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Law Society’s drive to remove barriers for women
Michele O'Boyle

03 Jul 2020 / law society Print

Law Society’s drive to remove barriers for women

The Law Society is inviting female solicitors from all areas of practice to apply for the Women in Leadership Programme 2020 by Friday 10.

Women in Leadership is a mentorship programme which aims to empower and support women in advancing their careers to senior leadership positions.


The programme is presented by the Law Society in collaboration with Law Society Finuas Skillnet, with the support of Skillnet Ireland.

Law Society President Michele O’Boyle has highlighted Women in Leadership as a key priority for her year in office, pointing out that while women currently account for 51% of practising solicitors, they hold only 33% of leadership roles.

Five years

“The Women in Leadership Programme aims to encourage more women to grow towards leadership roles and help remove some of the barriers to these positions,” she said.

The Women in Leadership programme is offered to female solicitors across the country who have been qualified for a minimum of five years, while applications to become a mentor are welcomed from both female and male colleagues.


The programme runs from October 2020 to May 2021.

Mentors and mentees are paired during July and August and participants are encouraged to meet once a month over the course of the programme.

Applications for mentor and mentee positions close on Friday 10 July 2020. For more information or to apply to this year’s programme, see www.lawsociety.ie/womeninleadership or email LW@lawsociety.ie.

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