The Supreme Court

Summer Placement Programme for Law Students

Chief Justice's Summer Placement Programme for Law Students

The Chief Justice’s Summer Placement Programme for law students is an annual month-long programme which gives third level law students the opportunity to shadow a judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal or High Court.

In addition to attending court hearings, participants are given the opportunity to:

  • engage in workshops
  • attend talks by staff of the Courts Service and other professionals working in the justice sector
  • visit the Criminal Courts of Justice
  • visit and hear from those working in the Drug Treatment Court.

The programme takes place in conjunction with the annual Hardiman Lecture Series, named in honour of the late Mr. Justice Adrian Hardiman, which involves a range of lectures given by highly regarded speakers from members of the judiciary, legal practice, and academia.

The programme emerged out of longstanding links with Fordham University Law School in the United States and has gradually expanded to become an Irish and international programme involving Irish universities, institutes of technology, colleges and higher-level institutions, Fordham University School of Law, New York, the University of Missouri, Kansas City and Bangor University, Wales.

The selection of students to participate in the programme is managed by, and at the discretion of, each participating third level institution.