Chief Justice’s Summer Internship Programme
Stephen.O’Reilly, 4th Year Law Plus, recently participated in the Chief Justice’s Summer Internship Programme at the Four Courts, Dublin. He writes about the experience here:
“Earlier this summer I participated in the Superior Courts Internship Programme organised by the Chief Justice. I was assigned as a judicial intern to Ms. Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon of the High Court.
During my time in the courts I was asked to proof read judgments, conduct legal research and observe court proceedings. I was fortunate enough to view several trials from start to finish and the judge ensured to regularly discuss the key elements of these cases with me, encouraging me to voice any of my own thoughts.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this internship was the opportunity to spend a week working in the Cork Courthouse while the High Court was on circuit. In addition to highlighting the possibility of a legal career outside of Dublin, my time in Cork served to broaden my appreciation of the manner in which the legal system operates in Ireland as a whole.
This was a valuable experience through which I gained a unique insight into the work of a High Court judge. I would recommend this Programme to students considering a career as a legal practitioner. Exposure to the day to day operation of the courts has enhanced my understanding of administrative and procedural issues. The Programme also offers a realistic insight into the type and amount of work that can be expected at the different stages of a barrister’s career - as well as the difficulties associated with gaining a foothold in that profession.”