Maynooth University is an internationally recognised institution and is the nation’s fastest growing university. One of four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth University in 2019 placed #43 in the global top 100 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Today, Maynooth University is a place of lively contrasts–a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.
At the Department of Law, we are committed to the study of law in a global context. The increased potential for international elements to any legal issue – from property law to environmental law, from banking law to criminal law, from family law to employment law – has meant that lawyers have to possess skills that transcend one national jurisdiction.
The Department has a global focus and interdisciplinary approach to research. We prioritise research that involves collaboration with other institutions, nationally and internationally, and with other disciplinary perspectives. We are constantly expanding our collaborative network, building connections with universities at home and abroad, civil society groups, and legal professionals.
This project, under the supervision of Dr Fergus Ryan, involves research into the pathways to earning legal professional qualifications in selected jurisdictions outside of Ireland. The purpose is to determine how a graduate of a law programme at Maynooth University (BCL, LLB, and LLM) may qualify as a lawyer in selected external jurisdictions, and the steps and pathways open to them to achieve this goal.
There is a growing interest among MU law students in acquiring legal professional qualifications in various foreign jurisdictions following completion of their law degrees. The routes to qualification, however, are often complex and intricate. We are receiving an increasing number of requests for information, and we would like to be able to point students towards accurate, straightforward, and clear information on the most popular options. It is hoped that the information would be included on our website as a resource for students and prospective students.
The role of the trainee
The trainee will be asked to research how law graduates from the Maynooth University law programmes (BCL, LLB, and LLM) may qualify as lawyers, solicitors, barristers, and attorneys in several of the jurisdictions in which students express the strongest interest, including England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, various different parts of Canada, Australia, and the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and in select EU jurisdictions. The purpose is to compile accessible and understandable information on qualifying abroad as a lawyer, and to broadly advise on the feasibility of various legal professional pathways.
The benefits to the trainee
This may be of particular interest to a student with an interest in learning more about the legal profession internationally, about careers development, EU law on freedom of establishment, aspects of immigration law, and internationalisation.
EUR 200.00 per week
English - Good
Good research skills are desirable.
Remuneration is €200 per week before deductions. Deductions and taxation is to be confirmed due to the nature of the traineeship as remote.
Graduates and current undergraduates welcome, preferably in law. Must at least have completed year 1 of undergraduate degree, preferably in law