Trinity College School of Law is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally renowned law school, established in 1740.

With a distinguished team of professors and lecturers, many of whom are the leading experts in their fields of study, the School of Law attracts students of the highest calibre. There are over 700 students registered at the undergraduate level and 180 students at the postgraduate level. The School of Law is ideally situated on the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin in the heart of Dublin city, close to the courts and government buildings. Exchange students can experience the vibrant cultural life of the capital city while studying in one of Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions.

We welcome over 100 exchange/visiting students per year from our 30 partner universities across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. This ensures an international dimension to the School of Law with a diverse student body.

Sessional Dates

  • Orientation:  Early September
  • Fall term:  Early September to late November (with exams the first two weeks of December)
  • Winter term:  Mid-January to early April (with exams from the end of April to early May)


  • Exchange students coming for the fall term only will be examined in December before they return home if an exam-based module is taken.  It is at the discretion of the lecturer what form the assessment will take.
  • Students studying in the winter term may not be eligible for graduation that year.

Full-time Course Load

Exchange students have access to a wide range of LL.B. modules. Modules on offer to exchange students are from the four years of the LL.B. programme. The upper-level, ‘Sophister’, modules offer specialized International and European Law module with a comparative focus. These modules include large-group modules, reading groups, and research-based modules.

The School of Law uses the ECTS and modules are worth either 5 or 10 ECTS. It is standard that students complete 30 ECTS for one semester and 60 ECTS for the full academic year. Exchange students are expected to complete the standard form of assessment in their modules. 

Please note that exchange students are welcomed on the LL.B. programme as the LL.M. programme has capacity issues. Modules are heavily subscribed, and priority is given to students registered on the specialized LL.M. degrees.