Each year, Maynooth University Department of Law arranges special work placement schemes for undergraduate and postgraduate students with leading law firms, NGOs, and other organisations.
The Department of Law’s Work Placement Scheme for undergraduate students provides them the opportunity to experience working in a top commercial legal practice. These opportunities allow students to build their skill sets, their confidence, and their effectiveness as team members. A successful placement not only earns our graduates credibility with a particular employer, it shows performance in a workplace environment that other graduates can only promise.
Students on all of our undergraduate programmes are eligible to apply for placement opportunities. Both BCL and LLB students apply to the Department of Law in their second year of study. The application process is competitive and the best candidates are put forward for interview to the relevant firm(s).
For BCL students, the Work Placement year is an additional year between Years 2 and 3. For LLB students, the Work Placement year also takes place during Year 3, but students are required to complete Year 3 modules in their final, fourth year, in lieu of the optional modules ordinarily offered to Year 4 LLB students. Students graduate with either a BCL (with Work Placement) or an LLB (Clinical) degree.
Previous placement partners have included Matheson, A&L Goodbody, McDowell Purcell, Griffin Solicitors, McCann Fitzgerald, William Fry, Mason, Hayes & Curran, and The Medical Council.
Congratulations to the following students, who have been selected to spend the next year of their legal studies on work placement in top law firms:
- At A&L Goodbody, Alannah Burns (LLB), Lochlainn Garvey (LLB), and Greg Flynn (MLS Professional)
- At William Fry, Conor Forde (LLB)
- At Mason, Hayes & Curran: Ailbhe Lawless (LLB)
The Department of Law also offers placement opportunities at the postgraduate level.
Students have the chance to apply, on a competitive basis, for an Advocacy placement. Through the Advocacy module students take placements in:
- Community Law and Mediation,
- Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention,
- Transparency International Ireland,
Information on the 2016-2017 Advocacy Placement is available here
Placements are also offered to postgraduate students through other LLM modules. Through the Public Procurement Law module, LLM (Global Legal Studies) graduates Harry O’Malley and Andrew Farrelly are completing placements at specialist commercial law firm Philip Lee. And through the Funds Law module, Ronan Califf (LLM in Global Legal Studies) and Shane O’Callagahan (LLM in International Business Law) are completing placements in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group of Matheson.
Summer Placement Opportunities
The Department also organises a two-week long summer internship with KOD Lyons, a leading Irish Criminal Defence and Human Rights firm. This summer, Lynn Burtenshaw (LLB) will be undertaking this internship.
Additionally, the Department sends two final-year students on the summer-long Superior Courts Internship Programme each year. This summer, Rachael Doyle (LLB) and Ross Power (LLB) have been selected to complete this internship programme.