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Clinical Legal Education Placements

Clinical Legal Education Placements

Course Director: Larry Donnelly

Larry Donnelly, a Boston native, is Lecturer & Director of Clinical Legal Education in the School of Law. In this capacity, he teaches courses in legal analysis, research and writing to all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying law in Galway, serves as Editor to the Galway Student Law Review and coaches moot court teams that compete at national and international levels. Moreover, in partnership with the CKI, he has developed a system whereby students receive academic credit for their legal work in the wider community. He has strong interests in legal education and in comparative law and has published law review articles in both areas. He is also a frequent contributor to Irish print and broadcast media on a variety of issues. An attorney with extensive litigation experience in the United States, Mr. Donnelly is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1996), where he majored in Classical Latin and Greek, and of Suffolk University Law School (Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1999), where he was elected a Chief Editor of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.

Course Title: Bachelor of Civil Law
Subject: Clinical Legal Education Placements
Year: Final Year Students
Participants: Upto 20 Students
Hours: 100+ hours in the community and 10 seminar hours
Credits: 6 Ects
Length: 10 Weeks
Community Partners: Partners have included: Equality; Rape Crisis Network Ireland; National Federation of Voluntary bodies; Various national and international non-governmental organisations and Legal practitioners throughout Ireland.

Lawrence Donnelly, Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education, has devised a system by which some final year Bachelor of Civil Law students receive academic credit for working in ‘real world' law and law-related work placements. To date, law students have made contributions to the work of the Equality Authority, the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, the Rape Crisis Network, various national and international non-governmental organisations and legal practitioners throughout Ireland. In so doing, they have acquired valuable practical skills and professional contacts. Mr. Donnelly comments that "those of us involved in the development of clinical legal education here in Ireland must remember that we are, to an extent unprecedented in the history of Irish university legal training, equipping students with practical know-how and a cognisance that law can be used to achieve the greater good. We look forward to expanding clinical offerings for students in future and enhancing NUI Galway's already strong reputation as a provider of innovative legal education.