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Legal Research Access Internship

Background Information

The Legal Research Intern Access Scheme has been created to provide an internship opportunity in the Law Reform Commission for current final year or post-graduate students in law who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds or have disabilities.

The internships will provide successful applicants with paid work experience in a legal environment and the opportunity to develop skills and confidence as part of a research team.

The aim of the access internship is to increase diversity in the legal profession and to improve access to opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Through the access internship, we seek to promote greater diversity in the legal sector. We are mindful of the evidence of indirect barriers to entry to legal professions which are likely impact on socio-economically disadvantaged groups in particular (Hook Tangaza (2018) Review of Legal Practitioner Education and Training).

Public bodies in Ireland have a responsibility to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of their employees, customers, service users and other affected by their policies and procedures. This is a statutory obligation known as the Public Sector Duty for Equality and Human Rights. The statutory duty is set out in Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act. While the Law Reform Commission is an equal opportunities employer, we have created this access scheme to further promote equality.

Role of a Legal Research Intern

Under the supervision of the Director of Research, Deputy Director of Research and a Senior Researcher, the Legal Research Intern will:

complete research tasks to assist with providing a legal research service to the Commission,
assist a Senior Researcher with preparing draft papers, Consultation Papers or Reports covering law reform,
attend and participate at conferences and meetings, and
undertake such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Commission.

The Legal Intern’s contribution will be acknowledged when a Consultation Paper or Report on a relevant project is published. 

Essential Requirements

Candidates must, on or before 1 April 2021

  • Be in their final year of study towards an honours degree or an equivalent qualification (at least a Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in Law or a qualification, acceptable to the Law Reform Commission as equivalent, in which Law was taken as a major subject; or
  • Be pursuing a post-graduate qualification in law; and
  • Have accessed a Higher Education Institution through an Access Programme / Access Route as school leavers, or mature students.

In addition, candidates must possess and be able to demonstrate:

  • A good knowledge of Irish law and the Irish Legal System (including EU Law) and, ideally, knowledge of the ECHR system.
  • Relevant undergraduate legal research experience.
  • Good information technology skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • The ability to write and present research/information in a concise, accessible and plain English style.
  • The ability to plan, prioritise and monitor tasks in an organised way.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills.

Eligibility

Candidates must be permitted to work in Ireland.

Stipend

A stipend is available for successful candidates of €471.20 per week less applicable deductions, including Payment Services Withholding Tax.

Duration

The internship will be of two-months’ duration.

Applicants should be available to commence during the month of June or July 2021. Some flexibility around start dates will be afforded.

Hours of Attendance

Hours of attendance will be as fixed from time to time but will amount to on average not less than 43 hours and 15 minutes gross or 37 hours net per week.

Some flexibility in hours of work can be afforded in consideration of any caring responsibilities.

Place of Work

Successful candidates would ordinarily be based at the Commission offices, Styne House, Upper Hatch Street, Dublin 2. However, it is likely that the internship will be completed remotely due to the ongoing restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Remote internships can also be facilitated for those based outside of Dublin who may be unable to locate to Dublin for the internship.

How to Apply

The application form is available at www.lawreform.ie. Please see full details at https://www.lawreform.ie/internship.891.html

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