Why William Fry
Meet Our Trainees
When can I apply?
You can apply during your final year in college or anytime afterwards. We currently have openings for both 2017 and 2018 with starting dates as early as January 2017. Our online application form must be completed and submitted by 5.30pm on Thursday 20th October 2016, interviews will be held in November and offers will be made soon afterwards.
Do I have to be a law graduate to apply to train as a Solicitor?
No, we consider candidates from all academic disciplines. But you do need an excellent academic record, some work experience (not necessarily legal) and a strong desire to become a leading Solicitor.
I want to train as a Solicitor - do I have to pass my FE-1 exams before applying?
No, of course not. You can apply before you sit your FE-1 exams but you must pass them before you start with us. For more information on when these exams are held and what they cover please consult the Law Society of Ireland website
What about careers in Tax?
If you feel you might be interested in a career in Tax we would suggest that you first do a rotation in our Tax Department. We would then consider how best to structure your Traineeship so that on qualification as a Solicitor you had the best possible starting point to pursue a second qualification as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
Can I train to be a Solicitor and Tax Consultant at the same time?
No, you will not be able to follow both career paths at the same time and our offers will be for Law Traineeships. However you may be able to do a rotation in tax and add tax as a further qualification over time.
What about secondments and working abroad?
There are often opportunities for Trainees to do secondments in our London office and with clients both in Ireland and abroad.
When can I start as a Trainee?
Typically Trainee Solicitors join either in September when PPC I starts at Blackhall Place or earlier in the same year if they wish to gain experience before going to Blackhall Place.
How long does it take to train?
A Solicitor Traineeship takes a minimum of 2 years and 7 months - the key elements are 2 professional courses at Blackhall Place (PPC I and PPC II) and roughly 17 months of in-office experience at William Fry.
Do you offer jobs to Trainees when they qualify?
William Fry has a strong track record as regards retention when Trainees qualify and a policy of filling vacancies from our Trainee pool. We currently expect to be able to retain all of our Trainees.
If my application was not successful before can I apply again?
Of course. Tell us what you have done since you last applied or were interviewed and we would be delighted to consider you again.