Conor Hanly graduated from N.U.I., Galway with a B.A. in History and Legal Science in 1988, and with an LL.B. in 1990. In 1994, he completed an LL.M. by research at University College Dublin entitled "Pricing: A Behavioural Approach to Abuses of Market Power", for which he was awarded First Class Honours. From 2003 to 2004, Conor was a Graduate Fellow at the Yale Law School, where he was conferred with a Master of Laws degree, and was awarded the Joseph M. Parker Prize in Legal History and Roman Law for his paper, "The Decline of the Civil Jury in Nineteenth Century England." He was also an editor on the Yale Law and Policy Review. In 2012 he completed his doctorate (J.S.D.) on the criminal jury in Victorian England.