Law students gain vital experience

Some of the students, solicitors and lecturers involved in the WIT / Law Society Work Shadowing Programme

Some of the students, solicitors and lecturers involved in the WIT / Law Society Work Shadowing Programme

Law students at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have received invaluable work experience from Waterford’s solicitors through a partnership programme between WIT and the Waterford Law Society’s solicitors. Through the work shadowing programme, seven local law practices accepted WIT students on placements, and this work experience will be very helpful in progressing their careers.  

 “In today's very challenging employment market, having the right work experience on your CV is critical when applying for employment,” said law lecturer, Jennifer Kavanagh. "We are very grateful to the Waterford Law Society and its members for guiding our students and allowing them to put theory into practice. Students are really benefiting from the programme and are learning a phenomenal amount from the professionals they are 'shadowing'," she added.

Students took part in a week’s work experience with the following firms: Thomas Carroll worked in Nolan Farrell & Goff Solicitors, Aidan Kelly in Hegarty & Co Solicitors, Kerri Houlihan in Peter O’Connor & Son Solicitors, Catherine Feery in Neil J. Breheny & Co Solicitors, Sarah Morahan in H.D. Keane & Co Solicitors, Conor O'Dwyer in Heffernan Foskin Solicitors and Edwin Lucky Alfat in M.M. Halley & Son Solicitors.

The programme is open to current students on the Law and Legal Studies Programmes in WIT. Since its introduction in 2008, the programme has given students a taste of life as a solicitor and is part of the ongoing relationship between local solicitors and the Institute. Shadowing the solicitors involves students with all parts of practical legal work from meeting clients to attending the High Court sittings, from settling cases with clients, to arbitration proceedings, even to serving summonses on ships.

Head of Department of Applied Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology, Dr Michael Howlett, added that “the department offers a three year Honours programme in Law, a four year ‘ladder’ programme in Legal Studies, which includes areas of Business Studies, and a three year Honours programme in Criminal Justice Studies, all of which have proved popular among students both in the South East region and nationally over almost 35 years.”

During that time WIT has been, and will continue, educating and training graduates of high quality who succeed in gaining employment in areas for which the study of law is important and, of course, as barristers and solicitors, both in Ireland and abroad.

For more information on Law programmes at WIT, visit the Department of Applied Arts.

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Some of the students, solicitors and lecturers involved in the WIT / Law Society Work Shadowing Programme - From Left: Edwin Lucky Affat, WIT Law Student, Ann McGuire from M.M. Halley Solicitors, Ellen Hegarty from Hegarty & Co Solicitors Waterford, Aiden Kelly, WIT Law Student, Gerard O'Herlihy, Nolan Farrell and Goff Solicitors and President of the Waterford Law Society, Thomas Carroll, WIT Law Student, Keri Houlihan WIT Law Student, Paul Murran, Peter O'Connor Solicitors, WIT Law lecturers: Jennifer Kavanagh, Elliot Payne, Ann-Marie McGrath; and Dr Michael Howlett, Head of Department of Applied Arts.

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