Law in Ireland
- 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
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
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.
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).
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.
Program Website: http://law.ku.edu/ireland
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.
Suzanne Valdez is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program at the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, she was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kansas. Valdez graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. An outstanding teacher, Valdez was the recipient of the 2000 and 2015 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students. In addition to her commitment to teaching students practical skills, Valdez provides dedicated service to the national and state bar, as well as the University of Kansas community.