Welcome to the School of Law
We hope you are keeping well amidst all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. We want to reassure you that NUI Galway is preparing to enrol students in September 2020. If the situation changes, then we will adapt. The application process has not been disrupted due to COVID-19 so please continue as normal in completing all the admissions steps. Most importantly, if you require any assistance with your application or offer, rest assured we will be as helpful and flexible as possible in these uncertain times. Our FAQs website for prospective students may be useful.
Established in 1849, the School of Law at NUI Galway delivers innovative legal education in a dynamic school dedicated to impactful, high quality legal research. With 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 40 staff, a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and exciting clinical legal education opportunities the School emphasises student-focused, research-led teaching delivered in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment.
It hosts the internationally renowned Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy; both centres with established reputations as world leaders in their fields. The School is passionate about research that meets the highest standards of scholarship, informs student learning and engages with current societal challenges, impacting public debate and informing government policy.
Clinical Legal Education
NUI Galway has pioneered the development of clinical legal education in Ireland. Clinical legal education is a term employed to encapsulate a broad range of activities that focus on “learning by doing” and is widely recognised as the most significant innovation in the pedagogy of law teaching in the past century. The School of Law has long recognised the value of clinical legal education and has provided some of its students with opportunities to work in a variety of “real world” settings.
Thirty final year BCL students undertook placements in the last academic year – twice the number as in the previous year – with government agencies, non-governmental organisations, solicitors’ firms and barristers.