View of Courthouse in Dublin

View of the Four Courts in Dublin, Ireland

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 deadline for the externship application is Feb. 20.

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 two courses completed as part of the Galway summer study program, students will attend a mini-seminar (not-for credit) Introduction to International Practice, in mid-May in Boston to help prepare for their externship experience taught by Prof. Bustany.

During the course of the externship, students will be required to complete weekly work logs and reflection papers, among other assignments. The faculty supervisor for the program is Christine Bustany.

Approximate Dates:

Boston: Participating students attend a two day not-for credit seminar in mid-May in Boston, Introduction to International Practice to prepare for the externship experience.

Ireland: Students are to arrive on May 25 for the Galway summer study program, which lasts for two weeks (June 10). 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.


Applications are due by Feb. 20, 2017.  Apply online.

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

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM: contact Prof. Bustany ( For questions about the Galway study abroad program, contact Prof. Dillon (