Prior to starting the internships, Suffolk Law students take a week-long 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 1-week course, Suffolk Law students intern 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.
When: May 20-July 20 (approximate)
Eligibility: First- and second-year JD day students; and second- and third-year evening JD students.
Credits: 4 (1 credit for the week-long course and 3 credits for the internship)
Application deadline: extended to Feb. 4, 2015 (because of the snow closing).
The Application is downloadable here Ireland_Public_Interest_Internship_Program_Summer2015.pdf.
Students must carefully calculate their finances before applying. Participants are responsible for travel and living costs and all other incidental expenses connected with their travel and living abroad.
Tuition: Students are responsible for paying tuition on a per-credit basis for the 4 credits earned. Cost is at Suffolk Law's summer tuition rates. Tuition is due May 1, 2015.
Unpaid: Galway internships are not salaried positions.
Health Insurance: Participants in the program will be required to maintain appropriate health insurance during the period of the program. Additionally, Suffolk University requires all its students traveling abroad to be covered by On Call International, an emergency assistance program. Students are charged via the Bursar’s Office a $50 fee for an On Call membership.
Housing: Applicant is responsible for finding housing. The National University of Ireland at Galway will assist by providing contacts or by relying on the placement organization for assistance.
Financial Aid: U.S. citizens and permanent residents participating in the program may be eligible to receive Federal Loan funding. Visit the financial aid office for eligibility and application information. The Financial Aid application is available beginning January 1, 2015.
Scholarships: Students may also apply for the Santander Scholarship and the SPILG International Fellowship to support some of the costs associated with their summer internship.
More info at National University of Ireland at Galway.