Have you ever wanted to live abroad, discover a new culture, improve your language skills and study in depth the laws of a different legal system? If so then the Erasmus/exchange programme might be exactly what you are looking for.
The Law School has many Erasmus exchange places in Europe as well as exchange agreements with universities in Canada, the United States and Australia. In their Junior Sophister year (third year), Law, Law and Business and Law and Political Science students have the option of spending the entire academic year abroad. The student continues to pay Trinity fees, in so far as these are required, but pays no fees to the host university. Participation in the European Erasmus programme is usually assisted by a small grant from the EU Commission, which may be approximately one thousand euro. However the exact amount fluctuates from year to year and from country to country. Non-EU exchanges, on the other hand, do not include financial assistance. The year abroad is not permitted in any other year other than the Junior Sophister year for Law degrees.
Law students have the following two options:
1. Apply for European Erasmus and Non-European exchanges of the Law School
2. Apply for College-wide exchange via the International Admissions and Study Abroad Desk to Australian National University (Canberra)
Law and Political Science students have the following two options:
1. Apply for European Erasmus exchanges via the Law School with the selected universities of Tübingen (DE), Mainz (DE), Berlin (DE) (NEW), Helsinki (FI), IEP Paris (FR), Strasbourg (FR) and Bologna (IT). In the majority of these universities students will be required to take modules through the respective languages of the country, with a minority of modules available through English. However in Helsinki (FI), IEP Paris (FR) and Berlin (DE) students can study all through English.
2. Apply for College-wide exchange via International Admissions and Study Abroad Desk
Law and Business students have the following two options:
1. Apply for Non-EU and European Erasmus exchanges via the Law School with the selected universities of Tübingen (DE), Mainz (DE), Berlin (DE) (NEW), Strasbourg (FR), Rouen (FR), Uppsala (SE), Madrid (SP), Louvain (BE) and Ohio (USA). In the majority of the universities, students will be required to take modules through the respective language of the country and through English. However in Uppsala (SE) and Berlin (DE) students have the option of studying all through English. In the past students have been able to study all modules through English in Madrid, Tübingen and Mainz, but this is not guaranteed for 2014-15.
2. Apply for College-wide exchange via the International Admissions and Study Abroad Desk
Law and Language students will only be eligible to study in France/Germany and have to apply through email@example.com, after consulting with the Law and Language Co-ordinators, Dr. Niamh Connolly and Nazli Heimann.
European Erasmus Exchanges
Pure Law students wishing to study at Louvain will have to select the majority of law courses through the French language. Law and Business students, however, can choose from a wide range of English taught modules in the Louvain School of Management.
- Paris II
- Bordeaux IV
- IEP/ Sciences Po, Paris
- Toulouse I
- Neoma Business School (Business School link)
Paris II, Poitiers, Bordeaux IV, Strasbourg and Toulouse have specialist law schools (among other disciplines). Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) teaches a broad range of subjects other than law. Rouen Business School is only on offer to Law and Business students.
All universities, apart from Rouen, are offered to both Law and French and pure Law students who choose to study abroad as Junior Sophisters. The places in IEP Paris and Strasbourg are also open to Law and Political Science students. Strasbourg offer places to Law and Business students. However, in all cases Law and French students have the first choice of available places.
- Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin
- Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nürnberg
- Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Würzburg
- Universitat Hamburg
- Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz
- Philips- Universitat Marburg
- Friedrich Schiller- Universitat Jena
- Eberhard Karls Universitat Tübingen
- Ludwig-Maximilians- Universitat Munchen
- Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
These places are offered to both Law and German and pure Law students who choose to study abroad as Junior Sophisters. The places in Tübingen, Mainz and Berlin are also open for Law and Political Science and Law and Business students. However, in all cases Law and German students have the first choice of available places.
Law and Business students can only apply to Madrid.
Law and Business students can only apply to Uppsala.
- University of Sydney
- Australian National University (College-wide exchange - apply through International Admissions and Study Abroad Desk)
- Emory University, Law School
- Indiana University, Bloomington, Maurer School of Law
- Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University (Business School link)
- Washington and Lee University, School of Law
Law and Business students can only apply for the Fisher College of Business, Ohio. The exchange is for one semester only. This is the only link that currently permits one semester exchanges.
For information on the number of places available through Law School links for 2014/15 and the language of instruction, please download the pdf document here. This document also includes provisional information on Business School partner universities which Law and Business students can apply to.
[See also Erasmus and Exchange Rules - available to download as a pdf document here]
Studying abroad is demanding and requires high levels of academic ability and dedication in order to adapt, succeed and reap the rewards. The allocation of places is subject to the student attaining at least a II.I grade in their forthcoming Senior Freshman examinations. Students must also show adequate linguistic proficiency in the language of instruction, where required.
The Law School allocates places using a competitive selection process. It is primarily based on the results of Junior Freshman examinations. Applicant students are ranked in order of their JF results and offered the highest of their preference that is available to them. Candidates must also submit a motivational letter and CV when applying. Language skills are also taken into consideration if required. Interviews are only organised for Washington and Lee and Indiana University to select the best candidate.
Students should understand that they will need to work hard while abroad. Our partner universities have very high standards, and the results which students attain abroad, will, after conversion into Trinity grades by the Law School’s Court of Examiners, count for a significant proportion of each exchange student’s degree. For Law, Law and Business and Law and Political Science students who choose to spend their third year abroad, just as for those who stay in Trinity, the Junior Sophister year counts for 50% of each student’s final degree mark. For these reasons, the year abroad must be taken seriously. However, experience has shown that the Trinity Law students who go abroad tend to be very able and motivated and acquit themselves very well, as well as enjoying all the other benefits of the experience.
Law and Language students are required to take part in the exchange programme in their Junior Sophister year. Students will spend the year abroad studying legal or related subjects in a French or German university.
35 per cent of Law and Language students’ final degree marks will be awarded on the basis of grades obtained during this year.
[Course Requirements] (local access only)
[Course Requirements] (local access only)
Deadline: 20th January 2014. Students who wish to apply must complete two important steps:
1. Carefully read the following documents:
2. If you agree to abide by the rules and regulations and personal declaration for study abroad, you must complete and send the following documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th January 2014:
b. Motivational Letter (Max 500 words-outlining key reasons why you wish to study abroad, both academic and personal, and why you would be a good ambassador for Trinity College Dublin)
d. Signed Personal Declaration for Study Abroad
If you have any queries, please contact the International and Visiting Student Office, Room 01C, House 39.
Dr. Julien Sterck
International and Visiting Student
Phone: 00353-1-896 8519
Phone: 00353-1- 896 2296