Welcome message from Head of School

Welcome to the website of the School of Law at NUI Galway.

Donncha O'Connell, Head of School of Law‌‌Law has been taught at this university since 1849. We have always provided students with enabling and committed paths to a diverse range of careers whether in the legal professions or otherwise.

The Law School has over 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students with a staff of 40 academics supported by a dedicated group of administrators in the core School and its specialist Centres: the Centre for Disability Law & Policy and the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

We see the School as a community of scholars, students and graduates – diverse in composition, pluralist in thinking, engaged with the world and impactful.

My colleagues and I are fully aware of our obligation to offer programmes and teaching of the highest standard, which fully meet modern professional and societal requirements. We always endeavour to provide our students with the best possible legal education, training and guidance. The School has been a pioneer in the area of Clinical Legal Education (CLE) and civic engagement in Ireland and this is an aspect of our work in which we take great pride. In addition to the provision of formal instruction through lectures and tutorials, the School’s commitment to its students is reflected in other important ways, such as the availability of its teaching staff for informal consultation with students, the organisation of seminars and advisory sessions on careers and further study, and the encouragement of extra-curricular activities such as participation in moot court, simulated mediation and negotiation and essay competitions.

You will find more detailed information on the programmes on offer and other activities of the School of Law on this website. We hope that you find it to be a revealing window on our work and we look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Donncha O’Connell
Head of School & Established Professor of Law