Law in Ireland

Law in Ireland
The University of Kansas provides a law program that travels to three of the most unique communities in Ireland.
Limerick, Ireland and Dublin, Ireland
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty Led
  • Students take courses at two beautiful universities: The University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin
  • On the weekends, the group makes trips to various scenic sites and cities in the region
  • KU Law and University of Limerick faculty members serve to educate and mentor students through the duration of the program
Program Summary: 

The University of Kansas Ireland Program takes students to three of Ireland's most interesting communities. The first two weeks of classes will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Limerick, a relatively new Irish university located on the banks of the Shannon River. The final week will be held at the famous Trinity College Dublin, right in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar area. The first weekend will feature a tour of some of Western Ireland's most scenic spots followed by a visit to the swinging Western city of Galway. The second weekend will include a pub dinner for all and a "legal Dublin" tour of prominent Irish legal institutions.


Limerick, Galway, and Dublin, Ireland

Academic Information: 

Students will take three courses for a total of three credit hours (one credit hour per course). The first course will be completed during the first week of the program, and the second and third courses will be completed over the last two weeks of the program. More details on specific course topics can be found on the KU School of Law's Ireland page.


Housing at the University of Limerick will be on campus. The campus features a number of amenities, including ATMs, laundry and dry cleaning, a bookstore and three active pubs. Housing during the Galway excursions will be at a hostel. Housing during the Dublin portion of the program will be on campus at Trinity College Dublin.


Open to all KU Law students who have completed the first-year curriculum in good standing. Applicants should submit an application by the stated due date on the application.

Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), D- (.7) and F (0).

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Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ireland. Once enrolled, students will receive an informational packet with information on airline options, travel options in Ireland, and points of interest. The packet also includes general information about living in Ireland for three weeks. Students should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package.


Students must notify the University of Kansas in writing of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after being accepted to the program, s/he will be liable for a withdrawal fee outlined in the financial contract. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason, including insufficient enrollment.

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Program Faculty: 

Raymond Friel, School of Law, University of Limerick, graduated from the Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Ireland, in 1984 and from the University of Exeter, England, in 1986 with an LL.M. in European Law. He joined the faculty at the law school in Limerick in 1989. He served as Head of the School of Law there from 1996 to 2002. In 2007 he was re-appointed Head of the Law School until 2010. He is the author of several monographs and has published widely in the sphere of commercial and European law. Currently he is Director of Research at the School of Law and Director of the International Commercial and Economic Law Centre. He is Principal Investigator on the legal data environment for an EU research project on autonomous automobile safety systems with a total fund of nearly €5 million and a variety of partners including Honda motor vehicles.

Melanie DeRousse is a Clinical Associate Professor and the director of KU Law’s Legal Aid Clinic. In the clinic, she teaches advanced law students through representation of clients involved in the criminal justice system. She uses a range of experiential methods to develop students’ practical litigation and client counseling skills, substantive area expertise, and professional judgment. She also teaches Family Law, where she focuses on the intersection of individual, family, and government interests.

DeRousse’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of state and family, particularly in the context of juvenile justice, child custody and welfare. Her professional service includes contributions to local, state and national committees, testimony before the Kansas legislature, and involvement in criminal justice reform efforts in Kansas and beyond.


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