Roscommon students put barristers on the stand in ‘The Big TY Legal Q+A’

Photo Brian Farrell

Roscommon students spent an exciting afternoon last Thursday putting some of Ireland’s best legal minds through their paces as part of The Bar of Ireland’s inaugural ‘The Big TY Legal Q+A’.

  Online and from the comfort of the classroom, Transition Year students, including those at Coláiste Chiarán, Athlone, were able to pose questions to the panel, ranging from topics relating to Mandatory Life Sentencing, the differences between solicitors and barristers, and experiences in wearing gowns and robes to work.

  This is the first year of ‘The Big TY Legal Q+A’ and is part of The Bar of Ireland’s successful Transition Year Look into Law Programme, which recently saw 16,000 students from every county in Ireland take part.

  Chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, Maura McNally SC, said: “Following the success of our Transition Year Programme earlier this year, we wanted to re-engage with these students through The Big TY Legal Q+A. Initiatives like this really give students a flavour of what a legal career is like and also gives them a good introduction to our legal system and institutions.

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