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A week in the life on an intern: Adam O'Sullivan

For the next MHC Intern Life, we talked to Adam O'Sullivan, who has just finished his final year in International Commerce with Spanish in University College Dublin. Adam describes his second week as an intern here.

My second week as a summer intern here was a truly enjoyable experience. It was filled with interesting and engaging work, informative talks, and fun social activities.

The week began with a knowledge session with the excellent team of knowledge lawyers here. The team briefed us on our case note assignment. The assignment is a great way to learn more about the courts system in Ireland and how judgments work. Reading the judgments is fascinating and writing case notes with the help of the knowledge team is great experience for working in the world of law. I found the experience to be beneficial in learning the important task of summarising long judgments into concise pieces. The great thing about the internship here is that alongside the departmental work you do during the day you are given other tasks to help foster your practical legal skills such as the case note assignment as well as the group project.

On Tuesday my team for the group project had the wonderful opportunity to take part in a library resource session run by one of the librarians here in the firm. Cliona showed us how to make use of our extensive library catalogue alongside helping us find resources from other legal databases to assist us in our group project. My team is looking into EU Medical Device Regulation and Cliona was a great help in easing any stress we had in researching this topic.

I am working with the Banking team in the Financial Services Department during my Internship and on Wednesday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a board meeting with the team. It was such an exciting opportunity to be able to attend my first board meeting and get hands on experience into how the industry actually worked. I found the meeting to be very informative and I think this firsthand experience assisted me greatly in learning how the banking industry worked.

During the week the interns also attended several talks. I always enjoy these talks as they provide a comprehensive view into the firm due to their diverse nature. We get to hear from newly qualified solicitors on their route to qualification, partners on life as a commercial lawyer as well as from different departments in the firm such as the Diversity or Marketing teams.

The latter half of the week was packed full of social activities for us interns. On Thursday afternoon the Trainees put on a challenging table quiz for us. It was an extremely competitive affair as all the interns wanted to come out on top to win the €100 Milano voucher. The quiz provided a great setting for us interns to get to know each other better.

As June is PRIDE month the firm puts on several celebratory events. After our competitive table quiz on Thursday, we went straight to the Pride Drag Bonanza. Three drag queens took to the stage and put on a truly excellent show. Everyone was entertained and the mood was electric after the performance. Following on from this we joined the Trainees for drinks in Slattery’s.

After an action packed Week 2 I am really looking forward to seeing what Week 3 has in store for us!

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