Law students gain valuable work experience


Work placement with Property Registration Authority of Ireland gives WIT law students chance to learn on the job and stand out from the crowd

Five undergraduate law students at WIT completed three week work placements at the Property Registration Authority of Ireland (PRA) on the Cork Road in Waterford this summer.

The students who are all now in third year include Rebecca Tennyson, Marta Swic, Adrian Barry, Kellie Manning (all LLB in Law) and BA in Legal Studies student Alison O’Connor were selected by the Department of Applied Arts on the basis of academic merit.

Their work experience included practical experience of all stages of the registration of land ownership and interests, for which the PRA has the national statutory responsibility in Ireland.

Rebecca Tennyson explains that her work experience placement was very valuable. “Having studied land law, the PRA broadened my knowledge even further in relation to land law and conveyancing. The staff at the PRA were all very welcoming and helpful towards us. John O'Carroll was extremely helpful in organising talks, and I had the opportunity to meet people with different expertise from all departments of the PRA.”

Kellie Manning was grateful for the opportunity and says it has opened her eyes to all the different areas of work in land law. “I would definitely recommend going on placement at the PRA for many reasons. They treat you like part of their team, it will look great on your CV as they give you a reference, but most importantly, you will develop skills you never had and learn things you may have thought were complicated. One thing that I have learnt in the past three years of being a student is that it’s important to stand out from the crowd, so don’t throw this excellent opportunity away.”

Adrian Barry says the placement enabled him to acquire a working understanding of almost all aspects of the PRA. It also gave him the opportunity, he says, to meet with many legal professionals and other members of staff who had unique roles and imparted a substantial amount of knowledge and advice. “In a relatively short space of time I learned a vast amount of practical information which may not necessarily be learned during lectures or from textbooks. In addition to the experience I gained, this placement greatly strengthened my CV and improved my potential opportunities after finishing my degree.”

Applications for summer 2016 will be accepted in March.

For more information contact Ms Carmel Brennan, Lecturer in Land Law at the Department of Applied Arts - Work Experience Co-ordinator.

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