Frequently Asked Questions
Finding the right fit can lead to a few questions. At Matheson, we believe that you should have all the information you need to hand.
Are you interested in a career in law but unsure how to go about it? Here are the key steps to becoming a lawyer with Matheson.
- Complete and pass your primary degree.
- Successfully obtain an apprenticeship through one of the following:
- Our Summer Internship Programme; or
- Our Trainee Programme.
- Pass the Final Examination - First Part, commonly known as the FE1’s. This consists of eight exams which can be completed in October and April each year. You have the choice to do eight exams together or to do them over time. You must pass all eight exams before you can begin your Professional Practice Course I, known as PPCI.
- Attend PPCI in Blackhall Place, Dublin and pass the course examinations. This runs from September to April each year.
- Spend a period of 11 months as a trainee lawyer in Matheson. During this time you will complete two rotations in different departments.
- Attend PPCII in Blackhall Place, Dublin and pass the course examinations, running from April to June each year.
- Serve the remaining 10 months of the two-year term of apprenticeship following completion of PPCII. During this time you will complete two rotations in different departments in the firm.
- After completion of the two-year term of apprenticeship, you will become a qualified lawyer and will be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors.
The purpose of the application form is to give us a sense of who you are both academically and as a person. Many of the questions have been designed to show us aspects of you as a person - your interests, your achievements both academic and personal and your perception of Matheson. You should view the application form as an opportunity to show us who you are and why we should select you for interview.
Take your time completing your application form. It can take a couple of hours to get it right but the effort will be worth it if you secure an interview. The questions asked by different firms may look similar, but it is unlikely you will be able to use exactly the same answer each time. Get someone you trust to review your application form before submitting it and ensure your form is free of spelling and grammatical errors – attention to detail is an important skill for a lawyer to have. Ensure all your contact details are correct as these are the contact details we will use to notify you if have been successful or not.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to Matheson in mid-November for an interview. During your visit you will also get to meet some of our trainee lawyers. Our interview process is a two-stage process and is designed to identify motivated, creative and focused individuals, who are passionate about law and delivering top class legal advice to our clients.
The purpose of the interview process is for us to get to know you and for you to find out more about Matheson and the work you will be involved in. Some key things to remember about your interview:
- Be prepared. You should know why you want to work with Matheson and what you understand about the work we do. Our website is a good place to start.
- Be punctual and dress professionally. You should make sure in advance you know where our office is (details are on our website) and allow enough time to get to the interview.
- Relax. In the interview, you should take time to think about your answer. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.
- Be honest, be concise and be yourself.
- Feel free to ask any questions you may have at the end of the interview.
- Do your homework: read your application form, visit our website and read recent business media.
- Formulate your thoughts: be prepared to explain why you chose to interview with Matheson and why you are a good fit for us.
- Look the part: always wear proper attire and greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.
- Be positive and project a good attitude, show your interviewers that you are interested in a career with Matheson.
- Listen to the questions asked by the interviewers and answer the questions clearly and concisely. Refer to a mix of academic experience, work experience and extra-curricular activities during the interview.