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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.7 / 10

(based on 56 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The partners and solicitors in every team I have worked in have been really great mentors. They have been great at getting me involved in work and have provided me with feedback on a regular basis. I feel like the teams I have worked for really do recognise and appreciate the work that I have completed. They have also been extremely patient and have taken time out of their busy schedules to put work that I am doing in context and to help me understand the bigger picture."
Third year trainee,
"I have found solicitors to be very accessible, but some partners are less so. An open-door culture is encouraged but partners are often too busy to approach. Two reviews are scheduled per seat, though the mid-seat may not happen if partners feel they lack the time. A recently launched mentoring programme, where an associate is buddied with a trainee, is a very welcome development. Most lawyers are thankful for the work you do."
Second year trainee,
"Each trainee has two reviews per seat, which is helpful in terms of feedback and boosting confidence. Team members are generally appreciative of the work done for them and will take the time to give constructive criticism so that no mistake is made twice."
Second year trainee,
"Solicitors and partners are very committed to the training programme, particularly as many started their careers in the same manner. Each trainee is given a solicitor buddy and an associate guide who are key points of contact for your professional development and time at the firm. Partners conduct both mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews and this frequent feedback ensures that you are aware of your progress and areas of improvement."
First year trainee,
"My partner has been an excellent mentor. I imagine it varies across the firm; however, I have had a very positive experience. Teamwork is greatly encouraged in my present seat."
Second year trainee,
"You generally have to ask for performance feedback but you do get it when you ask. In my experience, the associates and partners are excellent mentors and are genuinely interested in seeing you improve and progress."
First year trainee,
"The majority of solicitors and partners are very approachable and are good mentors. They take the time to listen to trainee concerns and may implement changes where possible."
Third year trainee,
"We don't always get direct feedback on work due to time pressures but solicitors and partners are always happy to take the time to give feedback if you ask for it."
Second year trainee,
"We are paired with buddies who act as mentors. Buddies are paired based on personalities. The firm operates a very open-door policy and, as such, partners/associates and solicitors are accessible to trainees."
Second year trainee,

2015

"Trainees are free to discuss any legal issues or problems with the more experienced fee earners on their team. This is a very valuable learning resource."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"A&L Goodbody operates an 'open-door' policy, and everybody on my team is super approachable and encourages questions to be asked."
First year trainee, Dublin
"Solicitors, associates and partners give ongoing feedback on your work and how you're getting on in general. This is almost universal and is reflective of the culture of teamwork in the firm. In addition, there is a more formal mid-seat and end-of-seat review which helps you to get a sense of how well you're doing."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"My partners have been extremely accessible and approachable in terms of gaining context around the transactions I have been involved in. I receive regular performance feedback and recognition when I have worked diligently."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The team that I have been working with has been excellent mentors and have helped me in every way. Each person has taught me something different. I have found that the newly qualified and the solicitors qualified for two/three years are extremely helpful and approachable and have really added to my first rotation."
First year trainee, Dublin
"We have a great system of reviews every three months which provides trainees with valuable feedback. On an informal basis, solicitors and partners offer great guidance on how different tasks should be done."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"All of the solicitors and partners that I have worked for have been very accessible and open to answering my questions. My partners have been excellent mentors."
First year trainee, Dublin
"There is a 'buddy' programme - where new trainees are appointed both a fellow senior trainee and junior fee-earner buddy, to help ease their transition onto the team. There is excellent natural (not forced) mentorship."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"I think that both the teams that I have had seats on have made a great effort to give me feedback and also to explain transactions and matters to me. Partners, associates and solicitors have all taken time to make sure I understood what I was doing/what the team was doing and why."
Second year trainee, Dublin
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