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Training contracts - Republic of Ireland

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The best training experience possible

On our tailored programme, we give you the best training experience possible, with a full, balanced introduction to the legal profession.

Purpose-led

We make business work better for people

Retention rates

We are proud to retain 80% of our trainees

Comprehensive Training

We deliver core and complementary training

Induction

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On our tailored programme, you'll enjoy a full, balanced introduction to the legal profession. As well as high quality work and unique levels of responsibility and client exposure, you’ll experience personalised development opportunities that take your individual interests, ambitions and needs into account.

It all starts from the moment you accept our offer, with a programme of events and communications leading up to when you join the firm and take your first steps to becoming a qualified lawyer.

 

Training and seat rotation

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On our two-year training programme, you’ll develop and hone the technical legal skills and complementary skills you need to become a newly-qualified Solicitor and business advisor.

Throughout the programme you’ll gain broad exposure to different areas of the firm by moving seat every five to six months. The training in each seat is ‘front loaded’ to enable you to quickly develop legal knowledge of each area and take on real responsibility. When you qualify, you’ll have a fully informed idea of which practice areas interest you and can take your career to the next level in your chosen specialism.

Our Graduate Development and local HR teams will support you throughout your Training Contract, from liaising with the wider business on seat allocation, to meeting with you regularly to offer support and guidance.

 

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If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

 

Law school sponsorship

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Applicants to our Dublin Office must undertake the Professional Practice Course I and the Professional Practice Course II (PPC I & PPC II) during their Training Contract.

As a firm we’re keen to recruit the most talented people, whilst ensuring fair access to the profession. That's why we cover the cost of the tuition fees for these courses.

 

A focus on detail

With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.

An interest in business
An interest in business

We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.

Confidence
Confidence

With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.

Intellectual capability
Intellectual capability

You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions. With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.

Openness
Openness

You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.

Personal drive
Personal  responsibility

You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.

Personal responsibility
Personal drive

You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.

Self-organisation
Self_organisation

You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.

Our recruitment process

We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than three months after the application deadline. The below shows a typical recruitment and selection process. This may be subject to change depending on government guidelines and restrictions in relation to COVID-19. You’ll be given full details of the process in relation to your own recruitment as appropriate.

    Trainee retention

    Our investment in your training means we’ll do everything possible to continue your career with us after qualification. We carefully control the number of Trainees in the business to maximise retention.

    Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further and allow you to quickly learn and develop. At the moment, we retain 80% of our Trainees.

    Newly-Qualified (NQ) selection process

    We run a fair and transparent NQ selection process. Our Graduate Development team work with the business to identify which roles are available and circulate a list. You’ll be able to apply for any relevant, available vacancies across the firm’s offices.

    The recruitment process is centrally managed and includes interviews and technical skills assessments. The outcomes will be based on your performance at assessment and throughout your training contract. This gives you every opportunity to further your career with a leading, well-respected firm in your chosen area of law.

    Continuous professional development

    After qualification, you can look forward to a variety of development opportunities that will enable you to become a specialist in your chosen area. With a wide range of courses available through the Pinsent Masons Academy, as well as in your practice area, you’ll have plenty of scope to develop your skills, add to your responsibilities and build a successful career.

     

     

    • How many Training Contracts do you offer each year?

      Usually, we offer around 68 Training Contracts each year across the UK and 4 in our Dublin office. We review this regularly to make sure it reflects our business needs.

    • Do I need to take a Summer Internship to be offered a Training Contract?

      Our Summer Internship programme offers an ideal opportunity for you to understand the firm, our values and culture and vice versa. However, we completely understand you could have other commitments that prevent you from doing an Internship, so we also run assessment centres for direct applicants.

      In an Internship is not possible for you, our Virtual Work Experience programme is a fantastic alternative. 

    • Can I defer my offer?

      Yes, if you want to defer your start date for 12 months. We look at these on a case-by-case basis, taking our business needs into account. If you want to defer, you should give us reasonable notice before your agreed start date by contacting us at [email protected]

    • If I have previous legal experience, can it count towards my Training Contract?

      Our Training Contract gives you experience-based professional training across four seats. This means you experience a variety of teams and gain a well-rounded view of our business. If you have extensive legal work experience, you can apply for ‘Credit’ and we’ll consider your case in line with the Law Society of Ireland guidelines and the needs of the business.

    • Do I get to choose my seats?

      You can let us know which seat you’d prefer for each move and we’ll do our best to meet your request, in line with Law Society of Ireland guidelines and our business needs.

    • What is your retention rate?

      We aim to retain as many Trainees as possible and at the moment our retention rate is upwards of 80%. We can only offer the positions which have been identified as part of our NQ process. That’s why we encourage you to keep an open mind about the practice area and location you’d like to qualify in.

     

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