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Laura Kennedy

Trainee Solicitor, A&L Goodbody

Degree subject: Law and Economics, University of Limerick
Job title: Trainee Solicitor

Employer: A&L Goodbody

I began my legal career at the University of Limerick, obtaining a degree in Law and Economics. I was interested in law from a young age but also wanted to keep my options open and therefore I chose a broad degree. One of my favourite things about this degree was that it incorporated an eight month work placement into the 3rd year of the course. Through this programme I secured a co-op placement with A&L Goodbody and spent my placement in the Commercial Property Department. Through this placement I got to experience life in a corporate law firm and see the practical aspect to the subjects that I was studying. This great experience confirmed that I wanted to pursue a career in the legal profession.

From that programme I was delighted to be offered a place on A&L Goodbody's Trainee Solicitor Programme. After leaving college I spent the following year studying for the FE1 exams and travelling around America before returning home to begin my traineeship. I am currently placed in the corporate department. My role is very diverse and I have been involved in multiple transactions ranging from corporate acquisitions, to listing companies on the premium stock markets in Ireland and the UK.  Daily tasks involve researching various company law provisions, drafting documents, attending client calls and reviewing documents. One of my favourite things about this position, and about A&L Goodbody, is the friendly atmosphere and open door policy. Everyone helps each other out and questions are always welcome and encouraged.

Advice for graduates

My advice for graduates would be to secure an internship or some other form of work experience where possible. From this experience you will gain an insight into the office environment and obtain the skills necessary to work as part of a team and in an office. These are key qualities which interviewers are looking for and will help to distinguish you from other applicants when applying for a traineeship.