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Trainee Programme

Our Trainee Programme has been created to give you an introduction to the fast-paced legal world, while ensuring that your path from law student to fully qualified lawyer is interesting, fulfilling and filled with an opportunity to learn. 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, Data, Commercial & Technology, Employment, Finance, Funds & Investment Management, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, Property, and Tax.

Your first rotation or pre-seat will take place in advance of attending the Professional Practice Course (the PPC) in the Law Society in September of each year. This allows you to kick start your career and get to know the other trainees in your intake prior to starting PPC.

It is important for us that each of our Trainees is involved in shaping their own career path and as such your areas of interest will be taken into account when assigning the various departments that you will gain experience in. These rotations will give you an opportunity to build your knowledge, while discovering where your interests and strengths lie.


Learning and development is a central part of our Trainee Programme. Our Trainee Programme has been designed to supplement the PPC 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 by both internal and external experts.

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 will experience 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. This committee is responsible for working with you to ensure 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.

"Here in the Dublin office of the Maples Group, our Trainee Programme continues to go from strength to strength. We recognise that our trainees are fundamental to the future of our Maples office here in Dublin. During your traineeship, you will have the opportunity to experience a truly international legal environment, working with lawyers across our global offices. You will work with a number of our practice groups throughout your rotations. The opportunity for secondments to our international offices is something which is an invaluable part of our Training Programme, allowing our trainees to experience first-hand what it means to be part of One Firm.

We offer our trainees a well-rounded training experience to allow you to shape your career and ensure you develop and grow to become excellent, commercial and entrepreneurial legal advisors to our outstanding global clients. Here at Maples we recognise that our employees come from a wide variety of diverse academic backgrounds and we welcome and value the input and ideas from all of our employees, including our trainees. You will benefit from a comprehensive structured training plan, designed to help all of our trainees achieve their potential, as well as regular feedback and mentoring throughout your in-office training to ensure you receive the support you need throughout your trainee programme. We are excited to begin this journey with you"

Lynn Cramer
Partner and Head of the Trainee Programme


As a global organisation which values a culture of collegiality, we are keen to allow our Trainees to experience life in our other offices. Each year, our Dublin Trainee Programme allows successful trainees to complete an overseas rotation in one of overseas offices with potential locations including Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Luxembourg and London offices. Further secondment opportunities, including client secondments, may be offered to selected trainees in each intake, depending on the needs of the firm and our global client base.

"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


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:

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What we look for

A diverse range of candidates who embody the firm's culture and values: Excellence, Communication, Integrity, One Firm, People and Teamwork.

How to apply

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

Applications for our Internship Programme are now open and will close at midnight on Monday, 13 February 2023.

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Get in touch

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 [email protected]