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North America Study Abroad

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The School of Law also has well established links with a number of prominent universities and law schools across North America. There are a limited number of study abroad places available for our undergraduate law students. Scholarships to aid the cost of travel to North America are also available from the School of Law for participating students. The participating universities include the University of Massachusetts, School of Law (Dartmouth), and the University of Victoria, British Columbia. 

Second Year undergrad Law students (Law Plus or Law and Accounting) may apply for travel during third year. You must have a minimum QCA of 2.90. There are limited School of Law scholarships available to help with travel fees. To inquire contact Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan.

The School of Law invites applications from students who are interested in completing a Study Abroad semester in Spring/Summer 2020 in one of our partner Law Schools in North America (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and the University of Victoria, British Columbia).

This opportunity is only open to current 2nd year Law Plus students.

Note: this semester will not count for academic credit and would therefore not contribute towards your QCA. All students must ensure that they receive the consent of their Course Director before undertaking such study abroad, however, it is not necessary to have obtained this consent before applying.

To facilitate students in undertaking such study, the School of Law has a limited number of scholarships to support students’ costs of travel to the partner Law School.

Students must have a minimum QCA of 2.9 in order to be considered for this opportunity and scholarship. If interested, students are required to submit the following:

  • Cover letter: This should outline why you want to undertake a study abroad semester and why you should be selected. It should also include your top preference(s) of university to visit as well as the modules you would like to undertake while there.
  • CV: This should be up to date and highlight your academic and other achievements to date.
  • Full student transcript: This is available online through the student record system.

Applications should be submitted to Students will then be shortlisted for interview to be conducted in the School of Law. 

Los Angeles Federal District Court Summer Externship Program

The School of Law is delighted to announce that we have secured a place for one law student on the prestigious Los Angeles Federal District Court 2018 Summer Externship Programme. The programme runs for three months from June 1st to August 31st with students spending two weeks in the Los Angeles Superior Courts and the remaining time with the Federal Court where they gain real-world, hands-on, work experience. The UL student chosen will join with a selected Law student from UCD, TCD, UCC etc on the programme that is supported by the Irish American Bar Association. The successful UL student will also receive a scholarship from the School of Law to the value of €1,000 to meet their expenses in completing the externship.

As usual, entry on to this programme is competitive and is open only to current 3rd and 4th year Law students (Law Plus or Law and Accounting) – or 2nd year Graduate Entry students – with a QCA of 3.3 or higher.

How to apply?

In order to be in with a chance of participating on this externship programme this summer, eligible students must send a cover letter (explaining why you should be chosen) and up-to-date CV. 

to by Monday, 5th February at 5pm.

This is an amazing opportunity to gain an international work placement in a competitive and dynamic workplace and I would strongly encourage all eligible students to apply as soon as possible.

​The School of Law offers a generous scholarship to the winning student who will gain invaluable experience in both the Los Angeles Federal and Superior Courts working in the judge's chambers and participating in the preparation of legal memoranda.  A School of Law scholarship is available to the value of €1,000 towards travel expenses. Contact Dr John Lombard for more details.

Read about Sean Beatty's experience on the programme.

Read about Saoirse Enright's experience on the programme.



CCRC Asia – China Internship Chinese FlagProgramme

The School of Law is committed to developing our Chinese linksand this has lead to the introduction of a three year scholarship programme for one law student to gain real-world, hands-on work experience in a top legal firm in China in conjunction with CRCC Asia’s China Internship Programme each summer. The School of Law’s China Internship Scholarship funds one aspiring student to a maximum value of €2,000 to undertake a 3-month work placement in Shanghai, Beijing, or Shenzen. 

Third and Fourth year undergraduate students (Law Plus or Law & Accounting) and First year Graduate Entry students may apply. You must have a minimum QCA of 2.9. A School of Law scholarship is available to the value of €1,500 towards the overall cost of a 2 or 3 month work placement with CRCC Asia. Contact Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan for more details. Read about Marian Dino's and Siobhán Sugrue's experiences on the CCRC Programme.

Sichuan University, Chengdu, China – University Immersion Programme

Building on the School of Law’s links with China’s prestigious Sichuan University (SCU), opportunities exist for undergraduate and postgraduate students to participate in SCU’s Summer Immersion Programme. In 2015, supported by a generous scholarship from the School of Law in UL and Sichuan University, a team of 10 School of Law students completed the two week programme in China, with fellow students from all around the world, gaining an invaluable international education experience.

We would like to invite applications from LLM/MA students or Grad Entry students interested in forming part of a School of Law postgraduate law student team to travel to Sichuan University, China for the University Immersion Programme. This will be the third time the School sends a team to Sichuan and follows on trips undertaken in July 2015 and July 2016.  

The UIP at Sichuan University is designed to provide international students the opportunity to gain campus experience in one of top 10 Chinese Universities and explore the unique West China Cultures. It offers a wide range of courses to meet the academic needs of students studying abroad and intensive Chinese cultural studies. Previous Chinese language study is not required. All courses will be taught in English.

Program highlights include:

  • Study with Sichuan University full-time students
  • Mingle opportunity with students from the world-wide
  • Broad and diverse range of courses available
  • Field trips to world historical, cultural and natural heritages sites (Buddhist, Taoist temples and Panda Breeding Center) etc
  • Countless opportunities to take part in local cultural experiences and academic events

As with previous years, scholarships to the value of approximately €400 are being provided to international students attending the program by Sichuan University. There are no application fees and no tuition fees. Moreover, on campus accommodation is provided to all students attending from partner institutions around the world (including UL) at no charge.  

This is a prestigious opportunity to be part of an international education programme, studying law/legal issues in China in classes delivered by world leading lecturers and mingling with fellow students from the top universities in the world (Harvard, MIT, KULeuven etc).

Third  and Fourth  year undergraduate law students (Law Plus or Law & Accounting), First and Second year Graduate Entry students, and postgraduate students can apply. Minimum eligibility has yet to be confirmed.  For more details contact Dr John Lombard.


Superior Courts InternshipImage of the Irish Supreme Court buildings at night

The purpose of the Chief Justice’s Summer Internship Programme for Law Students is to provide law students with experience that will be of assistance to them in their future careers. The Chief Justice will allocate each student intern to a Judge or Judges of the Superior Courts based on the student’s educational attainments and areas of study. This will provide a unique learning opportunity for students and will allow them to see and experience the law in action. Student interns will conduct legal research and will gain invaluable experience attending the various superior courts and observing courtroom proceedings. The School of Law provides a small stipend to the UL students who undertake this internship. The internship takes place over 4 weeks in the summer months. For more details contact Dr Una Woods. Read about Dara O'Dwyer's and Sinéad Mulcahy's experience on the Superior Courts internship.