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Recruitment & Trainee Section

Recruitment & Trainee Section2022-05-17T11:29:17+01:00

At KOD Lyons Solicitors we pride ourselves on our recruitment policy, recruiting talented individuals who are enthusiastic and interested in working in our specialist fields. We encourage and welcome applications for roles such as Solicitor/Trainee Solicitor/Legal Executive/Legal Clerk positions from all sections of the community, for all of our current and future opportunities.

We believe that training and development is a continuous process throughout one’s career and we collectively support continuous professional development within the office. This ensures our team are skilled and knowledgeable, motivated and capable of fulfilling their respective roles, and personally developing their skill sets to fulfil their potential.

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

We are committed to providing opportunities for dedicated and talented candidate. It should be noted that a significant portion of our lawyers, originally trained in our office.

We are committed to equal opportunities and developing a diverse workplace.

TRAINEE PROGRAMME

The KOD/Lyons traineeship 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, under the direction of our solicitors. 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, enthusiastic and capable of acting on their own initiative;
  • Have a record of strong academic achievement;
  • Have excellent people and communication skills;
  • Can demonstrate an interest in human rights and public interest law.

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

We will update this section once positions are available for new traineeship opportunities, but if you are seeking any further information in relation to these opportunities, please contact Eoghan O Sullivan, Solicitor, of our office at eoghan.osullivan@kodlyons.ie.

KOD LYONS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME 2022

Every year at KOD Lyons Solicitors we accept applications for our two-week Summer Internship Programme.  This programme runs from the start of May to the end of July with each intern being given a two-week slot to gain experience and a flavour of what it is like to work in a high paced Human Rights and Public Interest Firm.

We endeavour to make sure that our Interns get experience in all of the various practice areas that our office specialise in.

Unfortunately, due to Covid we have been unable to accept applications for our Internship Programme over the last 2 years. However, we are delighted to able to announce that we intend on running the programme in 2022.  We will be opening applications on 1st February 2022 with a closing date of 5pm on 18th February 2022.  If you are interested in applying for our Internship Programme, please email a cover letter and your CV to Eoghan O Sullivan, Solicitor of our office at Eoghan.osullivan@kodlyons.ie.

DCU INTRA PLACEMENT PROGRAMME

KOD Lyons have been associated with the DCU School of Law and Government and their DCU INTRA Placement Programme since 2018. We have been privileged to been able to take on a number of fantastic INTRA Placement candidates, for placements that run for an academic year, as part of their undergraduate programme.

These INTRA Students are assigned to various departments within KOD Lyons and are given responsibility for dealing with clients and their matters under the supervision of Solicitors and a department Partner.

RECRUITMENT HISTORY/PROGRESSION

KOD Lyons has a proud history of identifying talent through our various recruitment programmes, offering candidates opportunities and watching them progress. Partner Stephen Kirwan, Solicitors Eoghan O’ Sullivan Solicitor and Ruth Walsh Solicitor all began their careers with us through our Internship Programme.  They were each offered traineeship positions, due to their hard work and contributions to the office culture and are now qualified, permanent and important members of our team.

Trainee Solicitors Isabelle Mannix and Niamh Osborne both joined us though yearlong college placements from UCC and DCU respectively prior to being offered traineeship positions.

If you are interested in applying for a position or one of our programmes in KOD Lyons Solicitors please contact Eoghan O Sullivan, Solicitor, at Eoghan.osullivan@kodlyons.ie for more information.

OPEN POSITIONS

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.

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Why join KODLyons?

You can get a flavour for why you might join KODLyons by listening to our latest Activist Lawyer podcast featuring KOD Lyons’ Criminal Defence and Human Rights Solicitor Eoghan O’Sullivan. Eoghan talks about his journey and how be became a member of KODLyons

Eoghan then moves on to discuss the importance of Activism, in that it brings about positive changes to those who may be disadvantaged or negatively impacted by the systems within society, and that we need to protect their rights.

Eoghan fights for his clients on a daily basis, be it their liberty, equality or welfare. 

He believes that there needs to be a change in legislation which protects a child once they have become an adult, and that funding is needed to help children to stay away from any negative activity and criminal lifestyles.

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

Meet Stephen Kirwan

This Activist Lawyer podcast features 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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