Law students who face economic difficulties can access help through the UCD Sutherland Opportunity scheme which is supported by law firm Mason Hayes & Curran (MH&C).
The scheme seeks to help students, who face significant economic and societal barriers, to participate in transformative educational opportunities and graduate from UCD Sutherland School of Law.
The ultimate goal is that they will progress along a fulfilling career path that will change the trajectory of their lives and contribute to greater diversity in the legal profession and other careers in law.
“We want to help ensure that members of all communities in Ireland can study law. We believe that social diversity in the legal professions will mean that lawyers can better represent clients and help all voices to be truly heard,” says MH&C managing partner Declan Black.
UCD law graduate and statesman, the late Peter Sutherland said: “the rule of law underpins the cohesiveness and prosperity of society, making a sound legal education one of the most important we can deliver.”
UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by MH&C will provide financial resources for students from under-represented groups to pursue a career in law, thereby helping to realise that vision.
A set of measures and supports for students-in-need to gain access to the School are now in place. While at UCD, they will receive guidance to retain their place and participate fully in college life that will transform their education, career and life outcome.