I am a first year trainee in A&L Goodbody. I studied Law at Queen’s University Belfast and worked as a paralegal at another firm before applying for a traineeship with ALG. I didn’t participate in ALG’s Summer Internship Programme, however the firm’s recruitment process and open evening allowed me to get a real feel for the firm before I joined.
I am currently on my first of four rotations, so over the course of my training I’ll get the chance to work in four different departments. At the moment I’m working with the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team and I’m really enjoying it. The weekly training and development workshops for trainee solicitors have been invaluable and have helped me to develop as a trainee. Combined with the access to a great Knowledge Centre with lots of resources, learning is made easy at ALG.
Life at ALG isn’t all about corporate legal work – there is a great social and corporate responsibility side too. The firm organises regular social events and encourages you to get involved in pro bono work. During my short time at ALG, I have attended quizzes and barbeques, and got involved in some local community work – spending an afternoon on a boat decluttering the River Liffey! I am also involved with the Mercy Law Resource Centre, which provides free legal advice to people at risk of homelessness.
The work that the firm attracts the training you receive and the social and community culture of the firm makes ALG a really great place to work.