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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. Details on applying, costs, courses, and more below.

Law students from New England Law | Boston in Galway, Ireland, honored to have the Chief Justice of the United States teach their law school study abroad program.
New England Law | Boston was honored to have Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., teach at our international law program summer session in Galway.

Applications for the 2019 Galway Program are now closed. Details regarding the summer 2020 study abroad program in Galway, Ireland, will be posted in the fall of 2019. Please check back soon!

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, this unique 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 to the Aran Islands. Students often choose to travel more extensively on the weekends as well.

Limited to about 50 students, the Galway program is typically held from late May to early July, 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.

Please see additional program details below.


“The Galway Program is a great opportunity to learn from leading specialists in international human rights. My professors were involved in such things as investigating genocide in Rwanda, the tribal cleansing in South Sudan, and human rights violations in Eastern Europe. New England Law also organized a lot of fun events so we could really experience the benefits of being abroad. We had the opportunity to visit breathtaking places in Galway and the freedom to travel around Europe.” —Ibrahim O. Dawood ’18

Galway Program Details

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 Galway Program are now closed. For details regarding applying for the 2020 program, please check back in the fall of 2019.


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.

Please 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.

After March 1, 2019, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $200. 

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 8, 2019. 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

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. 

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


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.


Session I: Saturday, May 25–Saturday, June 15, 2019

Session II: Saturday, June 15–Saturday, July 6, 2019

Students may attend either session or both. See "Courses, Credit, and Auditing" below to learn more about the classes offered during each session.

Costs and Financial Aid


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

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


University-provided housing costs €46.50 per night. Please note that housing costs are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

  • Housing estimate for both sessions (six weeks) at €46.50/night: ~$2,540 USD
  • Housing estimate for a single session (three weeks) at €46.50/night: ~$1,270 USD

A student who wishes to arrange his or her 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, 2019.

Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $100 if students apply by the early bird deadline of February 1, 2019, or $200 thereafter. 

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.

Application Deadline

Early bird deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019

The nonrefundable application fee is $100 if you apply by the early bird deadline (February 1) or $200 thereafter.

After March 1, 2019, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Who Can Participate

Approved by the American Bar Association, the Galway program is open to students in good standing at ABA-accredited US 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.

Courses, Credit, and Auditing

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.

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. 

Session I Courses: May 25-June 15, 2019

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.

Comparative Private Civil Rights Enforcement (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 15–July 6, 2019

Transitional Justice (2 credits)
Professor Dr. Anita Ferrara, Irish Centre for Human Rights 

This course introduces students to the debates, concepts, and dilemmas in the relatively new field of transitional justice. Students will explore the various accountability mechanisms that exist in addition to international or domestic criminal prosecution. On successful completion of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate the transitional justice mechanisms in light of stated objectives such as justice, truth, peace and reconciliation, and compliance with human rights law.

International Children’s Rights (1–2 credits)
Professor Amy Day, California Western School of Law

This course will cover legal issues concerning the role of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children. The course will provide an overview of the rights of children living without parental care, the rights of children exploited by sex trafficking, children and punishment, and the rights of displaced children affected by armed conflict. The course will also touch on issues affecting families seeking asylum in the United States.  


Amy Day

Amy Day is a Legal Writing Professor at California Western School of Law, where she teaches courses in Legal Skills. Prior to that she was a member of the full-time faculty at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. There, she taught courses in Legal Writing, Family Law, Evidence, Legal Principles, and Deposition Practice. In 2017, Professor Day taught a course in International Children’s Rights at Zhejiang University’s Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou, China, as part of Thomas Jefferson’s study abroad program. Earlier in her career, Professor Day was a litigator in the Washington, D.C. Her pro bono work focused on domestic relations matters, including divorce representation, child custody, and child sexual abuse issues, as well as interstate enforcement of civil protection orders and military family law. Professor Day earned her BS, cum laude, from Boston University College of Communication, her BA cum laude and with distinction from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.  

Dr. Anita Ferrara

Dr. Anita Ferrara is a lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. She obtained a PhD in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2012. She previously worked for United Nations Agencies as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the fields of Human Rights and Governance in Chile and Botswana.

Dr. Ray Murphy 

Ray Murphy is a professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a former practicing barrister and captain in the Irish Defense Forces, and he served with UN forces in Lebanon from 1981–1982 and in 1989. He has worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, Amnesty International, and the Irish government in human rights and election monitoring in Africa and Europe. His main teaching and research interests include international peace operations and international humanitarian law. He received a BA and an LLB from the National University of Ireland, Galway; a BL from King’s Inns, Dublin; an MLitt in international law from Trinity College Dublin; and a PhD in international law from the University of Nottingham, England.

Charles W. Sorenson, Jr.

Professor Charles Sorenson teaches Civil Procedure, Comparative Civil Rights Enforcement, Federal Courts, and The Law and Ethics of Lawyering at New England Law. An associate dean from 2004 to 2006, he has supervised the law school’s judicial internship programs, and he currently directs the summer study abroad program in Galway. In 2012, he was appointed to a five-year term on the Committee on Judicial Ethics by the justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He has written on civil procedure, first amendment rights, and legal ethics. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1991, he was a trial attorney with the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice. He previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. Donald R. Ross of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

NUI Galway Facilities and Activities

Established in 1846, the National University of Ireland, Galway, offers degrees in arts, law, medicine, engineering, and other subjects. The school has a student body of more than 17,000 students, twelve percent of which are international.

The summer program holds classes on weekday mornings and early afternoons in a modern classroom building located in the heart of the university, adjacent to the campus dining facilities, computer labs, library, fitness center, and pub.

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.

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 and a dinner cruise up the River Corrib.


Corrib Village, the student accommodation at National University of Ireland, Galway, is beautifully situated along the banks of the River Corrib. Students in the Galway Program are housed in en suite apartments, which are described below.

En Suite Accommodation

All apartments have four bedrooms (two doubles and two singles). One double and one single are en suite with the remaining double and single sharing an interconnecting bathroom. All bathrooms have a shower, toilet, and wash hand basin. All bedrooms have television and direct dial telephones, which can be activated by paying a deposit to reception upon arrival. Each apartment has a living area with television.


Reception is open from 24 hours daily. Check-in is between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Checkout is before 10:00 a.m. and there is a late checkout charge of €50.00 for anyone who fails to check out on time. Guests must come to reception to check in and to check out, including returning their room key. Failure to return room key will result in a fine of €20.00 per key.

Bed Linens, Electricity, and Heating

Bed linens and towels are provided for all guests. Timers located in each apartment operate hot water, heat, and electricity. These charges are included in the program housing costs.

Cleaning Schedule

For B&B Bookings and room only bookings: Clean towels are provided, beds are tidied, bins are emptied, and bathroom is cleaned daily. Linens are changed every third day.


Should you have any queries relating to your accommodation prior to arrival, please contact Olivia McBride at If there are any issues relating to your accommodation upon arrival, please let the on-site manager know and contact the registration desk immediately, and we will endeavor to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

On-Site Facilities

The on-site restaurant serves continental breakfast and is open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Hours may be subject to change.) Other amenities include a shop, coin-operated launderette, and tennis courts. A complimentary shuttle bus service to downtown Galway operates from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Every hour on the hour the bus goes into Eyre Square and every half of the hour the bus returns from Eyre Square to Corrib Village.


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 5, 2019, 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 5, 2019, 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.

For more information, contact:

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