TU Law Students Visit Irish Parliament

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Dublin students 2011

Students from TU Law's Study Abroad Program in front of Leinster House, the seat of Irish Parliament, with Senator Brian O'Domhnaill

This June, students in the TU College of Law's Dublin study abroad program attended an evening Seanad session in which Senator Brian O’Domhnaill and several other senators took the floor to debate a bill to increase funding for Special Needs Education in Ireland. Senator O’Domhnaill of the Irish Parliament represents portions of Donegal in the Irish Seanad (Senate).

Following the session, Senator O’Domhnaill personally took the students on a tour of Leinster House, seat of both chambers of the Irish Parliament , the Seanad and the Dail, and talked with the students about the Irish legislative process, the upcoming presidential election, and a variety of economic and social challenges facing the current government.

Students also visited the Four Courts and met with Justice Eamon de Valera, a member of Ireland’s High Court and grandson of the third president of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, who was considered the father of the modern Irish Constitution.

Forty-three students attended the University of Tulsa College of Law study abroad program in Dublin this summer. In addition to University of Tulsa students, 28 law students from 17 other law schools across the country participated in the program.

In addition to choosing from a broad selection of courses taught by both TU and Irish professors, 23 of the students served as interns during the four-week program. Some of the students work with barristers (Irish trial attorneys) in private practice.

One of these students spent her four weeks observing and providing feedback on juror reaction to the defense team in a high profile murder trial in Dublin’s new Court of Criminal Justice. Another student, who interned for a barrister specializing in intellectual property, had the opportunity to attend several client meetings and negotiations with some of Ireland’s best known musicians. Other students interned for governmental agencies, including the Irish Attorney General, the Office of the Chief Solicitor, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Public Prosecution, which oversees prosecutions of all major crimes and establishes prosecution policies throughout the Republic of Ireland. Students also work with non-profit agencies such as the Children’s Rights Alliance, which proposes legislation to foster the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ireland.

For more information about study abroad programs offered through the TU College of Law, visit www.utulsa.edu/law/study-abroad, or contact lawstudyabroad@utulsa.edu or (918) 631-5038.

Scott Been