Laois student to experience the harsh reality of US courts and prisons

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois student to experience the harsh reality of US courts and prisons

Precious Abebe from Laois (centre) with her fellow Brehon Law scholars at Griffith College

One Laois student is set to experience the grim reality of the United States justice system, having been chosen for a prestigious scholarship.

Precious Abebe is a graduate of Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise and is now studying law at Griffith College in Dublin. 

She has been chosen as a Brehon Law Scholar and will spend the next five weeks in Philadelphia to work in the Court of Common Pleas.

Precious will get to sit in on real-life court cases in the Family, Federal, Civil and Criminal courts and learn about how to US justice system operates.

As well as learning about life in the US court, she and her five fellow scholarship winners will be taken on trips to a police station, a fire fighter department, a ride in a squad car with local police officers, and a marine boat tour. They also get to meet members of the SWAT and K9 departments as well as visiting some of the state prisons.

The internship is available to all students of the Law Faculty at Griffith College and Precious and her colleagues went through a rigorous interview process to be chosen.

The six students are Jade Banaghan from Tipperary, Katie Prendergast, Lisa Fitzsimons from Glasnevin, Precious Abebe from Laois, Richard Donnelly Devine from Louth and Sarah Hayes from Dublin.

Jane Casey is an LLB student from Griffith College who went on the internship in 2016.

"As well as making many friends who I am still in contact with, the Philadelphia internship was an invaluable experience in furthering my education in law. It is a once in a life time opportunity, and I will forever be grateful I got to be a part of it," she said.

Griffith College is Ireland's largest independent 3rd level institution with locations in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.