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Ireland Summer Program

The Law School’s Ireland Summer Program, held at Trinity College Dublin, immerses students in international, comparative and Irish law, as well as Irish culture. Students take law courses at Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university, while also exploring the city of Dublin and such historic legal institutions as the Four Courts, the Irish Parliament and King’s Inns.

Program Overview

The Law School’s unique Ireland Summer Program, held at the beautiful and historic Trinity College, gives you the opportunity to learn and live in the heart of Dublin. During the day, you’ll take intensive courses on the Trinity campus. In 2017, courses will cover the Irish legal system, as well as such important current topics as international human rights, and comparative counterterrorism law.

The immersive program transcends the classroom, allowing you to experience Irish law, history and culture around Ireland’s bustling and cosmopolitan capital. Visits to legal institutions — such as the Four Courts; the King’s Inns Society, which trains Irish barristers; and Oireachtas Eireann, the Irish Parliament — grant you real-time perspective on Ireland’s justice system, as well as on how legislation is debated, enacted and judicially reviewed in the Republic of Ireland.

Historically significant sites such as Brú na Bóinne, the site of the Newgrange prehistoric passage tombs, and Kilmainham Gaol, where Padraig Pearse, James Connolly and other leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed, bring to life the Irish people’s path from British colony to an independent nation of laws — a path forged a century and a half earlier by the United States. Weekends present additional travel opportunities both around the country and to Northern Ireland, where you’ll witness the beauty of the Irish countryside and its many smaller towns and cities.

Program Timeline

  • Monday, May 22 - Orientation (evening)
  • Tuesday, May 23 - Classes begin
  • Monday, June 5 - Bank holiday, no classes
  • Tuesday, June 20 - Last day of classes
  • Wednesday, June 21 - Reading period
  • Thursday-Friday, June 22-23 - Exams/end of course

Apply to the Program

To complete your application, you must submit a letter of good standing from your law school, a current resume and a non-refundable application fee of $40 made payable to Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Mail this application to:

Quinnipiac University School of Law
Ireland Summer Program, Trinity College Dublin
Office of Admissions
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908


Professor William Dunlap

Director, Trinity Summer Program


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