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A&L Goodbody

Satisfaction with Work

7.7 / 10

(based on 60 ratings in 2018)

2018

"I am given a huge amount of responsibility for a first year and I get to engage with clients daily."
First year trainee,
"My day-to-day role has varied in each team that I have worked with. However, I feel that the one constant is that my role matches the level of commitment that I give to the work. As such, I have been given more responsibility during each seat by working hard and showing a willingness to learn. Tasks that I work on include drafting reviewing documents, attending client meetings and preparing emails of advice for clients based on research that I have done. There are also tasks that are usually assigned to trainees, such as making filings and taking attendance notes, that I do from time to time."
Third year trainee,
"I feel satisfied with the work I am given on a daily basis. It is varied and research-based. Dull tasks, such as making books, come around every now and then but everyone has to do this at some point."
Second year trainee,
"I'm assigned high-level work that can be very challenging but fulfilling."
First year trainee,
"I'm very satisfied. I have been given much more responsibility since becoming a second-year trainee and I have a lot more direct interaction with clients (attending board meetings and taking calls with clients for example). My day-to-day role is very much dependent on the work that partners receive. It will typically involve researching queries, preparing memos of advice, having work reviewed by more senior team members and communicating with clients."
Second year trainee,
"I am happy with the work I am assigned. As I am currently in litigation, my role involves a lot of preparation for court, compiling books and doing research etc. I often attend court on my own and brief barristers, which I feel are great opportunities for me to take ownership of what I am working on and I am grateful for the responsibility."
Second year trainee,
"I am very satisfied with the work that I am assigned. There is a wide variety of work and it can differ vastly on a day-to-day basis."
Second year trainee,
"I am generally given a variety of work that keeps my working day interesting. I have been lucky to train on teams with very different work streams and this has contributed to an interesting and engaging traineeship. My role can vary from doing complex research to managing the closing and signing of a transaction. It can be a tad stressful being pulled in a number of different directions when it is busy but it is an excellent learning experience."
Third year trainee,
"I have been very satisfied with the work I have been assigned in my first rotation. I have had a huge variety of work from drafting bespoke fund documentation to more general corporate and client letters. I have been able to attend board meetings with clients and interact with the national regulator. From time to time I am assigned research tasks and the firm's extensive investment in knowledge has made these tasks enjoyable and well supported."
First year trainee,
"I'm very satisfied with the quality of work I receive. I check in with all my fee earners and inform them when I have capacity to take on more work and people make a conscious effort to get me involved. Equally, the team is very mindful when I am under pressure and have a lot on my plate. The mid- and end-of-seat reviews are very helpful for identifying where your strengths and weaknesses lie and how to best address them going forward."
First year trainee,

2015

"In my current seat I deal with clients directly on a daily basis, and this allows me to build good relationships. Day-to-day responsibilities vary from scanning documents and scheduling, to drafting and negotiating contracts with lawyers acting on the other side."
First year trainee, Dublin
"My day-to-day responsibilities include liaising with clients and other law firms over different matters, research and drafting various documents. I have a lot of client interaction, with the oversight of the partner."
First year trainee, Dublin
"My role as a trainee involves researching points of law, drafting advice for clients and assisting my team in preparing documents, correspondence and advice."
First year trainee, Dublin
"I have had a great deal of client interaction which has been instrumental in aiding my personal development. I engage daily in drafting necessary transaction documents, following up on queries with clients, research and spreadsheet management for loan sales."
First year trainee, Dublin
"My team are very good at ensuring the trainee is involved in the transaction in a meaningful way. I have good client interaction, a lot of responsibility in drafting documents and liaising with the various parties."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"In my role I have a very varied range of responsibilities. The amount of client interaction also varies depending on the information needed from respective clients to make applications or submissions on their behalf, but it is more than I expected at the outset."
First year trainee, Dublin
"Some seats and teams place a greater level of responsibility on trainees than others. However, overall a high level of trust is placed by the firm in its trainees to carry out what can often be time-sensitive and/or key tasks. There is also good scope for trainees to interact with clients throughout their four seats in the firm."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"I provide general support for all the more senior members of the team. This ranges from general administrative work to researching to drafting and other work. The amount of client interaction I have had has increased as the seat has progressed. I believe I am being given more responsibility now than when I started the seat."
Second year trainee, Dublin
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