You’ll always know where our Irish participants are during Empire weekend: just follow the sounds of laughter, green sweaters and giant crowds! Traveling from Dublin to Cork and in everywhere in between, our Irish competitors are consistently the most enthusiastic. Their bubbly personalities and unwavering energy are contagious. But not only are they friendly, they’re extraordinarily talented and hard working. Historically, they’ve been the most successful of our international friends, placing several teams in the top ten and famously capturing the 2009 World Championship (the only international team to accomplish such a feat).
Our Irish friends come to us after competing in the Public Access to Law’s (PAL) National Mock Trial competition. Empire has a special arrangement with the PAL where any school that places in the top 4 of its national competition is eligible to compete at Empire New York. With the opening of Empire San Fran, we will now welcome additional Irish teams to apply to compete at the Empire.
All international schools that apply and are accepted to an Empire program receive at least three video sessions with a member of our staff. During these (virtual) meetings, students are taught about the American legal system and courtroom procedures. Additionally, with the assistance of past Irish-Empire participants, Empire has prepared a guide to help students adapt seamlessly to our competition. You can download it below.