The Law School’s internationalization efforts are developing. This past summer the School initiated a new Summer Exchange Programme with Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Four Galway students spent the summer in various placements in Boston, while two Suffolk students spent their summer in Ireland. Melissa Chen worked in the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, while Ana Mora worked in the Law Reform Commission. Plans are underway to add a study abroad programme for both Galway and Suffolk students by 2015.
Additionally, Dr. Conor Hanly, the Director of Internationalisation, is negotiating with several other American law schools, initially to expand the summer exchange programme with Suffolk, and later the study abroad programme, to include other American institutions. It is hoped that by 2016, Galway students will have the option to study abroad or engage in summer placements on both the west and the east coasts of the United States and in the mid-west.
Our efforts to develop links in Asia are continuing. Dr. Hanly has had further meetings with representatives from Shantou University and the China University of Political Science and Law. We are working towards Galway law students having the opportunity to study in China by 2015.