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 35 prestigious Law Schools across Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East. Law students are permitted to study abroad in their Junior Sophister year. Students can study abroad for the full year or for one semester. Students continue to pay Trinity fees, in so far as these are required, but pay no fees to the host university. An Erasmus mobility is grant provided for students studying in a European university. There is financial support for students attending universities outside the EU through the Global Mobility bursaries. More information can be found here.
Single Honors Law students have two options:
- Apply for European Erasmus and Non-European exchanges of the Law School (see Partner Universities.)
Joint Honors Law with Language students:
Joint Honors Law with Business / Political Science and History students:
The Law School has over 35 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:
- Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne
- Paris II Pantheon Assas
- IEP/ Sciences Po, Paris
- Toulouse I
- Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin
- Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Würzburg
- Universitat Hamburg
- Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz
- Philips- Universitat Marburg
- Eberhard Karls Universitat Tübingen
- Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
- Heidelberg University
- Carlos III Madrid (open to Law with Business students only)
- ESADE Law School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona
- Comillas Pontifical
- Uppsala University
United States of America
- Boston College, Law School
- Indiana University, Bloomington, Maurer School of Law
- University of Notre Dame
- Washington and Lee University, School of Law
- Law School Exchange Programme Rules 2024/25
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. Language skills are also taken into consideration if required. 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 strictly subject to the student attaining at least a II.II grade in their forthcoming Senior Freshman examinations. However, North American and Asian universities require students to obtain a II.1 in their JF and SF exams.
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 students who entered Trinity from 2019/20 onwards, the Junior Sophister year will make up 30% of the final degree grade.
For students who entered Trinity before 2019/20, the Junior Sophister year will make up 50% of the final degree grade.
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 must study 30 ECTS in Law modules. The law modules can be taught through English or French/German. Students must also study 30 ECTS to meet the French or Germanic Studies requirement. This will involve taking a mandatory language course. The remaining ECTS can be law modules or modules from another department, as long as they are taught through the language of the host university.
For Law and Language students who entered Trinity from 2019/20 onwards, the Junior Sophister year abroad counts 30% towards the final degree grade.
For Law and Language students who entered Trinity before 2019/20, the Junior Sophister year abroad counts 35% towards the final degree grade.
For Singles Honors Law and Joints Honors Law with Business/Political Science/History:
The deadline to apply is 5pm Friday 17 November 2023.
As you must complete the online application form in one sitting, we recommend that you fill out a practice word document form in advance.
For Law and Language students:
The deadline to apply is Friday 17 November 2023.
Please carefully read the Law and Language Year Abroad Requirements 2024/25 and fill out the online application form related to your course below.
Joint Honors Law with French application form.
Joint Honors Law with German application form.
If you have any queries, your first point of contact is Celine Walsh at email@example.com. If you have an academic-related query, please contact the relevant Exchange Coordinators below:
Celine Walsh - International and Visting Student Executive Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11am to 1pm, and 2pm - 4pm, and Friday 11am - 1pm remotely on Zoom
Room 0.1B: Law School Main Office
Dr. Rachael Walsh - Erasmus / Exchange Coordinator for Outgoing Exchange Students
Dr. Jiarong Zhang - Erasmus / Exchange Co-ordinator for Incoming Visiting Students