The Diploma Centre of the Law Society of Ireland’s Use of Technology

July 21st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink



Rory O'Boyle, Diploma Manager, Law Society of Ireland

Rory O’Boyle, Diploma Manager, Law Society of Ireland

In 2014 the Diploma Centre launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Aviation. This course ran for six weeks and covered an introduction to aviation leasing and finance and its beginnings in Ireland, technical basics, legal, financial and commercial.  In 2015 we focused on the growing area of Technology Law. Technology has brought exponential change not only in our personal lives but also in professional practice, in terms of how legal practice is managed, the software used and the legal issues confronting clients in business. The MOOC, ‘Understanding the law in a digital age’, explored emerging issues of relevance to entrepreneurs who seek to exploit opportunities in this digital age and to existing organisations who must engage online to prosper. It also examined the importance of regulation, data protection, online privacy and the legal implications of rapidly-growing use of social media.

Dr Freda Grealy, Head of Diplomas, Law Society of Ireland

Dr Freda Grealy, Head of Diplomas, Law Society of Ireland

Our 2016 MOOC ‘Privacy, a human right for the digital age’, was delivered online over five weeks and comprised presentations from experts in data protection and digital privacy, live online discussions and assessments, and the balance between an individual’s right to privacy and the efficient use of data by companies and other organisations. Specific content such as cyber security threats, the EU-US Privacy Shield – or the ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement as it is known – and the impact of emerging technology, including drones and ‘the internet of things’, are extremely topical and of interest to a wide range of people.
In 2017 we delivered a MOOC on the topic of ‘Employment Law in the digital era: Brexit, borders and offices without walls; challenges and impacts in uncertain times’. This was our biggest free online course to date, and attracted over 3,200 students. The course explored contemporary employment issues including social media in the workplace, equality and the law, dispute resolution mechanisms and hiring post-Brexit: why Ireland works as an alternative.
The MOOC has vastly increased our ability to provide free, accessible, on-demand and insightful content to our members and the wider community. However, it is the international dimension that has been truly game-changing. Participants from countries as wide-ranging as Botswana, Brazil, Latvia and Australia are now – digitally, at least – sitting side-by-side engaging with our Irish legal experts,” “The great number of participants illustrates how relevant and up to date the course material is,” according to Law Society Director of Education T P Kennedy.
We will also be running a new MOOC in 2018, Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information early next year.

Streetlaw Best Practice Conference, 7-8 September 2016

August 1st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Streetlaw is the term often used to describe university public legal education programmes.

Many universities in the UK and Ireland send law students into schools, community groups and other organisations to educate people on their legal rights and responsibilities. Streetlaw utilises an interactive methodology which encourages participants to actively engage and to understand how the law relates to them.

Inspired by the first International Street Law Best Practices Conference, held in South Africa earlier this year, Birmingham Law School will host the first regional UK and Ireland event. It will take place at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. During this interactive two day conference, participants will share Streetlaw best practice from across the globe. The conference will cover:

  • Different models for community engagement through Streetlaw;
  • Sample Streetlaw best practice sessions;
  • How to design your own Streetlaw sessions;
  • Tips and ideas for developing your Streetlaw programme; and
  • Incorporating Streetlaw into the curriculum.

If you have a best practice session that you would like to share at the conference, please email Linden Thomas with the details.

UK and Ireland Streetlaw Conference 7-8 September, Birmingham Law School..

Organised by: 

  • Patrick Cahill (Queen Mary University of London),
  • Richard Grimes,
  • John Lunney (Law Society of Ireland), and
  • Linden Thomas (University of Birmingham)

Conference fee: £50 per person*

Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

How to book: You can register your place by visiting the online shop of the University of Birmingham.

Please note that places at the conference are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Law Society of Ireland Legal Excellence programme – Legal English 2016

July 28th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Group shot Legal English

Front row – l-r: Eva Massa (Law Society), Gonzalo Olmos, Maria Francesca Cicotti, Antonella Benedetti, Lorenza De BoniI, T P Kennedy (Director of Education), Lucia Fabbri, Attracta O’Regan (Head of Law Society Professional Training), Daniela Barbieri, Alessandro Valerio.Middle row – Colette Reid (Law Society), Alesssandro Mazza, Sara De Angelis, Costanza Acciai, Sara Ziveri, Erika Criscione. Stefania Spina, Ines Cavallone. Back row – Joanne Cox (Law Society), Vanni Sancandi, Renzo Rossi, Elena Guerri, Michele Wurzer, Lorenzo Napoleoni, Michelangelo Dapporto, Enrico Braiato, Marzia Susan Zambon, Francesca Braglia, Chiara G Consonni, Michelle Nolan (Law Society Professional Training).

We have previously written two posts about a programme, organised by the Law Society Professional Training in Ireland, which provides training opportunities for European Lawyers, and cooperation between European Bars.

This summer, from 18-22 July, the Law Society of Ireland Professional Training, led by Attracta O’Regan (Solicitor and Head of Law Society Professional Training), hosted Italian and Spanish lawyers in Dublin as part of the Legal Excellence, Legal English Summer School. Delegates attended an intensive Commercial Contracts and Advanced Negotiation Skills Masterclass designed by Joanne Cox (Solicitor and Course Manager with the Law Society Law School) and delivered by Solicitor experts in Ireland.

Delegates also had the opportunity to attend an Ethics Lecture which provided a comparative analysis of the ethical values applicable to the legal profession in Italy and Ireland and included an overview of the relevant principles ruling the conduct of lawyers in their professional relationships. This lecture was a collaborative educational initiative between the Law Society of Ireland and the Siena Bar Council which was accredited by the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (CNF) in Italy. This was co-presented by Eva Massa (Solicitor and Course Manager with the Law Society Law School) and Avv. Lucia Fabbri (a practising Lawyer and Barrister in Italy and a Disciplinary Tribunal Judge in the District of Florence).

Social aspects of the Summer School included a trip to the Four Courts and Kilmainham Jail in Dublin and a tour of Kilkenny City taking in the Castle and Smithwick’s Brewery followed by dinner and an evening of traditional Irish music and dance.

The programme was run in collaboration with the Academy of European Law (ERA), Sienna Bar Council, Velletri Bar Council, Bologna Bar Council and School of Law International Group (SLIG).

Law Society of Ireland – International Legal Excellence Programme

March 16th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Law soc

Several months ago, we wrote a post about a programme, organised by the Law Society Professional Training in Ireland, which provides training opportunities for European Lawyers, and cooperation between European Bars. This programme was launched in 2014 in conjunction with the Italian Consiglio Nazionale Forense (National Bar Council of Italy) and the Law Society of Ireland.

The dates, format and content of this year’s summer course are now available online. The course is delivering three one-week long Legal English Courses in July 2016. These courses will cover three topics:

  • Commercial Contracts Master Class
  • International ADR Master Class: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Cross-Border Civil & Family Law issues & Public Speaking Skills Master Class

These courses will take place at Law Society of Ireland’s Education Centre.

The brochure for this course is available to download here. 

Law Society of Ireland – International Legal Excellence Programme

October 5th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

This programme, organised by the Law Society Professional Training in Ireland, provides a good example of training opportunities for European Lawyers, and of cooperation between European Bars. It was launched in 2014 in conjunction with the Italian Consiglio Nazionale Forense (National Bar Council of Italy) and the Law Society of Ireland.

Summer 2015 International Legal Excellence Programme

Summer 2015 participants

It is an intensive one week summer course for any foreign lawyer who wishes to increase their legal knowledge and skills in the English language, with the aim of increasing their international projection. It is taught in English and covers very practical areas, including Commercial Contracts, Negotiation and Mediation skills and general features of Common law systems. It also offers social activities in Dublin, which provides a good opportunity for networking. Lecturers are experienced and respected solicitors, barristers and professional legal skills consultants with extensive practice and teaching experience and certified learning, teaching and assessment qualifications.

Despite being a new programme, the course has proven very popular and successful. Previous participants have been lawyers from Italy, Poland, Switzerland and Spain, and the number of participants increases each year.

The next course will be run in summer 2016, and participants will be able to sign up as of February 2016. The CCBE training portal will provide more information about this course closer to the time.

If you are interested or require more information, please go to the Law Society Professional Training Course.