Innovative law firm,
Matheson, launches graduate competition asking university students
what one legal reform they would implement to encourage post-Brexit
business growth in Ireland by 2020;
Winning individuals will be
awarded a place on Matheson's summer internship programme and a
Matheson continue to invest
in top talent with the number of graduate training contracts
offered growing by 85% since 2013
Irish university students are to explore new ways of growing the
economy after the UK's vote to leave the EU as part of a new
competition launched today by leading Irish law firm Matheson.
Vision 2020 University Challenge' invites students to write
a 1000-word essay in response to the question "In a
post-Brexit economy, what is the one legal reform you would
implement to encourage business growth by 2020 in Ireland?" A
shortlist of entrants will then be invited to present their
proposal to a panel of Matheson judges.
Pioneered by law firm Matheson, and open to third level students
studying any discipline throughout Ireland, the 'Vision 2020
University Challenge' is designed to identify and encourage
talented students with an eye on Ireland's future. The
competition is open to team entries, with a minimum of two and
maximum of four team members.
The members of the winning team will each be awarded a place on
Matheson's internship programme, in addition to a €1,000
first prize fund for each member of the winning team. Members of
the second placed team will be awarded €500 each.
The Matheson graduate programme is open for applications until
Friday, 26 October. The programme provides graduates with a unique
opportunity to work across four different departments over their
two-year training programme and work alongside some of
Ireland's leading lawyers.
Headquartered in Dublin with offices in London, New York and
Palo Alto, more than 600 people work across Matheson's four
offices, including 74 partners and tax principals and over 350
legal and tax professionals.
Commenting on the launch of the 'Vision 2020 University
Challenge', Michael Jackson, Managing Partner at Matheson,
"Brexit poses unique challenges to Ireland while also
presenting some unique opportunities for Ireland. Attracting
foreign companies and talent to Ireland while protecting domestic
businesses from any adverse consequences of Brexit will require
innovative thinking and an ability to react to change. Today's
university students will graduate into a business environment that
will be adapting to these challenges and opportunities. They can,
and should, have a voice in contributing meaningfully to the Brexit
dialogue. As Ireland's internationally focused law firm,
Matheson is pleased to support that contribution by encouraging
students to identify legal reforms which could help enhance
Ireland's competitiveness in a post-Brexit era."
"The challenge is open to all university students from all
fields of study, and it will highlight the best young legal
visionaries. We look forward to reviewing submissions over the
Over the last three years, Matheson has significantly increased
the number of graduate trainee positions offered - up 85% since
About the 'Vision2020 University Challenge'
Participants must submit their entries in writing or by video to
before 5PM on Wednesday 19 October 2016. A shortlist of finalists
will be invited to Matheson to present their ideas before a judging
panel made up of
Pat English, and Nicola White on Wednesday, 2 November.
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