Plan for 4,600 extra college places to be discussed by Cabinet on Tuesday

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Extra capacity at third level for students to study medicine, pharmacy and law are among proposals to be brought to Cabinet on Tuesday. The proposal is for just over 4,600 additional college places to be established. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is expected to seek Government approval for €24 million to fund the extra places including 440 in health sciences like nursing, pharmacy and medicine and 450 in science subjects. There are to be 120 extra places in education-related courses and 102 in law …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Third-Year Law Students Slam School Over Impractical Timetables

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-year law students have hit out at the Law School for creating unworkable timetables that have in-person and online lectures scheduled to take place immediately after one another. Students received their long-awaited timetables for the coming semester on Monday, with Trinity among the last of the universities to inform students of what they can expect their semester of blended teaching to look like …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 16 September]

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‘The Larger your Lectures, The Less Time You Will Have on Campus’, says School of Law

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to undergraduate students today, the School of Law finalised its official teaching plans for the Autumn trimester. Some of the plans include a rotating system of groups of 50 students attending lectures according to a rota that will be posted on Brightspace. As well as this, students will be required to bring cleaning materials to wipe down their desks before and after lectures …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 21 August]

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Law Society say no reference made to female students in WhatsApp group

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Law Society of Ireland has said there were no references to female trainees in a messaging group that is being investigated by the solicitors’ training body. It comes after a number of messaging apps were blocked as it was reported that inappropriate content was posted onto a WhatsApp group entitled ‘tits and filth’ …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 14 October]

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‘We’re not 15’ – Female trainee solicitor hits out at ‘highly offensive’ Whatsapp messages among law trainees

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A trainee solicitor has said she feels disgusted that female students are being objectified by their male counterparts. The Law Society has launched an investigation after ‘highly offensive’ messages were found to be circulating in a Whatsapp group among some first-year law trainees at Dublin’s Blackhall Place …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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Essays and TCD entrance requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Minister for Education speaks of the need to legislate to stamp out cheating by the use of ‘essay mills’ that sell essays on demand (‘Bruton outlines bill to tackle cheating in education system’, May 15th). Trinity College Dublin does not share the Minister’s concern. Trinity admit students to study law, of all things, on the basis of an essay whose author is unknown …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Head of Law School Condemns Sexist Comments Made by Students in Module Evaluations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Head of Trinity’s Law School, Prof Oran Doyle, has condemned misogynistic remarks made by two students in anonymous module evaluation forms last year. In an email sent to all law students at the end of last term, Doyle described the comments as ‘unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 2 February]

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Why should legal academics not be judges?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Why should legal academics not be eligible to apply for appointment to be bench, especially at appellate level? The question came up during a debate on the Courts Bill 2015 in the Seanad last Friday. The Bill is a short one, designed to increase the number of judges of the High Court by two …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 15 December]

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Bizarre Irish Water question appears on UCC Law exam

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“First year Law students at University College Cork were surprised to find a colourful question related to Irish Water when they opened their exam papers today …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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So, when it come to university courses, are some professions more equal than others?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish readers of this blog will be well familiar with the complaint – and it’s an entirely justified complaint – that the so-called ‘points system’ that attaches a value to the final school (Leaving Certificate) examination results has created a completely false ‘market’ in university entry to different courses …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 March]

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The Law Prof Twitter Network 2.0

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2015 by steve

International“This post has been updated from the previous one located here. I left the previous post up so that anyone interested in changes over time can see the previous results. There are about 50 more profs in the network now …” (more)

[Ryan Whalen, 29 February]

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European Court of Human Rights underused in Irish law – lecturer

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Conor O’Mahony says Louise O’Keeffe’s victory helped highlight importance of ECHR. Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish legal system and Irish lawyers should make more use of ECHR judgments in domestic courts, a leading law lecturer has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 17th, 2014 by steve

USA“Imagine a medical student who is training to be a surgeon but who fears that he’ll become distressed if he sees or handles blood. What should his instructors do? Criminal-law teachers face a similar question with law students who are afraid to study rape law …” (more)

[Jeannie Suk, New Yorker, 15 December]


Should academic lawyers blog?

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2014 by steve

“As an academic lawyer who writes his own blog, as well as contributing occasionally to others, my answer to the question ‘Should academic lawyers blog?’ is, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘Yes’. However, I was recently prompted …” (more)

[Mark Elliott, Public law for everyone, 24 June]

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Law Professors Defend Students’ Right to Sell Used Textbooks

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2014 by steve

“Responding to a campaign by law professors, a leading legal publisher said on Thursday that its new casebook-publishing program would not threaten students’ ability to buy and sell used textbooks …” (more)

[Danya Perez-Hernandez, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 May]

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Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2014 by steve

“What if I told you that the doctrine closest to the halls of power is largely unknown to the public? That the most pertinent social science subject – one that affects every single one of us every single day – is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction …” (more)

[Michael Shammas, Huffington Post, 4 April]

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School leavers swing back to law and construction courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2014 by steve

“School leavers are swinging back to college courses leading to careers in the construction industry and professions such as law and architecture …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Students launch petition after Law Society exams date moved

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Law students have launched a petition against the moving of their entrance exams for the Law Society, which they say will now take place two weeks earlier than they were initially told …” (more)

[, 22 January]


AIB to launch ‘specialist’ student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2013 by steve

“AIB is launching a specialist interest-free loan for students studying in a limited range of disciplines. This faculty loan will provide up to €10,000 interest free over a five-year period …” (more)

[Gary Culliton, Irish Medical Times, 10 September]

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Why legal education should last for three years

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2013 by steve

“President Obama was dead wrong last month in suggesting that law school educations should be only two years. The third year is not an expensive frill but a crucial resource in training lawyers for 21st-century challenges …” (more)

[Bruce Ackerman, Washington Post, 7 September]

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