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Ireland Summer Program

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The School of Law'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 School of Law'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 2020, courses will cover the Irish legal system, 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 Patrick 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.

Typical Program Timeline

  • Monday, May 18, 2020 – Orientation
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Classes begin
  • Monday, June 1, 2020 – Bank holiday, no classes
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – Last day of classes
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – Reading period
  • Thursday-Friday, June 18-19, 2020 – Exams/end of course

Apply to the Program

Applications are not being taken for the 2020 session. We look forward to resuming the Ireland Summer Program in 2021.


Professor William Dunlap

Director, Trinity Summer Program