Look Into Law Transition Year Programme

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We are still taking applications for this programme. Please complete this form but please note it must be completed by the TY coordinator or the Guidance Counsellor as we are liaising only with schools and not with individual parents or students. Once completed we will assign a unique ID number to the school and send an excel spreadsheet which we need the school to return to us with student names. If you are a student or parent, please contact your school and ask them to complete this form.

Please note that as the programme has already started, we will only send any links on a weekly basis. Therefore course links will only be emailed each Monday for the duration of the programme (22nd February to 26th March). This means that if your school submits an application on a Tuesday and is sent the spreadsheet on a Thursday, it will be the following Monday before you receive an email to the course links as well as the teacher resource page and the interactive noticeboard Padlet page.

The links to the course will remain active until the end of April 2021.



The Bar of Ireland's "Look into Law" Transition Year Programme is an exciting initiative aimed at increasing students' awareness of the work of The Bar of Ireland and to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. This annual "Access all areas" programme aims to encourage schools and students from a wide cross-section of society to apply to take part. Due to Covid-19, this programme moves online for 2021. Although the programme will be different from the usual TY Programme, the advantage of it being online is that are no limits to number of schools and students who can apply.

The programme will be released online at 12pm each Monday for five weeks beginning on Monday 22nd February 2021 until Monday 22nd March 2021 for teachers and students to access in their schools or at home. This online content will be available for the five weeks so you can choose whether to use it each week or wait until near the end of the programme and use it over a couple of school days. We will require schools to verify student attendance so that we can issue certificates of attendance at the end. We will send details in mid to late January on how you will be able to access the programme, along with permission forms for students.

Schools and students will be actively encouraged to get involved with tasks suggested each week and to share them with the other schools. Full details on how to do this will issue nearer the time. We will also be encouraging engagement over social media with photos and contributions but this will be voluntary.

Look into Law 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact transitionyear@lawlibrary.ie for any further queries. 


Programme Contents

In the mornings, participating students will be assigned to groups where they will shadow a designated barrister. They will be introduced to the many different facets of a barrister's working life and will have the opportunity to experience the reality of life as a barrister.

During the afternoons, the students will participate in a range of different activities and students are expected to attend all organised activities:

  • Trial viewing
  • A tour of King's Inns
  • A tour of the Four Courts
  • A walk-through of the Criminal Courts of Justice
  • A talk from a member of An Garda Siochana
  • A talk from a member of the DPP and a defence solicitor
  • A talk from a sitting Judge
  • A talk from a Legal Affair Correspondent
  • Participate in an interactive Mock Trial

The highlight of the week is the mock trial, held in the Green Street Courthouse, where students participate in a case complete with judge and barristers. This provides the students with a unique, interactive experience where each student is given a role to play in the courtroom including defendant, witnesses and jury members.

Upon completion of the programme, each student is presented with a certificate to mark their participation.


FAQs – Transition year programme

Student Testimonials