What our graduates are up to

While many graduates of Law at NUI Galway become solicitors or barristers, there are various alternative options. Many past graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • Banking 
  • Accountancy 
  • Tax Consultancy 
  • Journalism 
  • Academic 
  • Civil Service 
  • Irish Human Rights Commission 
  • Non-Government Organisations

For more suggestions, consult the NUI Galway Career Development Centre's guide for law graduates.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart

Distinguished alumnus of the School of Law, NUI Galway, Ms. Justice Carmel Stewart of the High Court, speaking on the occasion of her receiving an NUIG Alumni Award for Law, Public Service and Government (Sponsored by Bank of Ireland) in March 2015.

Attorney General Máire Whelan SC

Attorney General Máire Whelan Ms. Justice Máire Whelan of the Court of Appeal is an NUIG law graduate (BA 1978, LLB 1980), where she studied in President Michael D Higgins’ sociology and political science class. Máire grew up in Kinvara, County Galway. Called to the Bar in 1985 and made senior counsel in 2005, she operated a mixed practice, including family law, based in the Law Library in Dublin. She studied in London and holds a qualification in international law. She served as the 30th Attorney General of Ireland from 2011 to 2017 and was the first woman to hold the office. Ms. Justice Whelan was appointed to the Court of Appeal in June 2017.

She is a former advisor to the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas and served as chairperson of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac). She has also served on the Property Registration Authority and as vice chair of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland. She co-authored 'The National Asset Management Agency Act 2009 - A Reference Guide' with Mark Kennedy and Feargus Ó Raghallaigh, and has particular expertise in property, conveyancing, equity and trust law.

Paul Fahy

Paul Fahy A&L Goodbody partner Paul Fahy is  an NUI Galway law graduate (BCorp Law 1994-1998). He qualified into the Firm's tax department in 2002. Between 2003 and 2008, Paul worked in the tax department of Slaughter and May in London and re-joined the tax department of A&L Goodbody in 2008. Paul specialises in corporate tax and has extensive experience of advising domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of public and private mergers & acquisitions, group restructurings, inward investment projects, securitisations, derivatives and structured products. 

Along with John Whelan, he was appointed in January 2012 head up a new US office, in Palo Alto, California, and will regularly spend time with A&L Goodbody's clients in Silicon Valley, the broader Bay Area, Seattle and throughout the West Coast. Paul is a recognized market leaders in his field with significant experience in the area of foreign direct investment, particularly by US companies into Ireland.

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