Aonghus McClafferty

Aonghus McClafferty LLM LTAG What did you study before the LLM?

I did a B.A with Legal Studies and Sociology and Politics as my final year subjects, an Irish Diploma and a one year LL.B all at NUIG.

Why did you choose to study the LLM in Law, Technology and Governance in NUI Galway?

Simply there was no other Masters like it. It offers subjects that are of increasing importance to our society in particular some of the optional subjects such as Copyright in the Digital Era and the Law of Electronic contracts. Issues that arise in these subjects are issues that are experienced by most people in everyday life.

What areas in the programme did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the interaction and close personal attention that the lectures give to the students. The lecturers seemed to have a genuine interest in helping us all do as well as we could in the course and also encouraged us in other activities such as submitting conference papers to external conferences.

Why would you recommend the programme to potential applicants?

This programme offers students the chance to study innovative and developing areas of law. This programme takes you beyond the classroom and library and encourages study and research by igniting a genuine interest in the wide range of modules. Furthermore it provides a stage of interaction with people studying the same areas with class outings to research conferences and more.

How has the programme helped you in your chosen career path?

I was lucky enough to secure a traineeship in a solicitors firm after completing a summer internship shortly after completing the programme. The programme strengthened my general understanding of law in the commercial sphere which is pivotal if applying to large commercial firms.  As well  as this it is an attractive  programme to have completed considering most firms now have an Intellectual Property department  due to its rise in importance. Apart from that, the more practical areas of the programme helped such as the research and methods module and the Careers development classes as they provide you with a good insight as to interview processes and how to prepare as well as provide you with the necessary research skills if you do secure a job.

What does a typical working day involve for you?

As an intern in a large commercial Dublin firm a typical day varied depending on what needed to be done. One day could involve preparing a brief on an area of law that a solicitor wanted to brush up on hence the importance for good research skills and another day might involve preparing the necessary documentation needed for court or meetings. Much will depend on the department that you are "rotating" in. However, most firms will allow a trainee request one or two departments they wish to rotate where their skills could be used even further.

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Check out the full profiles on Deirdre JenningsTony McDonnellDamien McCalligAonghus McClaffertyAisling McMahon and James Stokes.

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