Legal Eagles Schools Programme

Lucy Mulvaney, a trainee from Arthur Cox, assisted with our legal eagles project
Students of Mercy College Coolock

Our Legal Eagles programme for transition year students runs each year in two local schools in Coolook.

The programme aims to create greater awareness in our local schools of the Irish legal system and our Constitution. This programme provides a unique opportunity the students to develop their research, writing and oral advocacy skills. The aim is also to encourage talented young people to consider pursuing a law career in the area of social justiceand human rights.

The first part of the programme involves the delivery of four legal talks on the following legal topics:

1. Introduction to the Irish Legal System

2. The Constitution and Equality

3. Criminal Law

4. Legalities of Social Networking

The second part of the programme involves a series of workshops were the students work on a fictional legal case and prepare to participate in a Moot Court. The Moot Court takes place in the UCD Sutherland School of Law court room.

This programme is funded each year by Dublin City Council (North Central Office)

2023 was no different, with a large class of transition year students from Mercy College Coolock joining us for the comprehensive six week programme. We met with the students weekly, beginning with an introduction to the Irish legal system, the Irish constitution and its role in equality, the foundations of criminal law, the legalities of social networking and Environmental Justice.

Following this, we conduct a series of workshops, where the students work on a fictional criminal case and prepare to participate in a Moot Court.

On November 20th, following much preparation, the Moot Court took place in the state of the art court room at the UCD Sutherland School of Law. We were joined by Laurent Pech, Dean of the law faculty, as well as Professor Gavin Barrett, Head of Teaching and Learning.

Prior to the case commencing, both gave inspiring talks on the important role played by solicitors and barristers in Irish society, as well as how best to pursue a career in law. We were also joined by a very special guest, Judge Patricia Lucas, a U.S. Superior Court Judge in the state of California.

Judge Lucas acted as the Moot Court Judge. Afterwards, she gave a motivating talk about the differences between the U.S. and Irish legal systems, her career, and her experiences in the court room.

CLM would like to again congratulate all of the students who participated in the programme. Special thanks the UCD Sutherland School of Law for hosting the event.