What did you study before the LLM?
I studied the Bachelor of Civil Law degree in NUIG prior to the LL.M.
Why did you choose to study the LLM in Law, Technology and Governance in NUI Galway?
I had always been interested in the interaction of science and technology with law and this programme offers an opportunity to analyse this area. I was also attracted to the programme as the modules offered examine up and coming areas of law and regulation, issues that are truly relevant to modern society.
What areas in the programme did you enjoy the most?
In particular I enjoyed the Law , Governance and Enterprise module of the course in which a range of guest speakers visited the class from a variety of backgrounds and areas which gave us a broader understanding of the application of law in practice. The LLM trip to the cyberspace conference in Brno, Czech Republic was also very enjoyable and gave us useful pointers when it came to organising our own LLM conference in NUIG.
Why would you recommend the programme to potential applicants?
I would wholeheartedly recommend the programme to potential applicants as it is extremely interesting and worthwhile. The course offers a wide variety of modules which allow applicants to chose whether to specialise in regulatory, commercial, science and technology based or governance aspects of law to name but a few.
Furthermore, the course is examined solely through research assignments and presentations which enables students to really develop writing and analytical skills. Lecturers provide thorough feedback to students on assignments submitted which enables you to see precisely where written skills may need improvement. Students are encouraged to publish their research and the LLM class organise a conference towards the end of the year which is an excellent experience.
How has the programme helped you in your chosen career path?
After completing the programme and throughout the programme I tutored law in NUIG, subsequently I commenced work as a Judicial Research Assistant in the Judge’s Library, Dublin. The LLM was I believe crucial to helping me secure this position as it enabled me to demonstrate an apptitude and enjoyment of legal research. The participation in the LLM conference which we organised and articles I published based on LLM research were also I believe invaluable experiences to gain.