Law graduates urged to sign up to intern scheme
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter yesterday advised a room full of newly qualified solicitors to sign up to the Government's internship scheme if they fail to find a job.
His advice to the fledgling lawyers was that it was up to them to persuade non-hiring law firms to take them on.
He said unemployed young solicitors should sign up for the Government's internship scheme, JobBridge, after which many will find "they are offered full-time, permanent work".
Addressing a parchment ceremony for newly qualified solicitors at the Law Society of Ireland at Blackhall Place in Dublin, Mr Shatter said he recognised that young lawyers were entering the profession at a time of "unprecedented difficulty" when more than 1,000 solicitors were unemployed.
"There are law firms in this city and all around the country that don't yet know they need you," he said, adding there were 74 solicitors working as interns, which is "far too few".