Recruitment & Trainee Section

Recruitment & Trainee Section2021-09-09T12:16:42+01:00

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals who are interested in working in our chosen specialist fields. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of the community for all our current and future opportunities.

We believe that training and development is a continuous process throughout one’s career and we support continuous professional development. This ensures our people are skilled and knowledgeable, motivated and capable of fulfilling their role, and personally developing their skills for their future career.

We are committed to ensuring that all our employees have equal access to training and development opportunities.

We are very committed to providing opportunities for dedicated and talented people to qualify as solicitors and a majority of our lawyers originally trained with us.

We are committed to equal opportunities and developing a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We deal with all candidates transparently and fairly.


The KOD/Lyons trainee programme is designed to help trainees acquire all the skills and knowledge necessary to become first class lawyers. Trainees benefit from extensive hands on experience in a variety of areas. Our trainees undertake responsible work with direct client contact. With a wide range of departments, each headed by a specialist in their field, KOD/Lyons is in a position to offer one-to-one mentoring to trainees in their area of interest. Our trainees are encouraged to participate in our in-house training and CPD.

At KOD/Lyons we have a dedicated Trainee Mentor who will engage in periodic reviews to monitor the progress and goals of each individual trainee.

When recruiting trainees, we look for candidates who:

  • Are confident and capable of acting on their own initiative;
  • Have a record of academic achievement;
  • Have excellent people skills;
  • Have demonstrated an interest in criminal and public interest law.

We provide study leave for FE1s and are compliant with Law Society regulations on terms and conditions for trainees.

We have joined forces with a number of third level institutions including Trinity College Dublin, NUIG and DCU to provide placements for undergraduate students and we also provide a summer internship programme to enable students to sample life and work in a busy human rights practice.

For further information regarding recruitment and employment opportunities, please contact Colleen Gildernew, Partner by emailing colleen.gildernew@kodlyons.ie

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At KOD Lyons we recognise that people are our greatest resource, and we strive to provide a supportive and motivated working environment where our staff are developed, both personally and professionally. We have a diverse workforce and are committed to maintaining this.

Why join KODLyons?

You can get a flavour for why you might join KODLyons by listening to The Activist Lawyer podcast featuring KOD Lyons’ Associate Solicitor Stephen Kirwan. Stephen, now one of Ireland’s leading Immigration Law specialists, talks about how KODLyons was instrumental in his journey to public interest law. 

Stephen covered driving licenses for asylum seekers, mother and baby home abuses, child benefit cases, a shared Ireland, life as a campaigning legal activist, advice for students. All here and more in conversation with @ankeaglemor

If you’d like to discuss anything in this podcast you can contact Stephen directly.

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