The School of Law was delighted to receive feedback from a number of our students who interned abroad this summer undertaking legal work placements in the USA and China, supported by School of Law scholarships.
Sean Beatty, a 4th year Law Plus student travelled to Los Angeles for 3 months to participate on the prestigious Los Angeles Federal District Court 2015 Summer Externship Programme. The programme runs for three months from June to August and is organised by the Irish American Bar Association (IABA). Students spend two weeks in the Los Angeles Superior Courts, with the remaining time spent working in the chambers of federal judges based in Los Angeles where they gain real-world, hands-on, work experience.
Sean described his experience as follows:
‘I was extremely lucky to be selected by the School of Law to take part in the 2015 Summer Externship Programme in the United States Federal District Court… The first two weeks were spent in state court where we were given the freedom to observe courtroom proceedings. This was a great chance to see attorneys and judges in action. The judges were enormously generous with their time and always took us into chambers to talk about what we had just seen and to answer any questions we had…We each spent five weeks working in the chambers of a particular judge before switching to another judge for our final five weeks. … The work was quite varied… I learned a great deal about the U.S. legal system, and my legal writing and research skills were dramatically improved… Overall, my experience of living in L.A. for three months was extremely positive. It was a great city to spend my summer and it certainly is a place which I hope to return to in the future.’
Marian Dino, a recipient of one of only six scholarships available on CRCC Asia’s 2015 European Scholarship Programme and a member of the 2015 Law and Accounting graduating class, also undertook a one-month legal internship, this time in China. She described her experience thus:
‘The time that I spent in China has provided me invaluable experiences on a personal and professional level…. I worked in a company called LegalMall which is a subsidiary of Ray Yin & Partners. It deals with foreign clients looking to establish a business presence in China or to deal with a legitimate Chinese business… I think in most western countries, having an international work experience especially in a country that is fast-paced and vibrant like China is becoming more highly regarded these days. Learning and adapting to a completely new culture and a different way of doing business really is a priceless life achievement. I would strongly recommend interning in China … Students from University of Limerick are very lucky to be presented with such fantastic opportunities to work or study abroad and gain invaluable experiences to develop oneself both personally and professionally.’
Fellow CRCC Asia participant, recipient of the School of Law’s CRCC scholarship and Law Plus graduate of 2015, Siobhán Sugrue, had an equally impressive three month legal internship in Shenzhen, China:
‘I was lucky enough to be granted a scholarship by UL’s School of Law to fund a 3 month internship with Liu & Wang Attorneys at Law, a Chinese law firm based in Shenzhen, China. Liu & Wang is part of a bigger law firm, Guangdong HaiPai, which is actually based in Hong Kong, where most of the international cases and contracts the company dealt with originated from. They deal with a large variety of law, mainly foreign related legal matters such as Foreign Investment, International Trade and Intellectual Property…. I was given an extremely exciting case to work on …which was related to the military coup in Thailand … I was tasked with writing a brief on the case itself, and creating a short summary/presentation of the Thai ‘One Tablet per Child’ policy, but also of determining which evidence would be needed to dispute their claims… I think my internship in China will prove to be great for my professional career. As I apply for jobs in the legal field, employers are especially interested in my experience working in a law firm in China.’
The School of Law looks forward to inviting more applications from undergraduate students in the coming months for these and other international education and work experience opportunities.
Photo 1: Sean Beatty with fellow externs visiting the L.A. County Coroner's Office.
Photo 2: Marian Dino and Siobhan Sugrue with other CCRC Interns, Shenzhen, China
Photo 3: Marian Dino with LegalMall colleagues