be working with the firm’s clients from the moment you begin your first rotation. You will be involved in some of the biggest cases and commercial transactions in Ireland in an exciting, deadline-driven environment.

In order for you to fully appreciate the depth and breadth of our client base, and so that you can gain as wide a range of experience as possible, you will complete rotations in four different departments during your time as a trainee. You will be directly involved in choosing these rotations.

Focus on people

Throughout your time as a trainee you will receive continuous support from your colleagues. The  partner or associate that you share an office with will be a rich source of practical advice. The firm’s solicitors are always available to answer questions and help in any way they can. You will have a real opportunity to continue to learn outside the structures of the training programme.

Training and development

As you grow and develop as a trainee lawyer with Matheson, your training and development grows with you.

We provide:

  • Dedicated legal education programmes to assist you with your continuous professional development
  • A highly successful mentoring programme designed to develop your legal skills and expertise
  • Personal development training to help you to develop your drafting and presentation skills
  • Focused client care training in order to provide you with the information, knowledge and skills required to have a successful career with Matheson.

How to apply

Our Trainee Programme 2018 will open for applications in September 2018.

Key dates

Date Time University Event Location
Monday, 25 September 2017 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm NUIG Law Firms Fair Bailey Allen Hall
Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm DCU Careers Fair The Helix
Monday, 2 October 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm UCC Law Roadshow Oasis Cafe, Student Centre
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am TCD Law Careers Fair The Dining Hall
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm UCD Law Careers Fair The Astra Hall, Student Centre
Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm UL Careers Fair Sports Arena
Monday, 9 October 2017 13:30 pm – 4:30 pm Maynooth University Careers Fair Ionthas building, North Campus
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UCC Kickstart Event Hayfield Manor, Cork
Thursday, 12 October 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dublin Universities Kickstart Event Matheson Offices, 70 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2