Before I started in the firm I wasn’t at all sure a corporate career was for me, but my expectations of the internship were more than exceeded. I was placed in the Employment team for my internship. Over the four weeks I spent time in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, in client consultations and the High Court. No two days were the same, and I found the experience really rewarding and incredibly interesting – one thing I never was in the whole month was bored!
Interns are thrown right in to the work of the firm, and given real responsibility straight away. I shared an office with an associate, also my intern facilitator, who was so supportive and gave me loads of opportunities to learn. I sat in on counsel briefings and meetings with clients, and got to see every aspect of the team’s work.
As well as time spent in the office, there was a great social scene in the firm. We were invited to the firms charity fundraising lip sync battle, had a relaxed mini golf evening and a definite highlight was our goodbye dinner cooked in front of on the flames of a tepanyaki restaurant! The firm is also really considerate of its intern’s circumstances, and provides free accommodation for those who live outside of Dublin. This was a huge help because the work, although interesting was tiring and it was great to not have to worry about a huge commute or trying to find short-term city accommodation.
I really enjoyed my four weeks in Arthur Cox and it completely changed my mind about corporate law in the process. If you’re a considering a career in corporate law, or even if you’re not, I really urge you to apply!