Maynooth University Law Society caters for over 500 law students from across all of the Department of Law's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The Law Society is one of the biggest, most active, and most vibrant societies on campus, involving members from a wide range of departments and not merely Law.
Maynooth University Law Society is a student-run organisation that is dedicated to providing Maynooth University undergraduates and postgraduates with an opportunity to learn about the field of law and the career options it provides. The Society seeks to promote a greater awareness and understanding of these opportunities within the field of law by appropriate means such as publications, meetings, seminars, and other educational events.
The Society encourages professional development which is aided through the annual inter-varsity Silken Thomas Moot Court Competition. Students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the role of a barrister, and, for the duration of the competition, students will argue a fictitious case against other students from different universities, both nationally and internationally.
Maynooth University Law Society also encourages students to enjoy themselves while they are studying law. The Society hosts many social events throughout the year, including the Law Ball, which this year will take place on 10 December. Further details are available from the Committee Members, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's Law Society Committee Members are:
President: Conor Forde
Vice President: Conor Ryan
Secretary: Donal Merrick
Treasurer: Aoife Kelly
PRO: Nuala Murray
External Relations Officer: Niamh Wade
Moot Court Officer: Ailbhe Lawless
Entertainment Officer: David Donohue
About ELSA International
Established in 1981 by students, ELSA now operates in over 200 universities in 41 countries. Ireland is one of the newest countries to join. In 2008, ELSA signed a Human Rights Partnership agreement with the Council of Europe. ELSA has developed strong bonds with firms and institutions. In 1994, ELSA was granted Consultative Status in Category C in UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation); in 1997, ELSA obtained Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council). In addition UNCITRAL (UN Commission on International Trade Law) is inviting ELSA delegations to participate in their sessions.
Membership of ELSA Maynooth gives students the opportunity to partake in competitions and events organised on an international scale. Some of these include the International Focus Programme (IFP) Essay Competition on Health Law, EMC2 - the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, and the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition. In addition, ELSA members have the opportunity of applying to the Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) to gain invaluable working experience abroad.
Further information regarding international activities can be found on the ELSA International website.
The latest information about the Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) can be found here.
ELSA Maynooth is a constituent member of both ELSA Ireland and ELSA International. As well as encouraging our students to participate in international opportunities available through the ELSA network, the ELSA Maynooth committee hosts local events, such as Human Rights Week, a Speaker Series, and, for the first time in 2015, the International Negotation Competition.
This year's committee members are:
President: Nicoleta Sipos
Secretary General: Rebecca Patton
Treasurer: Caoimhe Hough
Vice President for Marketing: David Connell
Vice President for Academic Activities: Mark O'Reilly
VP Moot Court Competitions: Paul Brady
VP Seminars & Conferences: Donal Merrick
Vice President for STEP: Muiread Murphy
Further details can be obtained by contacting the committee via email@example.com or through the ELSA Maynooth Facebook page.
Mooting is a fantastic way to meet new people and make new friends, while also boosting your academic credentials. It plays a vital role in legal education and at the Department of Law in particular.
Moot Court is promoted extensively to Department of Law students and we are one of the few universities in Ireland who offer Moot Court as a compulsory or elective course in our degree programmes. It is very much a part of law students' academic life; which is all the more reason to compete socially.
The best way to learn, not only the art of Moot Court, but several other skills such as team-work, researching skills, presentations skills, reactive skills etc., is through competition and practice.
Intervarsity Moot Court Competition 2015
This year will be the 5th year of the Maynooth University Law Society Moot Court Competition, the Silken Thomas, and its progression over the years has been extraordinary.
At the 2012 Clubs and Society Awards in Maynooth University, the Silken Thomas Intervarsity Moot Court Competition won 'Best Event University Event'. This was a massive achievement for the Competition, especially considering it had only been in existence for two years at that time. 2013's competition also made it to the finals of the BICS (Board of Irish College Society) Awards, competing with events held by universities all over Ireland. This achievement marked the growth and progression the competition has made in just two short years and is testament to the hard work of the Moot Court Officer, as well as to the high calibre of participants. The competition also won 'Best University Event' and 'Best International Event' at Maynooth University's 2014 Clubs and Societies Awards.
This year's competition is on course to surpass all of our previous competitions, with competitors representing the most prestigious law schools in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Malta.
The problem question this year is based on criminal law. The preliminary rounds of the competition will take place on Friday, 27 March 2015, with the final rounds taking place on Saturday, 28 March 2015. The competition will then come to a close with a gala dinner at Carton House. Further information available from Maynooth University Law Society's Moot Court Convenor, Patrick Noctor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELSA Moot Court Competitions
ELSA organises two international Moot Court Competitions.
The ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMCC) is a simulated hearing of the Dispute Settlement System of the World Trade Organization and deals with international trade law issues.The competition has been running for the past 12 years and is open to law students from all over the globe. Participants examine a fictive case and draft submissions for each party. In March of each year, teams are assigned to one of the Regional Rounds all over the world: America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa (since 2013/2014). The best students from each region progress to the Final Oral Round, which takes place in May/June each year at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Students get the chance to present their legal skills in front of the world's WTO law experts and, thus, have the opportunity to put theory into practice.
For more information, visit the official website of ELSA Moot Court Competition by clicking here!
HRMCC - Human Rights Moot Court Competition
In order to provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the field, ELSA organises a Europe-wide moot court competition on the European Convention on Human Rights, in cooperation with the Council of Europe. The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights: teams examine a fictive case and draft written submissions for each party. Teams are then evaluated on the basis of their written admissions and the best 16 teams progress to compete in the European Final at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
For more information visit the website of the competition: www.humanrightsmootcourt.org!
Free Legal Advice Centres take place every Tuesday evening during term in the Iontas Seminar Rooms at 7.00pm. The main areas of law in which the Maynooth University FLAC team currently offers advice are Landlord and Tenant Law, Employment Law, and Family Law.
This year's committee members are:
President: Greg Flynn
Vice President: Rebecca Patton
Secretary General: Angela Melia
Treasurer: Patrick Noctor
Training and Development Officer: Thomas Doolan
PRO: Niamh Wade
Webmaster: Evin Mooney
For further information regarding the work undertaken in the FLAC clinics at Maynooth University, the committee can be contacted via email@example.com
Alternatively, you can get in touch with the Maynooth University FLAC team through Facebook or Twitter.
The Irish Law Journal is a student-run and peer-reviewed journal which strives to publish novel scholarship that will have an immediate and lasting impact on the legal community in Ireland and abroad. Advised by a faculty advisory committee, this publication highlights the progress of Maynooth University Department of Law and of its students.
If you have any comments or suggestions for our Editorial Board, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Irish Law Journal's website for further details.