Women in Law

What is Trinity Women in Law?

In its founding year, Trinity Women in Law will act as a forum for students at Trinity College Dublin to celebrate women and their accomplishments in all areas of law. This is Ireland’s first student-led Women in Law initiative, and the first university in Ireland to have a formal Women in Law subcommittee, as part of our long-established university Law Society. Our fundamental goal is to contribute to the discussion on gender equality, employment law regulation and progress towards gender, ethnic and background diversity.

We aim to address issues that are unique to women in the legal sector through a series of networking events and panel discussions, and through the launch of our inaugural Women in Law Mentoring Programme.

Why Trinity Women in Law?

In 2019, over 52% of qualified solicitors in Ireland are women. However, less than 30% of partners at senior level in Irish firms are female. According to Bar Council figures from 2016, 65% of law graduates are women, but this number drops immediately as soon as they begin to work. Only 39% of barristers are female, and just 16% of senior counsel.

We hope that our panel discussions and future events will look at why it is the case that gender equality still does not fully exist in the legal profession in 2019, and what we can be doing as the future generation of Irish lawyers to remedy that.

TWIL Official Launch

The launch of Trinity Women in Law was held on Monday 30 th September in the GMB, with a themed exhibition on ‘The History of Women in Law’. The event was launched by our keynote speakers, former Supreme Court Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan and Senator Ivana Bacik. It was a fantastic event with plenty of discussion on what holds women back when it comes to progressing to the highest level in their careers, and what we can be doing as the future generation of Irish lawyers to improve the current situation in Ireland. Many thanks to First 100 Years for a brilliant exhibition!

Women’s Networking Event

Our inaugural Women’s Networking Event, will be held on Monday 7th October at the A&L Goodbody Offices. This will be a unique opportunity for students to mingle with partners, associates and trainees at all levels in A&L Goodbody. Speaking at this event will be the Chairperson of A&L Goodbody, Eileen Roberts, as well as senior partner Keavy Ryan.

Women’s Empowerment Panel

Our final large-scale TWIL event will be a ‘Women’s Empowerment Panel’ held the week of
International Women’s Day in March 2020. TCD Law Soc’s most popular event every year, we hope to continue the success of this panel discussion by having a range of diverse and varied speakers.

Mentorship Programme

In its first year, the inaugural Women in Law Mentoring Programme aims to create long-lasting relationships amongst its participants. Through the programme, each student mentee will be paired with a mentor who is currently working in the legal profession in the Dublin area. Mentors and mentees will be invited to attend networking events exclusive to mentorship programme participants, and mentors will be on hand to answer questions students may have as they prepare to embark on a career in law.

We are extremely fortunate to welcome a broad array of mentors to the mentorship programme this year, working in diverse areas of the legal sector such as family law, commercial refugee and human rights law, intellectual property and data privacy, to name but a few. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a community of supportive, like-minded individuals, and to gain invaluable career advice from some of the leading legal professionals in Ireland. It is hoped that this Programme will provide our members with a more detailed insight into the legal profession and inspire them for their future careers.

As well as these large events, we will be running a series of smaller events throughout the year, which will be sponsored by A&L Goodbody. These will range from lectures on substantive issues surrounding gender in the law; to a mentor speed-networking event as well as more informal talks and panel discussions on various issues.

We are always looking for fresh ideas and perspectives, please contact our President Milly Farrell Kelly at auditor@tcdlawsoc.com if you have any questions or want to get involved.