Olliers Summer Internship Programme 2021

Written 16th April 2021 by Olliers Solicitors

Following the success of our previous intern programmes, Olliers Solicitors are once again offering week long internships at our Manchester city centre office to graduates and undergraduates who are interested in a career in criminal defence work. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for successful candidates.

The internship programme will run between late July and early September 2021.

Criminal law is an exciting and challenging area of law and will provide our interns with an opportunity to spend a week with a leading Manchester based criminal defence firm.

Watch Matthew Claughton explaining why now is a fantastic time to pursue a career in criminal defence

What will I experience during the Internship?

During your week we aim to ensure that you:

  • Observe a number of police interviews with suspects 
  • Observe Magistrates’ Court proceedings
  • There is a possibility of observing a trial.
  • Shadow our Higher Court Advocates (or Counsel) in the Crown Court at either Crown Square or Minshull Street, Manchester.
  • Observe client appointments 
  • Review files and undergo a mini induction with our Practice Manager.
  • Speak to our senior lawyers, management team and Managing Director, Matthew Claughton about a career in criminal defence work.
  • Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for all successful candidates.

Criminal defence work is not for the faint hearted but for many practitioners it is the most interesting and rewarding area of law to practice. Previous programmes have been an outstanding success and our 2019 trainee Lily Grundy was recruited from our internship scheme. Lily is proving a fantastic asset to Olliers and is benefiting from Olliers’ structured training programmed to qualify ins September 2021. Two of our 2020 interns have additionally recently joined Olliers with one due to commence a training contract in September 2021.  We also have a further trainee solicitor and a solicitor apprentice.We remain passionate about attracting new entrants to the profession.

Hannah Poole, 2020 Intern

Hannah was one of our 2020 Summer Interns and reflected as follows:

“I felt extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake the summer internship at Olliers. I gained a real insight into the new normal way to work and how vital it is to adopt a pro-active approach in the early stages of a case for a client. From attending police interviews to observing Crown Court hearings, whilst interacting with highly experienced professionals proved crucial to my understanding of the criminal legal system. The experience reaffirmed why it is so important to provide a voice for individuals who require legal support and furthermore has led to a rewarding long term opportunity with the firm for myself. I would urge anyone with a real interest in pursuing a career in criminal defence to apply for the internship, one certainly not to miss. “

How can I apply?

If you want to experience a week in the life of Olliers Solicitors during 2021 please contact us by email with CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel attracted to a career in criminal law.

All applications should be by email to mariadouglas@olliers.com and the closing date is 4 pm on Friday 30th April 2021. The internships will be based at our fantastic state of the art Manchester city centre office at Third Floor, 196 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WF.

Olliers Solicitors – leading criminal defence law firm

Olliers is a leading criminal defence law firm with offices in both Manchester and London. We have a highly experienced team of lawyers based in our Manchester office and specialist teams dealing with criminal investigations, fraud, serious crime, sexual offences, asset recovery, regulatory, professional discipline and inquests. We are ranked as a top tier crime/fraud firm in the current editions of  the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide.

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