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Study Abroad

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 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:

  1. Apply for Non-EU and European Erasmus and Non-European exchanges of the Law School (see Partner Universities.)
  2. Apply for Non-EU International exchange via the Academic Registry to Australian National University (Canberra), the University of Queensland, University of Stellenbosch, City University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University.

Joint Honors Law with Language students:

  • Only eligible to study in France or Germany. For the list of Universities available please refer to the Partner Universites.
  • Joint Honors Law with Business / Political Science and History students:

  • The Study Abroad Options depend on the pathway students pursue. TJH Law students can apply to the Law School / Partner Discipline or the Academic Registry to study abroad. A review of the options can be found here.

  • Partner Universities


    The Law School has over 30 Partner Universites. 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 Study Abroad Options 2023/24

    EUROPE

    Belgium

    Denmark

    Finland

    France

    Germany

    Hungary

    Italy

    Spain

    Sweden

    Switzerland

    The Netherlands

    NON-EU

    Australia

    United States of America

    Canada

    China

    Eligibility and Requirements


    2023/24

    2022/23

    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. Interviews are only organised for Indiana University, Bloomington to select the best candidate. 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.I grade in their forthcoming Senior Freshman examinations.

    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


    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.

    2023/24

    2022/23

    How to Apply


    For Singles Honors Law and Joints Honors Law with Business/Political Science/History:

    The deadline to apply is 5pm Wednesday 30th November 2022.

    Please carefully read the Law School Erasmus and Exchange Programme Rules 2023/24. If you agree to abide by the rules, you can complete the online application form here.

    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 5pm Wednesday 30 November 2022. Law with German students can apply later by 15th December if more time is needed to finalise study abroad preferences.

    Please carefully read the Law and Language Year Abroad Requirements 2023/24 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.


    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:

    Administrative Queries

    Academic Queries

    Celine Walsh - International and Visting Student Executive Officer
    Phone: 00353-1-896-2296
    Email: law.exchange@tcd.ie Office Hours:
    Tuesday and Wednesday: 11am to 1pm
    Room 0.1C: International and Visiting Student Office
    Dr. Rachael Walsh - Erasmus Coordinator for Outgoing Exchange Students
    Phone: 00353-1-896-2587
    Email: rachael.walsh@tcd.ie

    Dr. Eoin O'Dell - Erasmus Co-ordinator for Incoming Visiting Students
    Phone: 00353-1-896-2296
    Email: odelle@tcd.ie