Look into Law 2022 – TY Programme

Registration for the 2022 course is now finished. We will post details of our 2022-2023 programme in late August or early September. Please check back then for full details.

Further Details

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

Module 1:

This module will introduce you to early life as a barrister. Maura McNally SC, Chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland and the new Chief Justice, both give a brief welcome and introduction to the programme in this module. In addition, you will be introduced to the King’s Inns and the early days of life as a barrister as a devil/pupil. In each module, you will meet six barristers in the faces of the bar section, each of them with a different story of how they got to where they are now. In each module you will hear from the President of each court, in this first module it is the President of the District Court.

Learning outcomes:

    1. Introduction and welcome
    2. Learn about the District Court from its President
    3. What is the bar
    4. Why are barristers self-employed in Ireland?
    5. How do you become a barrister
    6. What is devilling/pupillage
    7. Get a tour of the King’s Inns buildings
    8. Meet some faces of the bar

Module 2:

This module will explain criminal law to you. You will hear what it’s like to be a criminal law barrister including the differences between the defence side and the prosecution side. You will hear from a defence solicitor as well as a member of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).  A criminal law judge describes the view from the bench and you’ll also hear from a former prison warden and a member of An Garda Siochána. You will hear from the President of the Circuit Court and meet another six faces of the bar.

Learning outcomes:

    1. Learn about the Circuit Court from its President
    2. Criminal law from the prosecution and defence perspectives
    3. Life as a criminal law judge
    4. Life as a defence solicitor
    5. The role of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution
    6. Life as a member of An Garda Siochána
    7. Meet some faces of the bar

Module 3:

This module will explain civil law to you. You will hear about various aspects of civil law practice including drafting and mediation. You will also hear about legal aid and how members of the public can access it. You will learn about four specialised areas of the law from practitioners and how these areas might impact on your daily life. You will hear from the President of the High Court and meet another six faces of the bar.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Learn about the High Court from its President
  2. Learn about the areas that fall under civil law
  3. The role drafting plays and the importance of getting it right
  4. Gain insights into the role of mediation as an alternative to litigation
  5. Discover four different specialist areas of law – EU law, sports law, immigration law and family law
  6. Meet some faces of the bar

Module 4:

This module will explore how the media reports on the legal processes from arrest to prosecution and the outcome of trials. It will look at what can and cannot be said in all aspects of media, including across social media platforms. There will be a topical panel discussion on how the law can protect you from hate crime, defamation, online bullying and sharing of indecent images. This module also gives you the opportunity to hear from an Irish Times crime reporter and an RTÉ legal affairs correspondent. You’ll be encouraged to do some writing and reporting of your own! You will also hear from the President of the Court of Appeals and meet another six faces of the bar.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Learn about the Court of Appeals from its President
  2. Discover the rules governing how the media reports on the legal process
  3. Hear how the law protects you on social media platforms
  4. Meet a crime reporter and a legal affairs correspondent and hear about their highs and lows of this career path
  5. Meet some faces of the bar

Module 5:

This final module will look at preparing for trial and will showcase the advocacy skills of barristers in the courtroom. You will be encouraged to think about the preparation needed for trial and learn the key terminology and concepts. There will be an entertaining segment with examples of good and bad questioning of witnesses. We will give you a template and provide you with a link to view a mock trial online. You will be given a case file for running your own mock trial, if you have the opportunity to do so at some stage in the future. Finally, you will hear from the President of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice and meet the final six faces of the bar.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Learn about the Supreme Court and the role of the Chief Justice
  2. Preparing for trial
  3. Learn the terminology and concepts related to going to trial
  4. Discover the importance of advocacy skills when questioning a witness
  5. Review the sequence of events in a trial
  6. Meet the final group of faces of the bar
  7. Conclusion of programme and review of key concepts and learnings


“I thought the programme was really beneficial and interesting. I liked the variety of videos and quizzes to keep us engaged, and I loved the faces of the bar aspect where they gave some excellent advice. In general, the programme gave a great insight of what it would be like to work as a barrister.”


“I think it was a great programme that provided lots of information. I would recommend it to students who are coming into transition year this year.”



“I thought it was a very interesting, engaging, and informative module which completely changed my outlook on the justice system.”


  • I completed the form online and submitted it. Is there anything else I need to do before December?  

No, there is nothing more to do for the moment. If you have not received an email from us by Monday 21st December, please email transitionyear@lawlibrary.ie 


  • I inputted the wrong number of students, how do I change it?  

That’s not a problem. In April 2022 we will contact you looking for final numbers of all students (no other details are necessary for students as we will liaise throughout with you). 


  • We are unable to run the programme in school hours. Can it be accessed by students outside of school?  

Yes. We will send all information and links to you and you should send them on to each of your students.  


  • I am a student and my school does not want to apply.  

For various reasons, we will only liaise with the Guidance Counsellor or TY Coordinator. Please ask your teacher to contact us and we will talk them through the application process.  


  • When will I send my students’ CVs/email addresses/phone numbers  

As all communications will be through the designated teacher, we will not need student’s CVs, email addresses or phone numbers. 

Accessing the programme: 
  • Do we need to access it daily or weekly? 

The content will be released before the end of the school term in December. It is up to each school how they access this content. We are deliberately making the programme as flexible as possible to allow this.  

  •  How many modules are there? 

There are 5 modules. Within each module there are bite-sized chapters allowing you and your students to access the programme whatever way works best for you. 


  • How can students access the modules?  

You could take them through the programme in one class each week or for a couple of hours each week or a couple of hours each day for a week. It can be done in school hours within a classroom setting led by a teacher, or it can be completed individually by students in their own time. 


  • How much time will each Module take? 

Each module will take approx. two to two and half hours to complete. The final module is closer to three hours. 


  • Is there a limit to the number of students that can access the programme? 

There is no limit to the numbers. We just need to know approximate numbers when your school applies and final numbers for our records in April. 


  • How much does it cost to take part?  

There is no cost to take part. It is completely free of charge. 


  • Will the students receive certificates of completion? 

Yes, a document will be sent to teachers for you to personalize and present to your students. We will need the designated teacher to confirm to us each module has been completed by each student. 


  • I am a teacher, but I don’t know anything about the law, how will I know the answers for the students.  

We will send you all the information you need. Each module will contain several quizzes to check that students understand the information. You are welcome to create a Kahoot quiz or similar with these questions – we will supply you with a number of wrong answers as well to help you create these quizzes.  We will also supply you with the answers for all the quizzes and a teacher resource page with further information. 


  • Will there be any live components in the programme?  

Yes. In a new innovation for 2022 we are organising two live Q&A panel discussions in 2022 on Thursday 28th April 2022 – 1pm to 2pm and Wednesday 4th May 2022 – 9am to 10am. Schools will be given the opportunity to register to attend one of them. Questions to be submitted by the teacher.  


  • Will we get a chance to job shadow a barrister?  

Due to the nature of the course and time constraints, it will not be possible to organize job shadowing at the moment. This is a much-valued component of the usual Look into Law programme but with the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, it is not possible to enable job shadowing.  However, we will be keeping this under review over the coming months. 


  • Are there any other opportunities for interaction between schools and between students? 

We would like to encourage as much interaction as possible, within Covid-19 guidelines. If the programme is teacher-led, there will be opportunities for discussion within the class on different topics. There will also be a number of quizzes to check that information has been understood. We also hope that students will use the hashtag #LookIntoLaw2022 to show them engaged with the programme and to showcase their involvement.  


Social media 

We encourage schools and students to use the hashtag #LookIntoLaw2022 to show them engaged with the programme and to showcase their involvement. 


We will be encouraging schools to share photos of the students with their certificates on social media using the hashtag #LookIntoLaw2022.