Program Dates & Locations:

Dingle, Ireland May 14 − May 25, 2017
Cork Ireland May 25 – May 29, 2017
Dublin, Ireland May 29 – June 4, 2017
Bangor, Wales June 4 – June 10, 2017

Ireland/Wales Study Abroad Overview

Experience this program across the span of four magnificent locations in two countries while being taught by distinguished faculty from America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Commencing in mid-May each year, the program is ideally timed following final exams, allowing students to return early to a summer internship, job or even begin a European odyssey of post-program travel across Europe. 

The program starts in Dingle, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way where you will experience stunning scenery, excellent accommodation and experience traditional Irish Culture where many of the inhabitants speak Gaelic as their first language and English as their second.  The program then takes a brief 3 day break in the Cork, Ireland where students may spend the weekend sightseeing on their own, kiss the Blarney Stone or hangout in Cork.  The program then moves to Ireland’s capital, cosmopolitan Dublin, where you will experience some of the friendliest people on earth and the home of Trinity College, Book of Kells and Guinness.  Then, we cross the Irish Sea to historic Bangor University in Wales, United Kingdom where the people speak an ancient language, full of mystery and beauty in addition to English.  The castles in Wales are of World Heritage Status and are a site to behold.  Although there is no formal collaboration between the universities, we do have housing and teaching agreements with the universities and faculty from National University of Ireland – Galway, University College Dublin and from Bangor Law.  Bangor Law is ranked number one in “lecturers [that] are great at explaining things and helping [students] understand,” in the UK wide 2014 National Student Survey and we believe the Dean has a lot of to do with that! 

So, if you want to see mega castles, experience European culture, and learn about the most progressive law-based collaboration between the 28 sovereign countries under the European Union’sSingle Market’s Four Freedoms” system, this program is for you.  If you want to learn why U.S. Corporations seek to set up in the EU as their foreign destination, and how the EU has the legal power to block mega-mergers in the U.S., this program is for you.  And if this isn’t enough we offer a comparative focus on a different topic of interest each year to round out the program.  So, if this seems to be the right fit for you, we cordially invite you to join us for a summer of learning and a memorable cultural experience that will be a highlight of your law school career.

Program Features

  • Up to 6.0 hours of ABA-approved credit
  • Courses taught by distinguished faculty from America, Ireland and the United Kingdom
  • Same flat fee for residents/nonresidents/international students
  • Included in package price:
    • Visits to legal institutions in Ireland and Wales
    • Field trips to historical destinations
    • Impromptu gatherings with students and faculty
    • Course materials
    • Transportation between program locations
    • Accommodations at Dingle Harbour Cottages, University College Cork Victoria Mills , University College Dublin Glenomena and Bangor Braint Hall Student Residences
    • Welcome Dinner for program group
    • Dingle Departure Party for program group and invited locals
    • Farewell Dinner for program group with barristers, solicitors and invited guests

Students

The core group of students will from the University of Missouri-Kansas City but we seek participation from a highly diverse group of visiting students.  Although the program is not exclusive of foreign students, it is unlikely any other country will be represented.  A complete list of prior participating student visitors is available on request.  Program size is limited to 36 students and 4 companions.  The 2016 program consisted of 17 students from UMKC, 5 from Akron Law, 1 from Florida University and 1 from Savannah Law.

Eligibility

Registration is open to all US and foreign law students in good academic standing who will have completed at least one full- or part-time year of law school study, law graduates and a limited number of companions.

Law school graduates and practicing attorneys may enroll on a non-academic credit basis for CLE.
Registered Companions of students may accompany and participate in tours and cultural activities at a reduced rate on a regulated, space-available basis. Space is limited.  Contact program administrator for availability.

Current law students must submit a letter from their Dean or Registrar certifying good academic standing.

Law school graduates and practicing attorneys may enroll on a non-academic credit basis for CLE.

Companions of registered students may accompany and participate in tours and cultural activities at a reduced rate on a regulated, space-available basis. Please verify space availability with the program administrator in advance as companion slots are limited. Companions must be over 16 years of age.