Prior to starting the externships, Suffolk Law students take a one credit immersion course at the National University of Ireland at Galway. The course will introduce students to, among other things, the Irish legal system and culture, as well as provide students with an opportunity to meet and learn from practicing attorneys and judges from the area.
After the course, Suffolk Law students extern at various Irish organizations for approximately eight weeks. To the extent possible, our Galway affiliates will place students in organizations in Ireland which correspond with the students’ respective practice areas of interests. The placements will be only in the public interest arena, including non-profits and government-related organizations.
Students work full-time under the supervision of an attorney in the placement organization, as well as by faculty supervisor Christine Bustany. The externship placements will be predominantly in the public interest arena, including non-profits and government-related organizations. To the extent possible, our Galway affiliates will place students in organizations in Ireland corresponding with the students’ respective practice areas of interests noted on the application.
Among other areas, past placements have included rights-based work associated with immigrants, women, children, disability, minorities, as well as dispute resolution, the environment, and international and comparative law. Practice areas are not limited to the aforementioned list, so students should indicate on their application their areas of interest for the externship.
Summer 2017 Ireland Placements:
• Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI, Galway, Ireland
• Community Law and Mediation, Limerick, Ireland
• Law Reform Commission, Dublin, Ireland
• Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
• Immigrant Council of Ireland Law Centre, Dublin, Ireland
• Children's Rights Alliance, Dublin, Ireland
• GLANLaw, Galway, Ireland
Note: This program is different from the Galway (Ireland) Study Abroad PLUS Externship program, as this program’s focus is the externship experience and does not include the two doctrinal courses in international law.
When: The approximate dates will be late May to last week in July 2018.
Eligibility: First- and second-year JD day students; and second- and third-year evening JD students with a GPA of 2.67. Students with a lower GPA may submit a petition to the Clinical Programs Director Kim McLaurin.
Credits: 4 credits. One for the course, and three for the externship.
Financial Support: Students will receive a $3000 award ($1600 in the form of a scholarship covering the cost of 1 (one) academic credit, and $1400 in the form of a stipend), with the possibility of additional funding up to $500.
Application deadline: March 1, 2018.
Faculty Contact: Prof. Christine Bustany (firstname.lastname@example.org).