Chief Justice John G Roberts has followed in the footsteps of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia by teaching a special summer session at Galway University in Ireland.

Chief Justice Roberts - who will soon learn if nominee Sonia Sotomayor is to join him in the Supreme Court - is teaching at New England Law | Boston’s summer program in Galway, Ireland.

Students in Justice Roberts’s class examined the historical perspective of the Supreme Court.

The class examined changes in the Supreme Court since the nation’s founding, with particular emphasis on the role of the chief justice and how several of them, from John Marshall to William Rehnquist, have influenced the Court’s role.

The summer program is offered in conjunction with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc. (CILE).