Chief Justice’s Summer Internship Programme: Rebecca Lalor
Two students from the School of Law, Evana Lyons (Law Plus) and Rebecca Lalor (LLM General), participated in the Chief Justice’s Summer Internship Programme for Law Students for four weeks this summer. The programme commenced on Tuesday 5th June 2018 and concluded on Friday 29th June 2018. Rebecca Lalor writes about her experience here:
“Having completed my month as an intern on the Chief Justice’s Summer Internship programme, I can honestly say it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Experiencing lectures from esteemed judges and legal practitioners, researching points of law for judges and attending dinner at the King’s Inns were just some of the highlights of my experience.
The entire programme was so well organised, but it was also highly flexible which greatly appealed to me. As an intern you had some down time if your judge was not sitting which allowed you to sit in on any other trial which was of interest to you.
I was fortunate enough to be placed with two judges over the course of my internship, which gave an even more in depth view of the courts. Both Mr. Justice Eager and Mr. Justice McCarthy took time out of their incredibly busy days to speak to me on both the legal system and their experience as judges and as barristers, providing invaluable insight and advice as I start out in my career.
Another highlight of my time in the courts was the visit to Green Street Court House, where the interns saw the Drug Treatment Court in action. It was incredible to see alternative forms of justice where those before the court were provided with opportunities for education and rehabilitation. The court was an environment where they were treated as individuals and praised for their progress in the programme.
Observing commercial court cases, as well as every aspect of the criminal trial process within the space of four weeks was incredible experience for any student pursing a legal career. The internship also provided the interns with the opportunity to work alongside the judicial assistants assigned to their judge. This is an incredibly important role within the courts system and one which the internship allowed me to learn more about.
The programme also provided an amazing opportunity for the interns to network and get to know one another. Other interns on the programme came from the United States, Wales and South Africa and this provided an international aspect to the programme.
The four weeks flew by and all of the interns agreed we could have easily spent another four weeks in the courts! I would like to take this time to thank the Law School for organising such a fantastic opportunity for their students, and to encourage anyone thinking of applying for the programme next year to go for it. It will no doubt act as a catalyst for my career and for that I am very grateful.”
Pictured: Rebecca Lalor and Evana Lyons with The Hon Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice