Solicitors of the Future

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.

Solicitors of the Future

Covid-19 Update

A big thank you to all those who participated in the SOTF course this year, which was the first year ever that the course was run completely online. We look forward to running the course again in 2022.

Please look out for further details in this regard, which will be available on our webpage in the autumn.

.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.