Solicitors of the Future is an innovative Transition Year (TY) work experience programme offered at the Law Society of Ireland which provides students with an introduction to the solicitor’s profession.
Due to the current situation, the Solicitors of the Future TY programme for 2021 is under review. If current social distancing restrictions continue to apply, it would be impossible to run the programme in its usual format.
We are keeping the situation under review and will update this website with any plans concerning the programme. We realise this may cause uncertainty for students planning their Transition Year, and thank you for your patience.
About the programme
Open to schools around the country, Solicitors of the Future encourages Transition Year (TY) students to consider a career in law and offers an insight into the role of a solicitor in practice. In addition, this TY programme shows how the law can be relevant to the daily lives of participants and promotes awareness of the legal processes, constitutional principles, and values which underpin the rule of law in Ireland.
Facilitated by Law Society staff, trainee solicitors, and expert practitioners, the activity-based programme features a visit to the Criminal Courts of Justice, a tour of a large commercial firm, expert-led workshops, guest speakers, courtroom activities, a careers seminar and a mock trial.
For more information about the programme, download the Solicitors of the Future FAQs.
Places on the programme are limited and are allocated to schools through a lottery system. Selection of the student to attend the programme is at the school's discretion and the Law Society of Ireland has no role in this process.
Successful schools are allocated a place for one student only. Should a school fail to nominate a participating student by the deadline, the school's place will be forfeited and another school will be selected via the lottery draw.
Work experience in a firm
Some Transition Year (TY) students may choose to complete work experience in a solicitors' office. The Society's Guidance & Ethics Committee has produced guides to foster valuable placements for both students and firms.