TRANSITION Year students at the Sacred Heart School in Tullamore have been trying their hand at practising law as part of the PAL or public access to law competition.
At the beginning of TY, many girls got selected to take part in PAL. It is a specially devised law programme which gives students a unique insight into law as seen through the eyes of a practising barrister or solicitor and has become the most popular transition year team competition in the country.
The mock trial competition offers transition year students a unique opportunity to gain an inside view of how the legal system works. Participation in the competition is of great educational value to students and offers opportunities for personal development. The experience of court procedure gives students a valuable insight into the workings of the Irish legal system.
From April 16 to 28 a group of 18 girls were busy preparing for their mock trial. They were faced with two cases; a murder case and drunk driving case.
On April 29, the girls went to the ‘The Criminal Court of Justice’, to present their mock trials. They did very well although they did not win, but they enjoyed the day and felt they got a lot out of it as it was a good experience.