Internship Opportunities

The School of Law is delighted to invite applications for the following internships:

  1. Office of the Attorney General: 2-week internship during June/July (open to all students)
  2. Chief Justice Summer Internship Programme: month-long internship from June 18th – July 12th, open to final-year and masters’ students only

How to Apply:

Applications should consist of a CV and cover-letter and be submitted in hardcopy to the School of Law (by depositing to the Internship Applications box on the second floor of Tower 2) by or before midday Thursday 4th April 2019. Further details are available below and by contacting Ursula Connolly at Ursula.connolly@nuigalway.ie Applicants may be requested to attend an interview. Students may apply for one or both internship opportunities but must submit a separate application for each. Both internships are unpaid.

Office of the Attorney General Internships

The Office of the Attorney General has two positions for a 2-week unpaid internship during June or July 2019 (exact dates are determined by agreement between the student and the Office of the Attorney General).

About the Office of the Attorney General:

The Attorney General is legal adviser to the Government and attends Government meetings. The Attorney General advises the Government on the constitutional and legal issues which arise prior to or at Government meetings, including whether proposed legislation complies with the provisions of the Constitution, Acts and Treaties of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights or other international treaties to which Ireland has acceded. The Attorney General also advises as to whether the State can ratify international treaties and conventions. The Attorney General represents the State in legal proceedings. The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and the Chief State Solicitor's Office are both constituent parts of the Attorney General's Office.

About the internship:

Some of the duties that interns are expected to undertake are as follow:

  • Attend at weekly group meetings to discuss legal developments relevant to the group, and to plan upcoming work.
  • Familiarise themselves with and analyse cases (typically litigation and advisory cases, and in some instances relating to legislative drafting) being dealt with by the group.
  • Research and write reports on legal issues of importance to the work of the group.
  • Attend at the High or Superior Court on behalf of the Office.
  • Report to the Office on case developments.
  • Attend consultations on behalf of the Office with client Departments.
  • Subject to confirmation, take part in a tour of Leinster House.
  • Subject to the Attorney's availability, meet with the Attorney General.

Chief Justice Summer Internship Programme

This Chief Justice Summer Internship Programme provides students with a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the work of the Supreme Court by participating in a month-long internship from June 18th – July 12th 2019. There are two internship places available and participating students will join students from 7 other participating Universities (including Fordham University, New York). Applications are open to final-year and masters’ students only.

About the Internship:

  • Students will be assigned to a judge or judges during the course of their internship
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend court sittings from the various courts including the High Court, Supreme Court and Criminal Courts of Justice
  • Students may be required to carry out research on behalf of their assigned judge
  • The internship has a social aspect which includes meeting with various judges and meeting students from the participating Universities.

Some feedback from previous participating students includes:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Chief Justice's Summer Internship Programme and honestly cannot recommend it highly enough.  It was an immersive and hands-on experience.”  

“… the most impressive thing was the willingness of other members of the judiciary, outside of our appointed judges, to interact and engage with us throughout the Programme.”



Traineeships with the EU Institutions

There are some fantastic traineeship positions with the EU institutions with closing dates from the end of this month. These include:

  • European Court of Auditors paid traineeships (Luxembourg) – Duration 3-5 months. Open for applications until 31 January 2019, start dates in May and September. More information here.
  • European Committee of the Regions paid traineeships (Brussels) – Duration 5 months. Open for applications until 31 March 2019, start date in September. More information here.
  • European Commission paid Blue Book Traineeship programme (Brussels, Luxembourg, across EU Member States) for start date in October 2019. Deadline is 4 February 2019. More information here.
  • Council of the European Union paid traineeships (Brussels) – Duration 5 months. Open for applications on 1 February 2019 until 15 March 2019 for start date in September. More information here.
  • European Ombudsman paid traineeships (Brussels) – Duration 4-12 months. Open for applications from 1 February until 31 March 2019, start date in September. More information here.

For more information on graduate traineeships, and on other types of traineeships offered by the institutions, you can visit the relevant EPSO webpage here.

 Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD) programme

The EU is now accepting applications for its Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD) programme. Closing date is Jan 31st, more information is available here.

Legal Internship Opportunities

Dr Brian Tobin discussing student career development at the School of Law

Student Opportunities

Careers in Law Week 2018

Careers in Law Week, an initiative by the School of Law organised by Ursula Connolly in conjunction with the Career Development Centre, takes place on the week of Monday 24th September 2018.

The highlight of the week is the Law Firms’ Fair and Reception at the Bailey Allen Hall at 3.30pm on Monday 24th September. Students will able to meet representatives from Ireland’s top law firms, network and learn about life in a law firm through interactive panel sessions with partners and trainees from the firms. Ronan Daly Jermyn, Arthur Cox, Matheson, A&L Goodbody, McCann FitzGerald and Eversheds will be among the many law firms represented on the day.

Further information on careers events can be obtained by contacting Ursula Connolly, Director of Student Career Development, directly at ursula.connolly@nuigalway.ie.

Careers in Law Week 2018

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