Summer Internship Programme

The purpose of our Summer Internship Programme is to give you a real insight into our work, people and culture, so that you can decide if Matheson is right for you. You will experience what life in a law firm is really like, working alongside our talented legal and tax professionals and trainees on transactions for international companies and financial institutions.  

You will spend four weeks working as part of the team in one of our main departments: Corporate, Finance and Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Commercial Real Estate and Tax. The work will be challenging and interesting and you will also get to enjoy an active social life.

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 motivation with the right attitude, drive and ambition

Benefits of working at Matheson

  • 4 weeks work experience in a practice area working on innovative projects for internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland
  • Continuous training and education focused on developing drafting, research and presentation skills
  • Opportunity to network with others in the firm through social events
  • Feedback and support throughout your internship

Developing your expertise

During your internship, you will work with lawyers and trainees in our practice areas on real transactions and projects. You will be treated just like a trainee and will be invited to attend and participate in team and client meetings.

Before you commence your placement, you will spend some time settling in and getting to know other interns. This will give you a great introduction to the firm, its structure, main practice areas and activities, and will help you to familiarise yourself with our systems and procedures and generally get a feel for our culture.

You will work closely with one of our trainees, so that you can experience what it is like to be a trainee lawyer in Matheson. Our trainees will show you around, introduce you to people, and offer support and encouragement when working on cases.

Training and development

During the four-week programme, you will receive legal skills training, from research skills to the fundamentals of company and corporate law.

Our training focuses on providing you with the skills to become a successful commercial lawyer, including how to provide an excellent service to our clients and how to present complex legal issues in a simple and understandable manner. You will also receive personal development training, which focuses on your presentation and teamwork skills.

To ensure you enhance these skills during the four weeks, you will be required to complete a written legal research assignment and presentation. At the end of the programme an appraisal meeting will take place to discuss your performance and experience during your internship.

How to apply

Our Summer Internship Programme is now open for applications.  Please click here to complete your online application form.

At Matheson, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and to embedding diversity, inclusion and innovation into everything we do.

To further strengthen our innovative recruiting initiatives for diverse graduate talent, we are pleased to introduce the Watson Glaser critical-thinking online assessment into our recruitment process. The Watson Glaser assessment represents an innovative approach in the objective selection of our future lawyers. 

The Watson Glaser assessment has been designed to recognise candidates who have a solution focused approach and will be able to adapt to the needs of our clients.  The assessment questions will focus on your ability to draw inferences, recognise assumptions, make deductions, interpret information and evaluate arguments.

Click here to complete a sample Watson Glaser assessment.

If you have any questions regarding our application process, please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate team directly at graduate.recruitment@matheson.com.

Key dates

Date Time University Event Location
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 2:30 pm - 4:40 pm UCC Law Society's Annual Career Fair Devere Hall
Thursday, 23 January 2020 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm TCD Internship Fair The Westin Hotel
Tuesday, 28 January 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm UCD Internship Fair TBC
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm NUIG Internships and Graduate Opportunities Fair Bailey Allen Hall