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New England Law | Boston was honored to have Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., teach at our summer program in Galway.

Six Weeks in Ireland

New England Law | Boston—along with California Western School of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Houston College of Law—offers an exciting opportunity to study law during the summer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland in 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, including Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., who taught in 2009; the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scalia in 2008 and 2014; Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in 2011; and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Ruth V. McGregor in 2010. 

Approved by the American Bar Association, the program is 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 require successful performance on final examinations) or as auditors (final examinations are not required). All courses are graded on an A–F scale. 


Students must enroll for the full six-week session and may take three of the six courses offered during the program. A student may earn a total of six credits, transferable to most law schools. The program is limited to about 50 students, which encourages intimate seminars in which students get an opportunity to work and interact with each other and the faculty. 


Galway is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, 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 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. Visits to local Irish courts, social events, and sightseeing field trips are also offered as part of the program.


Established in 1846, the National University of Ireland, Galway, offers degrees in arts, law, medicine, engineering, and other subjects, and has a student body of about 17,000 students from more than 90 countries. Participants are housed in university student apartments overlooking the River Corrib.

Galway Courses (2016)

Contemporary Challenges in the Protection of Human Rights Worldwide

  • Professors Kathleen Cavanaugh and Aoife Duffy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway

Human Trafficking

International Human Rights and Employment Law

International Law and International Humanitarian Law

  • Professors Ray Murphy and Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway

Law of the Sea and Human Rights

  • Professor John E. Noyes, California Western School of Law

Securing Women’s and Girls’ Access to Education: A Human Rights Perspective

For more information

  • Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa, Program Coordinator
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