Galway (Ireland) Study Abroad PLUS Externship Program

Suffolk's summer study abroad externship program at the National University of Ireland at Galway

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This externship program is specifically for Suffolk University Law students participating in Suffolk’s summer study abroad program at the National University of Ireland at Galway seeking to pursue an externship in Ireland for a period of 6-8 weeks following the study abroad program. Accordingly, students must apply (i) to the Galway study abroad program, in addition (ii) to this “plus” externship program. The externship application will be due in late January, 2020. 


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. Students work full-time under the supervision of an attorney in the placement organization.

Academic Credits

Externships are for three academic credits. One credit is earned for each 45 hours of legal work in the field. Credit for the field placement work is received on a pass/fail basis.

The three credits for the externship would be in addition to the three credits of coursework pursued as part of the Galway study abroad program. So students would complete six credits in total.

Academic Coursework

In addition to the courses completed as part of the Galway summer study program, students will attend a one-day orientation in mid-May in Boston to help prepare for their externship experience.

During the course of the externship, students will be required to complete weekly work logs and reflection papers, among other assignments.

Approximate Dates 

Ireland: Students are to arrive on May 15, 2020 for the Galway summer study program, which lasts for two weeks. Students then begin their externships for a period of 6-8 weeks.


First and second year JD day students and second and third year evening JD students with a GPA of 2.67 and in academic good standing. Students with a lower GPA may submit a petition to participate in the program.


Please contact Professor Sara Dillon for details of externship application.

For further information about the program and application, please review carefully this informational packet, available here.

Questions About the Externship Program

For questions about Galway externships, contact Mary Sawicki. For questions about the Galway study abroad program, contact Prof. Sara Dillon.

My Summer Internship in Ireland

Anne Stevenson JD'17 interned with a public interest non-profit in Ireland while in law school. Read Anne's blog to learn about her eight-week externship and visits to the beautiful Irish countryside.
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