Four undergraduate law students from Waterford Institute of Technology recently completed three week summer work placements at the Property Registration Authority on the Cork Road in Waterford.
Third year BA in Legal Studies students Assumpta Hayes from Rosscarbery, Co. Cork and Grace Curran from The Curragh, Co. Kildare, along with second year LL.B in Law students Natalia Papirova originally from the Ukraine and living in Waterford city and Kamila Morawska from Poland and living in Wexford town took part in the work placements.
The law students are 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.
“The collaboration between Land Law staff at the Department of Applied Arts with the Property Registration Authority is now in its third year. During this time, many WIT law students were given a much-coveted opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in Land Law which will enhance their career prospects in the legal profession, and beyond. We thank all of the staff at the PRAI, in particular Ms Aileen Mc Hugh, HR Manager and Mr John O Carroll, HEO for their mentoring work with our students”, said Carmel Brennan, Lecturer in Land Law at the Department of Applied Arts and work experience co-ordinator.
Ms Assumpta Hayes, a third year BA in Legal Studies student, who worked at the PRAI in June stated “The three weeks work placement was extremely beneficial for me. Having studied Land Law and Conveyancing over the last two years, the work experience was a wonderful opportunity to further develop my knowledge and understanding of land law. I now have a greater appreciation of legal terms used in Land law and the practical consequences of their inclusion in legal documentation”
Ms Natalia Papirova, a second year LL.B student, who worked at the PRAI in July added; “This summer I was selected for work experience with the Property Registration Authority of Ireland. Over the three weeks I learnt much more than I expected, along with creating a network of potential contacts for the future. The staff at the PRAI were very supportive in offering advice as to the practical steps for career planning in law. I now feel more highly motivated and focused to develop my career in the legal profession.”
All students are currently completing their final year of studies, at WIT.
For more information on courses in Law, visit [url=http://www.wit.ie/appliedarts]http://www.wit.ie/appliedarts[/url]