The students of Mercy College Coolock took part in a ‘mock court’ competition in UCD’s Sutherland School of Law this week, marking the conclusion of the Legal Eagles schools project, a 10-week education programme on the legal system, run by Community Law & Mediation.
The project, funded by Dublin City Council, is aimed at transition year students and involves a series of classroom-based talks on how the Irish legal system works. The students then test out their courtroom skills at a ‘mock court’ competition in UCD’s Sutherland School of Law, taking on the roles of prosecution, defence, witnesses and jury.
Rose Wall, CEO, Community Law & Mediation said: “The Legal Eagles schools project is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about the Irish legal system and how to apply the law to real life situations. We were really impressed by the students who participated in this year’s programme, and the spirited debate that took place at the mock court.
“Community Law & Mediation is an independent community-based law centre. In our view, education is key to breaking down the social, cultural and psychological barriers which prevent people from accessing justice. Our free legal advice, representation and mediation services are therefore underpinned by community education programmes such as the Legal Eagles schools project and Know Your Rights talks.
I would like to thank Dublin City Council and the UCD Sutherland School of Law for their support in delivering this project.”
Visit www.communitylawandmediation.ie for further information on the Legal Eagles project and other services.
For further information please contact Elizabeth Devine, Communications Manager, CLM. Tel: 01 847 7804 Mobile: 087 6404 704
Roslyn Palmer and Lucy Mulvaney of Community Law & Mediation with transition year students of Mercy College Coolock at the ‘mock court’ competition in UCD’s Sutherland School of Law.
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Community Law & Mediation (CLM) was established in Coolock in 1975 as the first independent, community-based law centre in Ireland.
Today, CLM supports more than 3,000 people annually through its range of services, which include free legal advice and representation; information and education; and mediation and conflict coaching. It operates two Community Law Centres, CLM Northside (Dublin) and CLM Limerick, and partners with other organisations to provide outreach advice clinics around Ireland.
CLM campaigns for law reform, and for the safeguarding of rights already enshrined in law, in areas such as education, housing, disability rights, social protection, employment and equality.