FryTY

FryTY is a trainee-led Responsible Business initiative educating transition year students on how the law impacts their everyday life and how to pursue a career in Law.

The goal of FryTY is to show students who would not have considered a career in law that it is an exciting possibility in their future. This programme allows trainees to participate in, steer and make a difference in a programme that becomes integral to the William Fry traineeship.

The programme is part of William Fry's commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in our community and to increasing access to careers in law for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is developed, designed and delivered by our trainees and enables them to make a positive and lasting difference as an integral part of the William Fry traineeship.

The Programme

This is a 6 week programme, each week will explore a different area of the law. Current topics are:

  • Constitutional Law: A discussion surrounding the Irish Constitution, whether it is out-of-date in a modern technological world.
  • Employment Law: A look at different aspects of Employment Law relevant to students entering the work-force in a few years. 
  • Criminal Law: An introduction to Criminal Law and the interaction social media has with Criminal Law.
  • Sports Law: An arbitration surrounding Sports Law with discussion on topics like doping and fouls.
  • Intellectual Property Law: An exciting tour around IP topics such as copyright, patents and trade-marks, from pharmaceuticals to Tik-Tok.
  • Pathway into Law: Discussion on the different paths to law and the programmes available to assist students. The number of years and exams can be daunting to some students but our aim is to demonstrate that it is achievable and rewarding.

Interaction

The sessions include informal debates, quizzes and problem solving, avoiding the lecture format. The programme allows students to build confidence in legal topics and express their opinions. Each session is created to be thought provoking and relatable to everyday life so students can understand how areas such as music and advertising are controlled and greatly impacted by laws. 

Impact

The FryTY programme is launching the 6 week initiative in two local schools and a half day workshop in three schools outside Dublin in 2021, engaging an estimated 105 young people with the exciting world of law!

There are currently 45 trainees involved in all aspects of the programme from creating the curriculum, training and teaching.  

COVID-19

Our trainees tailored the programme to current restrictions where we will carry out all sessions online. 

Week 1

Watch the video to hear from the trainees, Séan-Patrick Dunne & Aoibhin Kelly, who took part in the Constitutional Law lecture last week and learn how the first session went.

 

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