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Law students have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore international and human rights law in the breathtaking setting of Galway, Ireland, through this study abroad program—open to both New England Law | Boston students and students from ABA-accredited law schools.

Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher, a perennial favorite destination amongst our study abroad students (Image credits: Hannah Haven '21)

An Unbeatable Study Abroad Experience for Law Students

New England Law | Boston, in conjunction with the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, offers an exciting and unique summer study abroad opportunity for law students at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. Taught by experts from Ireland and the United States, the program focuses on international and comparative human rights law and accountability for human rights violations. 

Featuring thought-provoking and rigorous courses, the Galway Program has attracted many distinguished visiting faculty members over the years, including U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony M. Kennedy, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. 

Outside of class, law students explore the beautiful city of Galway, go to Irish courts, attend social events, and visit the Aran Islands. Students often choose to travel more extensively on the weekends as well.

Limited to about 50 students, the Galway Program is broken into two three-week sessions. Students can attend either session or both. This timing also allows New England Law students to participate in our Summer Fellowship Program

River Corrib Cruise
River Corrib Cruise
NUI Galway
NUI Galway
Students in Galway
Students in Galway

Studying in Galway was a wonderful way to explore an area of international law I'm interested in but would not have the opportunity to study otherwise. The professors were great and incredibly knowledgeable. Galway is beautiful, there are lots of fun things to do and see, and it's easy to take a weekend trip if you want to go outside the city.” —Sonia McCallum ’21

Galway Program Details

How to Apply

We’re so glad you’d like to join us in Galway, Ireland! Please make sure you have read all of the program details on this page before applying.

Note: Students who do not attend New England Law must also submit a letter of good standing from their law school that includes permission to take the Galway courses.

Deadlines and Fees

Early bird deadline: February 1, 2020

After March 1, 2020, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

The nonrefundable application fee is $100 if you apply by the early bird deadline (February 1) or $200 thereafter.
In addition, within two weeks of notification of acceptance, students are required to provide a $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit. The balance of the tuition and fees must be paid by May 13, 2020. This date may be extended upon request due to timing of financial aid disbursement. Admitted students will receive financial aid details in their acceptance packet.

Apply Online and Pay by Credit Card

Apply for the 2020 Galway Program now.

If you apply online and do not attend New England Law, you will need to send your letter of good standing separately. You can mail the letter to the Office of the Registrar (see address below).

Mail Application and Pay by Check

If you would prefer to pay the application fee by check, you will need to submit a paper application. You can download the application PDF here. Please make your check out to “New England Law | Boston Galway Program.”

You can send your application, check, and letter of good standing (if relevant) to:

Office of the Registrar
New England Law | Boston
154 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Re: Summer Program in Galway, Ireland

Costs and Financial Aid


Tuition is $750 per credit hour.

  • Tuition estimate for both sessions (six weeks/six credit hours): $4,500
  • Tuition estimate for a single session (three weeks/three credit hours): $2,250

These charges cover classes, computer access, and planned outings in Galway. Please see additional costs below.


University-provided housing is €54 per night. Please note that housing costs are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

  • Housing estimate for both sessions (six weeks) at €54/night: ~$2,730 USD*
  • Housing estimate for a single session (three weeks) at €54/night: ~$1,365 USD*

A student who wishes to arrange their own housing in Galway may do so, but the student must provide written notification of the alternate housing to the program director before March 1, 2020. 

* Calculated using historical average exchange rate. Actual rate may vary. 

Other Expenses

Other anticipated expenses not covered by tuition and fees include food (estimated at $2,150 for students participating in both sessions, or $1,100 for a single session, depending on how much students use the kitchenettes in their housing); books and supplies (approximately $400 for both sessions, or $200 for a single session); airfare to and from Ireland; and any additional entertainment or travel chosen by the student.

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and obtaining their assigned textbooks in their home countries before their departure for Galway. Passports are required for travel to Ireland and are the responsibility of each student. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland.

Financial Aid

New England Law students may be eligible for financial aid. (Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.) Participants from other law schools should contact their financial aid office to determine financial aid eligibility.

Courses and Credits

New England Law is thrilled to offer four exciting courses, taught by exceptional faculty from around the globe.

Classes are held earlier in the day, so there is time to study and explore Galway in the afternoon and evenings. Classrooms are also a short walk from student housing.

2020 Courses

Session I Courses: May 24-June 12, 2020

International Humanitarian Law (2 credits)
Professor Dr. Ray Murphy, Irish Centre for Human Rights

This course explores contemporary issues of international law and international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict. It involves a brief introduction to the sources of international law, an examination of the UN Charter provisions governing the use of force, and an examination of the concept of humanitarian intervention and UN-authorized or UN-mandated peacekeeping operations. The course explores the concept, purpose, and contemporary sources of IHL; the concept of armed conflict; and the protection of civilians and the conduct of hostilities. The convention dealing with the protection of prisoners of war is also examined. The course refers to contemporary situations such as Iraq, Kosovo, and Afghanistan; draws on a number of historical examples; and includes a review of the implementation of IHL and the role of international tribunals.

Private Civil Rights Enforcement: A Comparison of the United States and Irish Approaches (1–2 credits)
Professor Charles Sorenson, New England Law | Boston

This course will examine private rights of action created under European Community, Irish and United States law for redress of Civil Rights violations. The primary critical focus will be on the ways constitutions, statutes, treaties, European Union law, and common law recognize, facilitate, and raise barriers to the enforcement by private individuals of their civil rights against government and non-government actors. Students’ general familiarity with the United States Constitution, especially the amendments to the Constitution, will be presumed. A brief overview of the Irish Constitution and governmental system will be undertaken at the beginning of the course for general background. This reading will ideally be done in the weeks before the course begins. Thereafter, the class will selectively review private civil rights enforcement issues with an emphasis on the approach under United States law, comparing the Irish approach and the effect of the European Community law in key areas.

Session II Courses: June 14–July 3, 2020

International Criminal Law (2 credits)
Professor Victor Hansen, New England Law | Boston

This course will focus on major international crimes, including war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, torture, aggression, and terrorism. In addition to discussing these crimes, the course will focus on general legal principles of criminal liability such as joint and indirect perpetration, superior responsibility, and the defense of obedience to orders. We will compare the similarities and differences between these international crimes and theories of liability with traditional crimes in domestic courts. The course will also examine the relationship between humanitarian law and human rights law in the international criminal setting. Finally, the course will examine the various international, quasi-international, and domestic forums where these crimes are prosecuted as well as jurisdictional issues. Students will be required to participate in a number of small group problem-solving exercises related to the subject matter as well as compete a final paper for the course.

Islam and International Human Rights (1–2 credits)

Professor Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui, Irish Centre for Human Rights

The course introduces various human rights approaches to cultural relativism connecting them to contemporary persistent problems within Islam and human rights framework. A brief introduction to basic notions of Islamic law is followed by a study and critical analysis of a series of tensions between Islam and human rights, which takes the form of constitutional rights in domestic contexts. Examples from the following areas are covered: Islamic criminal justice system and traditional punishments, Islam and political violence (extremism), and freedom of religion and treatment of minorities, as well as women’s rights. In the discussion of the examples, students will be encouraged to reflect on the possible consequences for the Islam and human rights dialogue following from various possible positions adopted on either side.


Students 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.

Credits are transferable to most law schools. Students should check with the registrar’s office at their school to determine the transferability of grades and credits earned in this program. It is unlikely that participation in a summer program will accelerate graduation for a full-time student. 

Who Can Participate

Approved by the American Bar Association, the Galway Program is open to students in good standing at ABA-accredited U.S. law schools and at Canadian and European university law programs. Students must have completed the first year of full-time or part-time study by the time the Galway Program courses start for the given year.

Passports are required for travel to Ireland and are the responsibility of each student. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland.

Location, Facilities/Housing, and Activities


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 western 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.


Classes and activities are wheelchair accessible. In accordance with the laws of Ireland and the rules of the National University of Ireland, provisions are made to accommodate students with physical disabilities. Public services in Ireland must be accessible, but private businesses, such as pubs, often are not.

Participants in the program are housed in university student apartments, overlooking the River Corrib on the edge of the university campus. Apartments include en suite bedrooms, desks, telephones, and common rooms with TVs and kitchenettes.

View housing details.


Visits to local Irish courts, social events, and sightseeing field trips are also offered as part of the program. This includes a trip to the Aran Islands, a visit to the Burren/Cliffs of Mohr, and a dinner cruise on the River Corrib.

Travel Arrangements and Passports

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and obtaining their assigned textbooks in their home countries before their departure for Galway. 

Passports are required for travel to Ireland and are the responsibility of each student. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland.


Cancellation Policy

New England Law | Boston and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc., reserve the right to alter or cancel this program. Cancellation would occur in the event of program under-enrollment or unforeseen international events that could substantially inhibit program operations or seriously compromise student safety. If the program is canceled, all tuition and fees will be returned.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

If the program receives a student’s written notice of withdrawal prior to April 3, 2020, the program will retain the student’s application fee and $500 deposit but will refund any other money the student has paid. If written notice of withdrawal is received after April 3, 2020, the student will also be responsible for any charges beyond $500 that the program has incurred on the student’s behalf, including full tuition and fees if notice of withdrawal is received after classes have begun.

If the withdrawal is occasioned by a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert covering Ireland for all or part of the period of the program, or by changes in the program, refunds will be as follows: (1) if the program change or travel warning or alert occurs before the program begins, all money paid by the student will be refunded; or (2) if the program change or travel warning or alert occurs after the program has begun, program fees will be refunded except for those incurred prior to the date of withdrawal.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

New England Law | Boston is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment that is free from all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment, and in which no member of the School community is, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender (hereinafter understood to include both identity and expression) excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any School program or activity.

Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from School programs or activities. The school’s non-discrimination statement, Title IX Coordinator, and complaint procedure can be found in the full Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of New England Law | Boston to provide equality of opportunity in legal education for all applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender (including of identity and expression), age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. The law school complies with all applicable federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX. Please contact the Director of Student Services at 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116 (617-422-7401) with any questions.

For more information, contact:

  • Professor Charles Sorenson, Director of the Galway Program
  • New England Law | Boston
  • 154 Stuart Street
  • Boston, MA 02116