McCann FitzGerald teamed up with the Courts Service and the Northern Ireland Courts and also the Tribunals Service, had invited the third grade business & law students to participate in the McCann FitzGerald All-Ireland Business Law Challenge commonly known as "The Advocate". The total prize value as declared was €3,000 and they had also offered a chance to the winning team a place with regards to the McCann FitzGerald summer internship program. So, The Advocate is one such program which provides a unique opportunity to the law students for bettering their legal skills which would help them make the most for their legal career.
What is McCann FitzGerald?
McCann FitzGerald is still considered to be one of the best law firms in Ireland where on an approx works 450 people, amongst which 270 of them are lawyers. This law form is still being recognized as the leader in the law market. They offer great and large types of services to corporate people and also those in financial problems. In fact, some international organizations too are there in the list of their clients.
About the prize money and distribution
This competition was open for all of those in the undergraduate law program. These students will have to be registered under either the Irish or the Northern Irish educational institutions. The Grand Final was held at the Four Courts, in March 2013. The prize which was to be given followed like this:
- €2000 was awarded to the winning team
- €500 was awarded to the second placed team
- €500 was awarded for the submission which was the best
This is for the fourth time that McCann FitzGerald in association with others held the challenge. This is a challenge where law students get the chance to compete with each other and better their skills. This challenge includes the process where the participants will have to try and convince the judges that they have a clear and quality understanding of the laws and the legal along with the commercial aspects of the market.
During the launch of the challenge, John Cronin the Chairman of McCann FitzGerald said that "We are very pleased to once again be part of The Advocate with our colleagues in the Courts Service and the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service." He added that "As a corporate and business law firm, we take a keen interest in developing commercial awareness among law students and raising the bar on the standard of legal education in Ireland. For the last three years, The Advocate has given students the chance to consolidate what they have learned and gain some practical legal experience, which will help them as they prepare for their legal careers."
The participants were not only required to argue about their understanding in front of the judge. They were also required to submit a 1000 word analysis of the argument on the case study which they were given.
This Advocate is one of those programs and challenges which is considered to be the best platform for budding lawyers to prove their skills. It was Matthew Langton and Hannah McCarthy, from Trinity College Dublin, who won the Challenge under The Advocate. James Coleman and Ciara McManus, from the University College Dublin were chosen as the runners up in the Challenge.