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Mark O’Brien O’Reilly (Pupil)

Profile

Mark is a first six pupil.

Education

  • BCL Law with History 2019, University College Dublin, First Class Honours 
  • LLM (Master of Law), University of Cambridge, October 2020 – June 2021, First Class Honours. Papers included International Environmental Law
  • Bar Professional Training Course, September 2019 – August 2020, BPP University Law School, Outstanding
     

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Elected by the Governing Body of Queen’s College, Cambridge to a Foundation Scholarship
  • Awarded a full scholarship plus maintenance (the Snowdon Cambridge Scholarship 2020) by the Cambridge Trust to undertake an LLM (Master of Law) at the University of Cambridge
  • The Baroness Hale of Richmond BPTC Scholarship 2019, awarded by The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, is the Inn’s newest and most prestigious scholarship. It is awarded to candidates of exceptional merit
  • The BPTC Advocacy Scholarship 2019 is awarded by BPP University Law School to those who demonstrate an outstanding aptitude for advocacy
  • The Career Commitment Scholarship 2019 is awarded by BPP University Law School to those who are considered to be the most promising future legal professionals
  • The Jomati Foundation Bursary 2019, awarded by the Jomati Foundation, assists students of high academic ability with the costs of qualifying as a barrister
  • The Hebe Plunkett Award 2019, awarded by The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
  • Irish Law Student of the Year 2019 awarded at the Irish National Law Awards in recognition of academic, professional and personal achievements
  • The Gold Medal for Mooting 2017 which is awarded by the University College Dublin Law Society to the student most successful in mooting in the previous academic year
  • Certificate in Work Related Learning (Commercial Law in the City of London) 2017 awarded by the University College Dublin Career Development Centre

Mooting, Debating and Other Advocacy Experience

Mooting

  • Winner of the 2021 Cambridge University Human Rights Law Moot
  • Winner of the 2018 Irish National Moot Court Competition which was judged by a Supreme Court and High Court judge
  • Winner of the 2017 Silken Thomas National Moot Court and the 2016 Vivian Lavan Moot Court Competition, which were judged by a District and Circuit Court Judge respectively 
  • Best Advocate of the 2017 Cecil Lavery Moot Court 
  • Runner-up of the 2016 University College Dublin Pro-Am Moot Court 
  • Semi-finalist of the 2017 National Moot Court Competition, the 2016 University College Cork Moot Court Open and the 2017 Cecil Lavery Moot Court 
  • Attended a Stetson Law School advocacy training course on the art of mastering cross examination in July 2017 
  • Invited to judge several mooting competitions at the University of New South Wales

Debating and public speaking

  • Addressed the launch of the University College Dublin Sutherland Opportunity in December 2019, a new scholarship opportunity providing financial support to enable students from under-represented groups to pursue a career in law
  • Winner of the 2016 National De Valera Cup for Debating 
  • Finalist of the 2015 University College Dublin Intervarsity Novice Debating Competition 
  • Semi-finalist of the 2016 Irish Times National Debating Competition 
  • Semi-finalist of the 2015 James Joyce Maidens' Debating Competition 
  • Represented the University College Dublin Law Society as a judge at the European Universities Debating Championships in August 2016 
  • Participated in various international debating competitions 
  • Spoke in several house debates at university 
  • Captain of the St Patrick’s Classical School debating team 
  • Chosen to act as valedictorian at school graduation ceremony due to public speaking ability and academic achievements 

Negotiation

  • Winner of the European Law Students’ Association Maynooth International Negotiation Competition in March 2019. As part of team of two, defeated a team from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. in the final 
  • Finalist of the University College Dublin Student Legal Service McCann FitzGerald Commercial Negotiation Competition in November 2017, having previously been a semi-finalist in November 2016 

Publications

  • The Case for the Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment at the International Level, FTB Environmental Law Blog
  • M O’Brien O’Reilly, ‘Divorce and the Constitution: An Unhappy Union?’, University College Dublin Student Legal Service Journal: Challenging the Status Quo: Student Perspectives on Law Reform (2019) 
  • M O’Brien O’Reilly, ‘The Election, and Constitutional Role, of the President of Ireland’, University College Dublin Student Legal Service Journal: 80 Years of Bunreacht na hÉireann (2018) 
  • M O’Brien O’Reilly, ‘The Rule of Law in the EU and the Polish question’, University College Dublin Student Legal Service Journal: Legal Effects of the European Union (2017) 
  • M O’Brien O’Reilly, ‘Challenging a Referendum’, University College Dublin Student Legal Service Journal: Public Interest Law in Ireland (2016) 
     

Memberships

  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) 
  • UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
     

Other Relevant Work Experience

  • Occasional Lecturer at Maynooth University, September 2021
  • Executive Assistant to the Director of Summer at UCD, University College Dublin Estates Services (summer 2019)
  • Mark spent time working as a vacation scheme student at leading law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills where he worked on large-scale, long-term infrastructure and energy projects

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