School of Law named Law School of the Year

University of Galway’s School of Law has won Law School of the Year at the Dye and Durham Irish Law Awards 2024 - the second time it has won the prestigious accolade.
Richard Hammond S.C., Head of the Judging Panel, Liam Gleeson, Ireland's Blue Book, with Dr Brian Tobin, Deirdre Callanan, Dr Conor Hanly and Dr Andrew Forde from University of Galway’s School of Law. Credit – Paul Sherwood.
Richard Hammond S.C., Head of the Judging Panel, Liam Gleeson, Ireland's Blue Book, with Dr Brian Tobin, Deirdre Callanan, Dr Conor Hanly and Dr Andrew Forde from University of Galway’s School of Law. Credit – Paul Sherwood.

This award recognises University of Galway School of Law’s academic excellence and innovative teaching methods along with its commitment to provide high quality student support and engagement.

Dean of University of Galway School of Law, Professor Martin Hogg, said: “I’m thrilled at this public recognition of all the hard work that colleagues consistently put in to make our law school such a great place to work and study. It’s testimony also to the quality of our students, who are a pleasure to teach and who go on as alumni to give us a real sense of pride as they establish themselves in the world.”

University of Galway’s School of Law was previously named Law School of the Year in 2019. In addition to taking home the top award, the School had a number of staff and students who were finalists across three different categories at the Dye and Durham Irish Law Awards 2024.

Five students made the final shortlist for Law Student of the Year: Katie Cunningham, Law (BCL) and Business; Diarmuid Kilgallen, Law (BCL); Fiachra McInerney, Law (BCL) and Human Rights; Tom O’Connor, Law (BCL) and Human Rights; and Eric Ehigie, Law (BCL) and Business.

Three staff members made the final shortlist for Legal Educator of the Year: Deirdre Callanan, Dr Conor Hanly and Dr Brian Tobin, while Dr Andrew Forde was nominated for Law Book of the Year for his book European Human Rights Grey Zones: The Council of Europe and Areas of Conflict.

University of Galway School of Law is ranked in the top 150 Law Schools in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024. It is also internationally recognised for its research-led work in other areas, including the renowned Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy and Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy.

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