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2024 Law Day at Limerick Courthouse gives students invaluable experience



Limerick Youth Service participants pictured with the cup at the 2024 Law Day at Limerick Courthouse

UL School of Law gives young students courtroom experience with 2024 Law Day at Limerick Courthouse

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The Registrar pictured with Mock Trial Participants

University of Limerick School of Law held an informative and enjoyable Law Say event at Limerick Courthouse, Mulgrave Street, in association with the Court Service and Law Modules Ireland.

Professor Lucy Ann Buckley, head of School of Law UL, gave a taster law lecture on Equality Law, Dermot Hinchy from the Courts Service brought the students on a very informative tour of the Courthouse, holding cells, jury room, and Courtroom.

A Mock Trial was held, Catherine Mc Loone, practicing Barrister and Teaching Assistant at UL, Kathleen Coll, First Class Honours UL graduate and former Administrator in the School of Law, and Damian Clancy, PhD candidate UL, who are panel members of Law Modules Ireland, ran the Mock Trial.


Students from across Limerick were given the chance to attend the event with students from Engage in Education Limerick, Limerick Youth Services, Limerick Comhairle na nÓg, and Ard Scoil Mhuire in attendance on the day.

Students from Munster Schools included Thomond Community College, Laurel Hill, Ardscoil Ris, and Ardscoil Mhuire.

The Law Modules Ireland Mock Trial Perpetual Cup went to the winners of the advocacy Mock Trial – being Limerick Youth Services and Limerick Comhairle na nÓg.  

The interactive Law Day incorporates critical legal thinking, discussions, legal quizzes, legal crossword puzzles and Coco’s Law Scenarios. The highlight of the day is the interactive Mock Trial facilitated with the students. The students play the part of the defence and prosecution lawyers, the accused, the witnesses and the Judge and Jury.

The students receive in-depth insight into the Irish Legal System, the court structure and how to become a qualified lawyer, with a focus on laws relatable to their age group. Discussions include driving legislation; penalties; insurance and personal injury claims in Ireland, the role of Gardaí and the DPP, cyber-crime and cyberbullying, as well as many more relatable topics.

The focus is on ‘bringing the Court Room into the Classroom’ by annually hosting a Mock Trial Competition at Limerick Courthouse and all schools involved with Law Modules Ireland are invited to compete.

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The students playing “the accused” in the mock trial

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.