Graduate Programme

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Trainee Programme

We recognise the value in investing in our trainees. Our Trainee Programme is enhanced by our informal and friendly working environment which encourages learning and professional growth while gaining hands-on experience.

If you are offered a traineeship following your internship, we will pay your Law Society fees and a competitive salary and benefits package while you are at Blackhall Place. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in a traineeship with us, please apply via our Summer Intern Programme. The Intern Programme is our primary means of sourcing potential trainees. Running from June through July (over two 4 week periods), this paid Programme provides an excellent work experience platform for law students interested in obtaining a training contract in a large law firm.

The application process for our 2019 Summer Intern Programme has now closed.  Applications for our 2020 programme will open in September 2019.


Trainee Testimonials

Sarah Moynihan, Trainee, BCLI at University College Dublin

“I felt like part of the team from the very first day. I was assigned a Partner to work with and a trainee “buddy” to help with any queries I had. Everyone was really approachable and friendly. During the four weeks, I attended court on a number of occasions, assisted with drafting documents and researched many interesting areas of law. I felt that I contributed meaningfully to the work of my team and as a result, I gained an invaluable insight into the work of a commercial law firm.”

Dearbhla Cantwell, graduate of Law with French Law (BCL) at University College Dublin

"My 4 week summer internship was spent in the Corporate Dept. of the firm, where I received a variety of work including research projects, practical drafting experience and was also included in meetings and calls with clients. The entire department were extremely welcoming and patient with any queries I had. I very much gained an insight into trainee working life in the firm and felt very involved from the start.

The Summer BBQ was also held during my internship and was definitely a highlight for me as it was a great opportunity to get to know people from other departments. Overall, the internship provided a well-rounded overview of working life in the firm and I feel that the Internship Programme is a true reflection of the Trainee Programme here. For me, this is what sets Mason Hayes & Curran apart from the experience provided in competing law firms."

John Milligan,Trainee, LLB in Trinity College Dublin

“I interned in the commercial litigation department in Mason Hayes & Curran at the same time as completing my LLM, and found that the firm were extremely accommodating, both in terms of the timing of my placement and by allocating me to a department which complemented and enhanced my studies. 

The work was very practical – I was immediately involved in calls with key blue-chip clients yet the team were so welcoming and approachable that I found the challenge to be enjoyable as well as thoroughly productive. Other tasks I undertook varied from research and drafting to accompanying and assisting colleagues attend court on a frequent basis. 

I also found the social element of the internship programme in MHC to be a unique selling point. There was ample opportunity to network with others through the ‘buddy system’, the Tag rugby team, and the summer bbq which was a personal highlight. Overall I would rate the programme as second-to-none due to the exposure to an excellent team, the exciting social opportunities, and as a stepping-stone to life as a trainee solicitor in a top firm.”      

Naomi Pollock, graduate of Bachelor of Laws (BL with LL.B.) at Trinity College Dublin

"I interned in the Public and Administrative Law Department, where I was exposed to an incredibly varied workload concerning high profile cases and diverse areas of law. I felt the firm had tried to match my placement with my profile, which was very encouraging.

Although the work was challenging, I never felt out of my depth, as from trainees to partners, there was always someone willing to offer their expertise or a helping hand, ensuring I felt involved and understood the cases I was assisting with.

It was more suitable for me to intern during the academic year, regarding which the firm was highly accommodating. Although I was the only intern in the office at that time, the experience was not at all intimidating. I truly enjoyed the internship, and thus the decision to pursue my career with Mason Hayes & Curran was an easy choice."

Joseph Maxwell, graduate of Bachelor of Laws (BL with LL.B.) at Trinity College Dublin

“I completed my internship in Mason Hayes & Curran during the summer of my third year in Trinity College. The work I was given as an intern was varied and challenging. I was placed in the Child Protection team where there is an emphasis on litigation so I was often down in the District Court or the High Court. When back in the office, I was given plenty of research tasks ranging from summarising cases to writing articles. The open floor plan of the office was a real plus if I needed help with any of this work as everyone was very approachable.”

Nikki Evans, Business and Law (BBLS) at University College Dublin

"The quality of the internship programme and the opportunity to be offered a traineeship in one of the top 5 leading commercial law firms in Ireland was at the forefront of my decision to apply to Mason Hayes & Curran. The internship programme here stood out to me as promoting a ‘hands on’ approach. 

Mason Hayes & Curran was the most approachable in terms of interview process. I felt the firm really wanted to get to know what kind of person I was. I got on well with the partners who interviewed me and I liked the idea of working in an open plan office.

The firm places a large emphasis on well-being and interests outside of work. While pursuing my professional career as a solicitor, I am also currently a member of the Irish Senior Hockey Team. We narrowly missed out on qualification for the Olympic Games for Rio 2016. To date, I have managed to successfully combine my work, studies and international hockey career. I could not have done this without the continued support of Mason Hayes & Curran."