Our latest Transition Year (TY) Programme (which was a finalist in the Community Programme category of the Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2019) was held in our Limerick office from 24th to 28th February. This year students from eight schools from counties Limerick and Tipperary took part and over 25 of our team and guest speakers contributed directly to facilitating the week.
Our structured week long TY Programme has been designed for students with a keen interest in the legal profession and aims to encourage them to consider a career in law.
This latest group of transition year students really engaged with the interactive programme. Facilitated by our legal practitioners, trainee solicitors, guest speakers and external legal professionals, the activity-based programme featured:-
- Tour of our firm
- Visit to Limerick courthouse to see a High Court case in session
- Street Law style workshop involving the practical investigation of a legal case
- Students conducted a mock trial in which they were each given roles to play – witnesses were cross-examined, barristers made opening and closing statements and one of our solicitors acted as judge
- Communications skills
- Preparing for a trial
- The Irish legal system
- ‘Pathways to Success’: how to become a solicitor
- Day in the life of a barrister, solicitor, secretary, legal executive, knowledge manager and managing partner!
- Digital communication and protecting yourself online.
All of the students worked very hard and each was presented with the Holmes O’Malley Sexton Certificate of Achievement to mark their participation.
Well done to all of the students and a big thank you to all involved.