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Study Abroad Year, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Study Abroad Opportunities

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 an extensive exchange programme with over 30 prestigious Law Schools across Europe, North America, Australia and Hong Kong. Law students are permitted to study abroad in their Junior Sophister year. Students are expected to study abroad for the full academic year, with the exception of a one semester exchange in Emory University and Fisher College of Business.

Students continues to pay Trinity fees, in so far as these are required, but pay no fees to the host university. An Erasmus mobility grant is provided for students studying in a European university. There is no financial support for non-EU universities.

Law students have two options:

  1. Apply for European Erasmus and Non-European exchanges of the Law School (see partner universities)
  2. Apply for Non-EU College-wide exchange via the International Admissions and Study Abroad Office to Australian National University (Canberra), National University of Singapore, University of Queensland and University of Toronto

Law and Political Science students have two options:

  1. Apply for European Erasmus exchanges via the Law School with the selected universities in Helsinki, Sciences Po Paris, Strasbourg, Bologna, Berlin, Tubingen and Mainz
  2. Apply for Non-EU College-wide exchange via International Admissions and Study Abroad Office to Australian National University (Canberra), National University of Singapore and the University of Queensland

Law and Business students have two options:

  1. Apply for Non-EU and European Erasmus exchanges via the Law School with the selected universities in Ohio, Strasbourg, Rouen, Uppsala, Madrid, Louvain, Berlin, Tubingen and Mainz
  2. Apply for College-wide exchange via the International Admissions and Study Abroad Office to University of Queensland
Law and Language students:
Only eligible to study in France or Germany and have to apply through law.exchange@tcd.ie, after consulting with the Law and Language Coordinators, Dr. Niamh Connolly and Nazli Heimann.

Partner Universities

For a list of the universities available to each law degree programme with the language of instruction and number of places available, please follow this link:

Law School Erasmus and Exchange Programme 2015/16

EUROPE

Belgium

Spain

Denmark

Finland

Italy

Switzerland

France

Germany

Sweden

The Netherlands

 

NON-EU

Australia

Hong Kong

United States of America

Canada

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Eligibility and Requirements

Law, Law and Business and Law and Political Science

[See also Erasmus and Exchange Rules (PDF, 383KB)]

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.

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Law and Language students

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.

For details on how to apply and the course requirements please follow this link (local access only)

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How to Apply

Deadline: 9th January 2015. Students who wish to apply must complete two important steps:

1. Carefully read the following documents:

Erasmus and Exchange Rules (PDF, 383KB)

Personal Declaration for Study Abroad

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 law.exchange@tcd.ie by 9th January 2015:

a. Law School Exchange Programme Application Form

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)

c. CV

d. Signed Personal Declaration for Study Abroad

If you are applying to Indiana University, Bloomington or Washington and Lee, you will be asked to complete an interview in late January. Please include in your motiviational letter why you wish to study in these universities.

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Contact

If you have any queries, your first point of contact is the International and Visiting Student Office in Room 0.1C in House 39. If you have an academic-related query, please contact the relevant Erasmus Coordinators below:

Celine Walsh

Dr. Julien Sterck
Dr. Diarmuid Rossa Phelan

International and Visting Student Executive Officer

Erasmus Coordinator for Outgoing Trinity Students

Erasmus Coordinator for Incoming Visiting Students

Administrative Queries

Academic Queries

Academic Queries

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday

11.00-13.00

14.00 - 16.00

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday

11.00-13.00

14.00 - 16.00

Office Hours:

Monday

12.00-13.00

 

Room 0.1C: International and Visiting Student Office

Room 2.1A

Room 2.7

Phone: 00353-1-896-2296

Phone: 00353-1-896-1997

Phone: 00353-1-896-2298

Email: law.exchange@tcd.ie

Email: law.exchange@tcd.ie

Email: law.exchange@tcd.ie

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Last updated 31 July 2015 School of Law (Email).