Trinity College Dublin is recognized internationally as Ireland’s premier university and as one of the world's leading research-intensive universities.

Founded in 1592 on the general pattern of the ancient colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, it is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. Students benefit from a scholar-teacher model where they have the opportunity of being taught by world-leading experts in their field. There are over 700 students 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’s 47-acre campus in the centre of Ireland’s capital city, where cobbled squares, historic buildings and playing fields stand alongside state-of-the-art buildings.

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.

TCD Law 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.