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Transition year work experience week 2018

Transition years 2018

From the 12th - 16th February, the School of Law had the pleasure of hosting 6 Transition year students for the week. They were:

Amy Fehily - Crescent College Comprehensive

Ellen Crowe - Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh

Charlotte Gaule - Laurel Hill Colaiste

Ellen Frahill  - St. Anne's Community College Killaloe

Eoin Redmond - Kinsale Community School Cork

Anna McGee - Scoil Mhuire Trim, Co. Meath

During the course of their week, they attended lectures, met with our visiting attorney Dean Strang, attended various workshops and also participated in our A&L Goodbody mooting competition.

We were very pleased with the way in which they engaged with all the activities planned for them and hopefully we will see them return to study Law in the near future.

Special thanks to all concerned, the lecturers who welcomed them to their classes this week, those who organised workshops and talks for them, Dean Strang for talking to them about a career in Law, and the Law Society students who gave them a comprehensive view on what it is like to study law.

This week works thanks to everybody's co-operation....


Carol Huguet - Transition Year Co-Ordinator



Below is their blog entries for their week:

Monday: On the first day, we met Carol outside the main entrance to the law school and she outlined us on what we would be doing for the week. Shane Kilcummins spoke to us about the different law-centred courses (Law+, Law and accounting etc.) offered in the university and the career options we would have if we chose law as a degree. She then gave us a list of places around the campus and instructions on what do to at each location (take a selfie with staff members etc.). We worked as a team to navigate the campus and follow the instructions. During lunch we listened to a presentation on bail supervision and MLT. After lunch, we met with some 1st and 2nd year members of the Law Society and spoke with them about life in UL. They were very engaging and we learned a lot from them about how to join different societies and how to make friends in college. From 4-6, we went to a lecture on constitutional law. Ruadhán Mac Cormac happened to be guest lecturing. He spoke about The Supreme Court and different cases such as The McGee Case and the Gladys Ryan case.

Tuesday:  On Tuesday morning, we had a 9 o’clock Labour Law lecture where we learned about how employees and contracts are defined and the rights of casual workers. We then met With Dean Strang from the Netflix series ‘Making a Murderer’. We asked him questions about the series and the kind of personality traits which are necessary for a career in law. We then attended a lecture on EU Law. Over lunch, Dr. Sean Redmond spoke to us about Youth Crime in Ireland and organised crime. After lunch, we prepared a visitor itinerary for Dean Strang and prepared for the universities ‘Law for a day’.  When we were finished, we went to a lecture on Administrative law, which was difficult but also very interesting.

Wednesday: On Wednesday Morning we were brought to the preliminary rounds of the A&L Goodbody moot trail to watch the three teams fight it out and find out who the final two teams would be, After hearing all the cases It was announced teams  1& 2 were the winners of the preliminary round, We then had a lengthy 2 hour break which we went to the nearby canteen and had some lunch before returning to the moot trial room at 3:00 and got seats to watch the A&L Goodbody Moot trial. We were a few minutes early so we got to watch the students preparing and wearing the barrister gowns, after a very interesting trial the judges, Dean Strang, Margret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly and Stephen King from A&L Goodbody decided the winners were the respondents from team 2. It was very exciting to watch a moot trial and get a taste for what one might be like if we were to do law and do a moot trail

Thursday: On Thursday we attended a sports law lecture in the morning followed by a double Law of Evidence lecture. Both lectures were very interesting and easy to follow. After lunch we went to land law lecture which was quite a challenging topic. Then, we had a tort law lecture. The lecturer was very funny which made the experience more enjoyable. Lastly, we spent an hour in the evening writing our blog and preparing the visitor itinerary for Dean Strang.

Friday: On Friday morning, we had a Contract Law lecture. We found the basis of the subject to be quite simple and the lecture was in general very interesting, We finished the day by finishing off this blog and finalizing the visitor itinerary for Dean Strang.