Belfast Trainee Programme

Our programme is designed around the personal talents, skills and interests of each trainee. We support each individual to become a unique and expert lawyer – our focus is on your potential.


Dublin Trainee Programme

The Trainee Programme focuses on developing a number of core skill areas, which are essential to your success as a lawyer.

These include:

  • Advanced legal research for commercial practice
  • Advanced writing and drafting
  • Negotiation
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • People
  • Practice management
  • Business development

At every stage of your training and development, you will be encouraged to push boundaries and to get involved in work of the highest calibre in an environment designed to support your professional growth and development.


Applications are currently closed.

Trainee Programme Brochure

Trainee Programme Brochure

As an Arthur Cox trainee, you will advise market-leading domestic and international clients. You will work as an integral part of a team with lawyers who are experts in their fields and who are committed to giving you unrivalled opportunities for professional growth and development.

Our trainees share an office with a partner or senior associate. This gives you invaluable exposure to high quality work and clients, allows you to learn from the experts and helps you to build meaningful life-long connections. The benefits of these connections last long after traineeships are completed, and it is yet another example of practical steps we take in the pursuit of legal expertise and excellence for our trainees.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The ethos of equality, diversity and inclusion is deeply embedded in the organisational core values and the overall vision of the firm.

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One of the things that sets our Trainee Programme apart is that our trainees do five rotations instead of four. Trainees will complete a rotation in each of the main practice areas – corporate, finance, litigation and property as well as being encouraged to choose a niche area that they are interested in. We also offer our trainees the opportunity to complete a rotation in our London office. Upon qualification you will have an in-depth knowledge and experience of all aspects of our firm and can make an informed decision regarding your future area of specialisation.

Our trainees now have the opportunity to complete a rotation in our Pro Bono practice. This aligns with the firm’s commitment to pro bono work and to developing and maintaining a co-ordinated, focused, well-balanced, and meaningful pro bono scheme. The pro bono trainee will work closely with the team to provide pro bono legal services to a wide range of clients, from individual refugees and social enterprises to not for profit organisations.

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business is one of the key components of the way we work. We are committed to developing a programme that is both impactful and sustainable.

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At Arthur Cox, we understand the importance of socialising and camaraderie within the workplace. So much so that we have a dedicated social committee who arrange a wide variety of social events throughout the year including cycling, quizzes and even talent competitions!

Trainees are heavily involved in the social activities of the firm. While these events have been chosen to appeal to a wide range of interests, it is up to each trainee to choose what to invest in for their own personal and social development. Whether it is tag rugby, volunteering, using our onsite state-of-the-art gym or singing in the Arthur Cox choir, we are sure that you will find something that appeals to you.

I found the traineeship really rewarding. There’s a warm atmosphere in Arthur Cox and the support has been great. I would really recommend the Arthur Cox trainee programme, it’s a great way to kick-start your career.



Kerry Burns
Trainee, 2022 Intake

Belfast Trainee Programme

Our programme is designed around the personal talents, skills and interests of each trainee. We support each individual to become a unique and expert lawyer – our focus is on your potential.

We host regular open evenings at our office (Victoria House, Gloucester St, Belfast) where you will have the opportunity to tour the office, meet with partners, associates and trainees, and attend our CV and interview skills workshops.

The Process

Completed applications should be sent by email only to [email protected] by 5.00pm on 27 October 2023, and should include:

  1. the application form (available here);
  2. a covering letter setting out why you should be selected for the role; and
  3. a detailed CV.

In addition, the completed Monitoring Form (available here) should be sent as an attachment to a single email entitled “2024 Trainee Application MF” to [email protected].

From the applications we receive, our Trainee Committee makes an initial selection of candidates. We will notify those candidates selected for interview as soon as possible.

Offers will be made shortly after that. We look forward to reading your application and we wish you every success.

Remember, you do not need to have completed an internship prior to applying for a place on the Trainee Programme.


Applications are currently closed.

Let’s Talk

If you have any questions, or to learn more about the Trainee Programme.