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Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland

Summer Program on International and Comparative Human Rights Law, offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore international and human rights law in the breathtaking setting of Galway, Ireland. Details for 2019 Galway program below.

The 2019 Galway program will be held from May 25 to July 6, broken into two three-week sessions (additional details below). Students can choose to attend either session or both. This timing allows New England Law students to participate in our Summer Fellowship Program as well.

  • Session I: Saturday, May 25–Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Session II: Saturday, June 15–Saturday, July 6, 2019

“The Galway Program is a great opportunity to learn from leading specialists in international human rights. My professors were involved in such things as investigating genocide in Rwanda, the tribal cleansing in South Sudan, and human rights violations in Eastern Europe. New England Law also organized a lot of fun events so we could really experience the benefits of being abroad. We had the opportunity to visit breathtaking places in Galway and the freedom to travel around Europe.” —Ibrahim O. Dawood ’18


For detailed information on the 2019 Galway Program, please see the following pages:

Spend up to Six Weeks in Ireland

New England Law—along with California Western School of Law, Mitchell | Hamline School of Law, and South Texas College of Law Houston—offers this exciting opportunity to study law during the summer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Taught by experts in the field from Ireland and the United States, the program focuses on courses related to international and comparative human rights law and accountability for human rights violations.

The program has attracted many distinguished visiting faculty members over the years, including US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who taught in 2014 and in 2008; Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who taught in 2011; Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Ruth V. McGregor (retired), in 2010; and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in 2009.

Approved by the American Bar Association, the program is also open to students in good standing at ABA-accredited US law schools and at Canadian and European university law programs. Participants may take courses for credit (which requires successful performance on final examinations) or as auditors (final examinations are not required). All courses are graded on an A–F scale. Course instruction is in English.

The program is limited to about 50 students, which permits relatively intimate seminars in which students get a better opportunity to work and interact with each other and the faculty. Limiting the enrollment also allows the program to guarantee reasonably priced housing for all students. In past years, participants have come from several different law schools, including the four sponsoring American law schools.


National University of Ireland, Galway, quadrangle

National University of Ireland, Galway, quadrangle


Galway is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland on the western coast, a short ride from the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands, and Connemara National Park. The National University of Ireland’s campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib within a few minutes’ walk of the heart of Galway, the vibrant cultural center of the west of Ireland. The National University of Ireland, Galway—among the top 1% of universities in the world, according to QS World University Rankings—was also recently named one of Business Insider's top 30 most beautiful universities in Europe. 

Additional Information

For additional information, please review the pages above, or contact Professor Charles Sorenson, Director of the Galway Program.