Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Laois schools are well-represented on the programme with 191 from the six schools taking part, two of which are DEIS schools.



By Joe Barrett

Over 190 transition year students from six schools in Laois are taking part in this year’s Bar of Ireland’s TY five week course Look into Law.

The programme is normally capped at 100 participants, but as a result of it being delivered online almost 10,000 students will be taking part.

The Bar of Ireland’s annual Look into Law TY Programme for Transition Year students kicks off this week with a schedule of recorded webcasts and content aimed at giving TY students nationwide a first-hand look at the life of a barrister, and how the justice system works.

Now in its sixth year, the programme usually has a maximum of 100 participants, with a minimum of 20% of places reserved for students from DEIS schools, who attend a weeklong of activities in Dublin but this year, because of the Covid-19 travel and social distancing restrictions, it will be run entirely online and over the course of five weeks.

Laois schools are well-represented on the programme with 191 from the six schools taking part, two of which are DEIS schools.

Each week a new pre-recorded module will be shared with teachers and students. These will begin with an introductory Faces of the Bar, where a selection of barristers will share their career highlights and experience with students, along with talks delivered by the judiciary, the Prison Service, and other justice agencies. The five modules are:

  • Beginning of a barrister’s career
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Law
  • The media in the legal context
  • Preparing for trial

Opening the programme will be Chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland Ms Maura McNally SC.

As the first woman to hold the position in 40 years, students and teachers alike will no doubt be looking forward to her address.

Speaking ahead of the course Ms McNally said: “ The core aim of our Look into Law programme is that students understand the mechanics of law, but also to experience the human face and realities of those working in the field.

The programme is always oversubscribed so while we are sorry to not be in a position to welcome the students to Dublin like we usually do, the silver lining of the situation is that we are able to reach more students with our online version. We are looking forward to virtually welcoming our students from Laois, who are always superb participants of the programme. The five modules provide students with a real sense of the Irish legal landscape and hopefully inspire some students to pursue a career at the Bar.”

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