In addition to courses, you will be able to tour the cities of Belfast and Dublin and experience their political, cultural, and natural attractions, including the Northern Ireland Assembly, Four Courts, Giant’s Causeway, and the Antrim coastline.
You will be welcomed at dinners held at the Great Hall at QUB and the Kings Inn in Dublin. These meals are attended by judicial, political, and legal luminaries, including First Ministers, Supreme Court Justices, and the leaders of the bar (barristers) and the law society (solicitors).
Other events include a lecture by an Irish Supreme Court Justice, panel discussions and receptions with legal practitioners in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an introduction to the political and legal landscape of the North, and a debate with leading figures in all the major political parties of Northern Ireland. Check out all the dates.
Belfast's waterfront has long been the economic engine of this historic city in Northern Ireland. By the beginning of the 20th century, the extraordinary wealth and industry of the city's moors and docks transformed Belfast from a small town to a mighty metropolis of over 450,000 people.
Across the River Lagan at Queen’s Island, the Harland and Wolff shipyard made full use of Belfast Lough (bay) by building a succession of ever more luxurious and larger ships. In 1912 when the company's RMS Titanic was launched, Harland and Wolff had become the greatest shipbuilder in the world, and Belfast one of the world’s most important ports. The new Titanic Museum captures much of this history.
The latter part of the twentieth century was a turbulent period for the city as shipbuilding and other industries declined.
Belfast lost over 1,000 citizens during the Belfast Blitz of the Second World War and the late 60s saw the onset of the Troubles, which blighted the city for over 30 years. Today, however, in one of Europe’s most dramatic transformations, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in stylish bars and fine restaurants, world-class hotels and stunning visitor attractions and shopping centers, making Belfast a cosmopolitan hotspot.
Belfast’s greatest, and most unique, attraction are its people, whose warmth and friendliness remain an enduring truth. As they welcome you with their distinct character and culture, the city greets you with its mixture of old and new: the Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall, both recently refurbished to their Victorian glory, join with the state-of-the-art Titanic Museum, which opened in 2012, and the more contemporary Belfast Waterfront Hall and Odyssey Arena. These venues, and many others like them, present the best in local and international arts and host Belfast’s most
celebrated artists, performers, musicians, crafts people, and entertainers. And they are regularly joined by the finest of their global peers. In acclaimed festivals, and through a packed calendar of cultural events, the city is lit up through the year with a fantastic variety of arts and entertainment, while weekends in Belfast are always a blur of dancing and clubbing, accompanied by live music and DJs.
The city of Dublin can trace its origins back over 1,000 years. From a small Viking settlement Dublin has evolved into one of the most vibrant capitals in the world. By walking the streets of Dublin, you will see the many reminders from its past, from the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells dating from 800 AD, to the splendid Georgian architecture, magnificent medieval castles, and fine cathedrals. Dublin’s glorious past is very much alive and interactive.
Dublin has long been a center of art and culture. Apart from the large collections of the National Museum and National Gallery and Irish Museum of Modern Art, the city also boasts many fine small private collections. The range of art and artifacts is enormous, and you'll have no problem spending many hours enthralled.
At night, the streets are alive with revelers conducting their own pub-crawls. If you want an evening in the old style with traditional Irish food, music, and some Irish dancing, you have plenty of options. If a luxuriant late bar with cocktails, imported beer, and music is what you're looking for, you'll find it. Then on to a club of your choice: pop, r&b, disco, salsa, jazz, alternative, or all of the above. Trendy, beautiful, student-friendly--it’s all possible in Dublin!
2015 Schedule of Events
May 31: Welcome Reception, Orientation, and Black Taxi Tour
June 1: Welcome Breakfast with U.S. Consul General
June 2: Introduction to Northern Ireland by former Head of School, Professor Colin Harvey
June 3: Great Hall Dinner
June 4: City Hall and Titanic Museum
June 5: Tour of Stormont; Politicians' Panel at Stormont
June 6: Tour of Northen Ireland Coast
June 8: Attorney General Talk; NI Policing Board Visit
June 9: Visit to Northern Ireland Bar Library
June 11: Newcastle Pub Night with Traditional Irish Music and Karaoke
June 12: Tour of Knowth/Newgrange
June 14: Tour of Dublin
June 15: First Day of Classes Begin at Trinity College
June 16: Tour of Four Courts.
June 18: Fordham-UCD-QUB Human Rights Panel Presentation; King's Inn Dinner
July 2: Pub Party