National Mock Trials Competition

‘The P.A.L. organised schools’ national mock trials competition has become the most popular transition year competition in the country. The versatile nature of the competition also appeals to other student skills and provides a platform for pupils to develop a wide range of talents including T.V. and newspaper legal reporting, acting, courtroom artistry and photography. The individual competition categories, namely, TV presenter, Newspaper reporter, photography and art are highly beneficial for participants.

The PAL visiting law module should prove to be of particular help to all students especially those who hope to compete in the national mock trials competition. The PAL visiting law module should prove to be of particular help to all students especially those who hope to compete in the national mock trials competition as the day long course covers case materials which feature in the national mock trials competition. The Mock Trials Competition is available to all schools participating in the P.A.L. module during the school calendar year as some of the course materials used will feature prominently in the annual mock trials competition.

PAL is Ireland’s nominaing body which nominates teams to represent Ireland in the World Cup. Following the conclusion of Mock Trials, each year PAL nominates the four highest finishing school teams to represent Ireland in the mock trials world cup held in the Autumn in New York’


Dr. Majorie Young BL addressing the courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on the 23rd April 2016, presenting the winning cup which this year named the Hon. Mr. Justice Paul Carney Cup, dedicated to the memory of her late husband.
Photo by Mark Condren.


Aoife Flood and Gabrielle Fullam, St. Joseph’s College, Lucan congratulating winning barristers from St Macartan’s College, Monaghan, Jake Bond and Niall Crawley at the 17th annual PAL transition year mock trials competition held in the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on the 23rd April 2017.
Photo by Mark Condren.