A new competition launched today by Irish law firm, Matheson will encourage Irish university students to explore new ways of growing the economy after the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
The ‘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.
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.
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.
Managing Partner at Matheson, Michael Jackson said, "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."
He added, "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."