The initiatives we support in our Step Up community programme aim to make a difference in the local community in which we work. We can help young people in our community increase their literacy skills, enhance their school experience, attend third level education and be aware of career opportunities. To achieve this, we work with local schools on a number of educational programmes.
ALG supports literacy as its flagship programme
We are proud to be a regional partner of Suas’ Literacy Support Programme. The programme works with volunteers to provide direct support to 8-14 year old school children in designated disadvantaged schools in Ireland to improve their literacy levels.
We will support this initiative through providing:
- Employee volunteers to work directly with the school children to deliver the Literacy Support Programme
- Pro bono counsel for Suas in respect of their own corporate affairs
- Annual funding to help the delivery of the Literacy programme nationally
A&L Goodbody has supported St Vincent's Girl's National School, North William St, Dublin 1, St Laurence O'Toole Girls and Boys National School with this programme and are currently supporting St Joseph's Co-ed Primary School, East Wall, Dublin 1.
Since the partnership was formed in 2013 approximately 180 A&L Goodbody volunteers have attended a weekly one-to-one paired reading session with the same pupil for an 8 week period.
Writer in Residence programme
The A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence Programme, run by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council, places a professional writer into an inner city school with the aim of improving literacy skills among pupils. The venture marks the first time that a business in Ireland has engaged a Writer in Residence with Business to Arts. As part of the partnership, A&L Goodbody provides funding, administrative and promotional support.
Catherine Ann Cullen, a children's author and poet, was selected as the professional writer and has been working with third and fourth class pupils at St Joseph's Co-ed Primary School in Dublin's East Wall with the aim of improving their writing and reading skills through creative means.
A&L Goodbody Belfast – A time to read partnership
Our Belfast office supports the improvement of literacy in their community and have partnered with Business in the Community Northern Ireland's (BITCNI) A Time to Read Literacy programme. This is also a paired reading programme with over 60 of our employees volunteering to participate in a weekly paired reading with St Patrick's National School, Belfast.
Work Experience Programmes
Step In Experience
The Step In Experience is a week-long bespoke work placement programme for transition year students. The objective of Step In Experience is to provide students aged 15-17 with an insight into the Firm and the potential career paths available to them.
Step In Experience runs three times a year during September, October and January accommodating 90 transition year students.
The programme follows a blended learning approach where students:
- Attend classroom style presentations provided by employees across various disciplines in the Firm
- Shadow A&L Goodbody employees in their day to day practice.
- Attend presentation and CV & interview skills workshops
- And participate in field trips to Trinity College Dublin, the Courts and the Law Library
The week-long programme is open to students from all schools throughout Dublin including our partner schools:
- O'Connell's Secondary School, North Richmond St, Dublin 1
- Mount Carmel Secondary School, Kings Inn St, Dublin 1
- Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount, Dublin 8
- Marian College, Sandymount, Dublin 4
Please not that all programs for Academic year 2019/2020 are now full. Applications for academic year 2020/2021 will open on 1 February 2020.
Trinity Centre for People with Disabilities (TCPID)
We support the work placement programme with the TCPID at Trinity College welcoming students for a period of 10 weeks.
Access and other educational programmes
Trinity Access Programme (TAP) and DCU Access programme
We have been a proud corporate supporter for many years of TAP's ‘Pathways to Law programme’ and DCU's Access programme. These programmes focus on steps to encourage and assist secondary students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study law. In addition to financially supporting these programmes, we provide professional guidance, student scholarships, summer intern programme placements, and mentoring and advice to law students.
Rodney Overend Educational Trust
The Rodney Overend Educational Trust was established by A&L Goodbody to honour the memory of one of its lawyers, Rodney Overend, a graduate of Law in Trinity in 1982. The Trust seeks to support promising young law students with their third-level education costs and a scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student entering Law in Trinity. The first bursary was awarded in 2013.
Junior Achievement Ireland encourages young people to remain in education and teaches them the skills they need to succeed in the working world. We have been actively involved in Junior Achievement both financially and by encouraging our employees to become volunteers. Over the last 15 years, more than 150 A&L Goodbody employees have volunteered for Junior Achievement in many local primary and secondary schools in the local community.