The Law Society Education Centre is teaching local schoolchildren how to code in a voluntary initiative.
Students from Stanhope Street Girls School have been invited to the Law Society to take part in the Everyone Can Code project which teaches important skills such as problem-solving, cyber security and the basics of coding.
Director General Ken Murphy said the initiative is a wonderful example of how the Law Society works with the local community in Dublin 7.
“The Law Society is proud to welcome the sixth class students of Stanhope Street to learn about technology and coding. We are lucky to have the facilities and staff to run a pilot project like this,” said Mr Murphy.
“Education is a core element of the Law Society’s values. Learning to code helps young minds think in a logical and methodical way. The students can bring the skills learned through the Everyone Can Code project with them through the rest of their education and even into their future careers,” he said.
The Stanhope Street students will graduate from the Everyone Can Code programme on Wednesday 22 May at a ceremony taking place at the Law Society.
The Law Society follows the Apple Everyone Can Code curriculum during the six-week programme. The Society is also an ‘Apple Distinguished School’ and provides each student with an iPad to use during class time.
The status of ‘Apple Distinguished School’ is awarded to outstanding schools and programmes worldwide who have incorporated Apple technology into their teaching model to become centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence.
The Law Society became the first professional educator in Europe to receive the award in 2016 and was recently re-accredited until 2021.
Solicitors of the future
The Law Society also offers a number of other community education initiatives, including Solicitors of the Future and Street Law.
Solicitors of the Future is an innovative Transition Year (TY) work experience programme which provides students with an introduction to the solicitor’s profession and encourages them to consider a career in law.
The activity-based programme is facilitated by Law Society staff, trainee solicitors and expert practitioners and is delivered at the Law Society each year in early February. It features a visit to the Criminal Courts of Justice, a tour of a large commercial firm, guest speakers, a careers seminar and a mock trial, and more.