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Professional Internship Programme

  • Fully paid internship 
  • Guaranteed traineeship interview 
  • Assigned a Trainee buddy from day one 
  • Daily interaction with Partners 
  • Full induction and training programme 
  • On-the-job training 
  • Team and individual projects



Professional Internship Programme


Our Professional Internship Programme has been thoughtfully structured to ensure that you gain an invaluable insight into life as a lawyer at the Maples Group. We make every effort to ensure that you are exposed to an interesting and diverse range of work. The Professional Internship Programme is our primary recruitment method for future trainees, providing an excellent platform for those interested in securing a training contract with us. 

The programme has two intakes of four weeks each, during June and July. In 2021, we adapted our Internship Programme to take place on a fully virtual basis. 

The programme included a mix of remote training; department, committee and global talks; various workshops, Q&A sessions and a number of social activities. 

All internship placements in our programme are paid and offer you the opportunity to work alongside Partners, Associates and Trainees in one of our core practice areas - Corporate, Employment, Finance, Funds & Investment Management, Litigation, Property and Tax - for the duration of your internship.


We welcome applications from anyone who has completed at least two years of an undergraduate or graduate degree in any discipline. Postgraduate students or those who have completed their studies are also encouraged to apply, including those who have work experience and have already completed FE1 exams.

Our Internship Programme offers you an insight into life at a truly global law firm enabling you to learn and grow while discovering the endless  opportunities available to you at the Maples Group.

Trainee Programme

Continuing professional development is at the core of everything we do at the Maples Group.  During your traineeship, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills with regular feedback sessions and experience a comprehensive training plan designed with our Trainees in mind.  Our goal is to ensure you develop and grow into successful, commercial, well rounded lawyers." 

Eimear O’Dwyer – Partner and Head of the Trainee Programme

Our Trainee Programme has been created to give you an introduction into the fast-paced legal world, while ensuring that your path from law student to fully qualified lawyer is as interesting and fulfilling as possible.

Trainee Programme

Our Trainee Programme has been created to give you an introduction into the fast-paced legal world, while ensuring that your path from law student to fully qualified lawyer is as interesting and fulfilling as possible. 

We offer a world-class training programme which includes secondment and travel opportunities in addition to first-hand experience working across the core areas of our full service, global law firm.


As a Trainee in Dublin, you will complete four rotations through our legal services practice areas which include Corporate, Employment, Finance, Funds & Investment Management, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, Property and Tax.   

These rotations will give you an opportunity to build up your knowledge, while discovering where your interests and strengths lie. 

We also offer a pre-seat rotation, which is completed prior to the beginning of the PPC course.  


Learning and development is a central part of our Trainee Programme. Our Trainee Programme has been designed to supplement the PPC course and includes a wide range of department specific workshops, seminars, and practice group insights. As you progress through your traineeship you will  have the opportunity to showcase your talent and creativity by putting your skills into practice. Presentation, drafting and other core legal and business skills sessions are also delivered throughout your traineeship and internal experts in addition to external providers deliver these sessions.

Throughout the Trainee Programme, you will have an opportunity to share an office with Partners , offering you the chance to become acquainted with senior professionals where you’ll be exposed to different working styles while learning the key skills required to become a successful lawyer. 

Continued professional development is an important aspect of your career with the Maples Group and feedback is a central part of your of the programme.  There is a mix of informal and formal feedback and we actively encourage you to ask questions throughout your traineeship.


Our Trainee Partner Committee will provide day-to-day support in each of your rotations.  They are responsible for ensuring that your professional development progresses  during the time spent in each department. 

Your Training Partner will play an active role from the beginning of your traineeship with the firm right through to qualifying as an Associate in the firm.  The role of the Training Partner is to act as a coach and mentor, providing guidance and support throughout your training programme.   

You will meet with your Training Partner regularly during your traineeship.


Each year, our Dublin Trainee Programme allows selected trainees to complete an overseas rotation in our Hong Kong, Cayman Islands and Jersey offices. Further secondment opportunities, including client secondments, are often offered to selected trainees in each intake, depending on the needs of the firm and our global client base.

The Professional Internship Programme gives you the opportunity to see if a traineeship with us is right for you, and is the first step in your career with the Maples Group.


There are a number of benefits for those participating in our Professional Internship Programme including:

  • Invaluable insight into a global organisation 
  • Department preference / interest taken into account
  • Opportunity to build relationships and network across the firm 
  • Feedback and support throughout intern programme 
  • Great social events 
  • Bursary scheme 


Applications are now open and will close at midnight on Monday, 7 February 2022

The selection process involves a complete online application, followed by an interview with two of our Dublin based Graduate Recruitment Partners. 

Interviews will take place on a video conferencing call or onsite in our Dublin office, depending on national COVID-19 guidelines at the time. 

As part of our application screening process, we have implemented a blind screening approach to ensure the focus is not only on academics  but on all aspects of a candidate's application. 

In addition, our Graduate Recruitment Partners have all completed comprehensive unconscious bias training.
Representatives from the Maples Group will take part in a number of virtual university career fairs in autumn, providing further details on our Professional Internship Programme.  We will also host a number of Employer Engagement events throughout the academic year. 

Should you have any queries, or if you are interested in pursuing a career with the Maples Group but are not in a position to complete an internship please get in touch by emailing


A key advantage of our Trainee Programme in Dublin is the relatively small size of our intake, which allows better exposure to a range of work and experiences. Other benefits include:

  • Competitive salary 
  • FE1 Reimbursement 
  • Law Society Fees 
  • Full salary payment during PPC 
  • Pension scheme 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Life assurance 
  • Critical illness cover 
  • Income protection cover 
  • Educational Assistance 
  • Taxsaver 
  • Bike to Work 
  • Conveyancing service 
  • Banking@Work 
  • Dress for your day policy 
  • 20 days annual leave 
  • Overseas Secondments 
  • High level of work exposure 
  • Comprehensive Training Plan 
  • Trainee Partner and Trainee Committee 
  • Support Networks 
  • Feedback and support throughout training programme 
  • Dedicated Social, CSR, Health and Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion and Environmental committees 
  • Subsidised fitness classes 
  • Regular social events 


Candidates who embody the firm's culture and values: Excellence, Communication, Integrity, One Firm, People and Teamwork.


If you are interested in participating in the Dublin Trainee Programme, please apply via our 
Professional Internship Programme

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on Monday, 7 February 2022


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Frequently asked questions


"What really stood out to me was how open and friendly the environment was within the firm. Everyone at all levels of the firm, whether trainees, HR staff or partners were all really engaging and keen to get in touch and lend a hand with the tasks we had been assigned."

Robert Wilson  - Tax Intern

"I found the Professional Internship Programme to be incredibly engaging, even in a virtual environment I felt connected to everyone at Maples. I didn’t realise how interactive the internship was going to be and the transition to an online platform was so smooth!"

Mahnoor Choudhry  - Litigation Intern

"It is so inclusive. You are made to feel part of the team as soon as you come in. People take a genuine interest in you and in what you want to do. There is a real emphasis on your development ."

Fiachra MacElhatton  - Trainee

Monday 24 January – DCU Law Society Legal Speed Meet | 5:30 - 8:30pm

Tuesday 25 January – UCD Internship Fair | 1:00 - 4:00pm

Wednesday 26 January – NUI Galway Internship and Graduate Jobs | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday 26 January – UL Spring Careers Fair | 11:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday 27 January – Trinity Careers Service Summer Internships Fair | 12:00 - 3:00pm

Monday 31 January – TCD Law Society Annual Careers Fair | 6:00 - 9:30pm

Tuesday 1 February – UCC Law Society Careers Fair | 1:00 - 3:30pm

Tuesday 8 February – UCD Michael Smurfit Business School Spring Internship and Careers Fair | 12:00 - 4:00pm


Representatives from the Maples Group will take part in a number of virtual university career fairs in 2022, providing further details on our Professional Internship Programme.

We are delighted with the success of the Maples Group's Professional Internship Programme which we ran on a fully virtual basis this summer.  We very quickly adapted our approach to allow us to deliver all of the content on a digital platform.  Our full programme was completed on a 100% remote basis, giving the interns the best virtual experience of the Maples Group, allowing them to make connections across our business and gain relevant and interesting experience". 

Patrick Quinlan – Graduate Recruitment Partner