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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.

Study Abroad in Ireland

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 in the field from Ireland and the United States, this unique program focuses on courses related to international and comparative human rights law and accountability for human rights violations. 

The 2018 Galway program will be held from Sunday, May 27, to Friday, June 22. Students can choose either a two- or four-week session. (Please see details below.) This convenient timing also allows New England Law students to participate in our Summer Fellowship Program later in the season as well.

An Unbeatable International Experience for Law Students

Study abroad in Ireland and enjoy one of the country’s most dynamic and beautiful areas! Attendees have the opportunity to explore Galway, visit Irish courts, attend social events, and enjoy a trip to the Aran Islands.

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

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 may take courses for credit or as auditors.

Participation is limited to about 50 students, which allows for more opportunities to work closely and interact with each other and faculty. It also ensures reasonably priced housing for all students.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the 2018 Galway Program.

2018 Galway Program Details


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. 


Session I: Sunday, May 27–Friday, June 8

Session II: Sunday, June 10–Friday, June 22

The program opens Sunday, May 27, 2018, with an afternoon introductory meeting and welcome reception for participants and faculty. First-session classes run from May 28 through June 8. The second session runs from June 10 through June 22.

Students may participate in both Sessions I and II, or Session I only. 

Costs and Financial Aid

Sessions I and II tuition and housing fees: $6,250

Session I only tuition and housing fees: $3,155

These charges cover tuition ($4,500 for six credit hours or $2,250 for three credit hours), accommodations, computer access, and activities. There is also a nonrefundable application fee of $100 if students apply by the early bird deadline of February 1, 2018, or $200 if they apply by the final deadline of March 1, 2018. (Please “Application Deadline” and “How to Apply” below for details.) 

A student who wishes to arrange his or her own housing in Galway may do so, reducing the charge by either $1,750, if the student enrolls in both sessions, or by $905, if the student enrolls in only the first session. The student must provide written notification of the alternate housing to the program director before March 1, 2018.

Please note: Other anticipated expenses not covered include food (approximately $1,450 for Sessions I and II, or $750 for Session I only, depending on how much students use the kitchenettes in their housing); books and supplies (approximately $400 for Sessions I and II, or $200 for Session I only); 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.

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: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Final deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

Because enrollment is limited to approximately 50 students, we recommend that you apply early to ensure admission.

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.

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.

In addition, within two weeks of notification of acceptance, the student is required to provide a $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit. The balance of the tuition and fees must be paid by May 8, 2018. 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.

You can apply for the Galway program in one of two ways: by filing out the online application and paying the nonrefundable application fee via credit card or by mailing in a paper application and paying by check (please see details below).

Apply Online and Pay by Credit Card

Apply online here.

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 fill out and then print the application PDF found 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

Who Can Participate

Admission is open to any law student at an ABA-accredited law school, as well as any student enrolled in a Canadian or European university law program in good academic standing as determined by the student’s law school. Students must have completed the first year of full-time or part-time study by the time the Galway Program starts on May 27, 2018.

NUI Galway Facilities

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 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 T.V. En suite accommodation is “Type 2” on the plan below.


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 / return 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. Linen is changed every third day.


With bookings handled by the conference office, all information is passed on directly to Corrib Village. 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, tennis courts, and horse riding. A complimentary shuttle bus service 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.

Courses, Credit, and Auditing

Participants 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 1 Courses: May 27-June 8

International Law and International Humanitarian Law (Professors Ray Murphy and Shane Darcy, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

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 (Professor Charles Sorenson, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)

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 2 Courses: June 10–22

Transitional Justice (Dr. Anita Ferrara, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

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 Human Rights and Employment Law (Professor Lisa Freudenheim, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)

This course will explore key areas at the intersection of international human rights and employment law, including collective rights to organize and bargain, individual rights against discrimination in the workplace, child labor laws, fair compensation laws, and workplace safety. United States laws in each of these areas will be compared with both international laws and initiatives (i.e., conventions of the International Labor Organization and the United Nations) and specific laws from a sample of geographically and economically diverse countries. The class will be conducted through lectures, problems for discussion, videos, role-playing exercises, and individual presentations.


Dr. Shane Darcy 

Dr. Shane Darcy is a lecturer in international human rights law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, and director of the Centre’s PhD program. He was a Government of Ireland scholar and the 2007 recipient of the Eda Sagarra Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences, awarded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. An associate editor of Criminal Law Forum, he conducts research projects on the judicial development of international criminal law and humanitarian law. He has participated in training, workshops, and research projects in Cambodia, China, India, Iran, South Africa, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He holds a BA from the University of Limerick, and LLM and PhD degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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 Ph.D. 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.

Professor Lisa R. Freudenheim

Lisa R. Freudenheim is a Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Excellence Program at New England Law Boston, where she teaches courses on legal analysis, and academic and professional skills. Professor Freudenheim was formerly a member of the faculty at Suffolk University Law School, where she taught Advanced Legal Writing, Appellate Practice, and Legal Practice Skills. She has also taught at Boston College Law School and Brandeis University. Between 1993 and 1997, Professor Freudenheim worked as an employment litigation associate at major law firms in New York and Boston, focusing on complex employment litigation and appellate matters. She has also developed and presented programs at law firms and corporations nationwide on persuasive advocacy and business writing. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. 

Professor 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.

Professor Charles W. Sorenson, Jr.

Professor 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 directed the summer abroad program in Ireland. 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 articles 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.


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 6, 2018, 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 6, 2018, 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 US 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.

Ready to take the next step?

For more information, contact:

  • Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa, Director of the Galway Program
  • New England Law | Boston
  • 154 Stuart Street
  • Boston, MA 02116