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A&L Goodbody to create 40 graduate positions

From left, David Gilmartin, Elizabeth Colvin, Aisling McDonnell and Stephen Egan at the launch of A&L Goodbody's 5th annual Bold Ideas Student Innovation Award

CORPORATE law firm A&L Goodbody has announced plans to recruit around 40 graduates across Ireland over the coming months.

It is part of its trainee solicitor recruitment programme.

The company announced the plans as it launched its 2016 Bold Ideas Student Innovation Award.

It is asking university students to put together their 'Bold Ideas' to address the legal, business or political challenges facing Ireland, north and south today.

The law firm wants students to provide a solution or proposition that builds on Ireland’s reputation and success on the international stage.

Speaking about the competition, Mark Thompson, Head of A&L Goodbody in Northern Ireland said: "Bold Ideas is designed to inspire student creativity and bold thinking as they look at the country they want to help create for the future.

"We are one of the most successful countries in the world for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) however there are always challenges ahead. We want students to think of innovative and achievable solutions to these challenges."

Last year's winner, Diarmuid Hickey added: "The Bold Ideas competition is the single best thing I have done during my time at university.

"It gave me incredible opportunities to work with one of Ireland's most prestigious law firms and expand my knowledge on a topic that was new to me.

"The chance to present my idea in front of such a prominent judging panel was a very valuable experience, and I loved my time with A&L this summer. I would encourage all students to enter the Bold Ideas competition."

The first prize winner of the competition will receive €4,000 in cash and a summer internship at A&L Goodbody’s head office in Dublin.

The firm will also make a cash donation on the winner’s behalf to a charity of their choice. Runners-up will receive an iPad mini.

A&L Goodbody's trainee solicitor recruitment programme meanwhile offers graduates a paid traineeship, during which time they work across the firm’s practice areas.

The majority of trainee solicitors who complete the programme are offered a full-time position with A&L Goodbody.

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