What did you study before the LLM?
Before the LLM I did the B.Comm followed by the LL.B. I also have a certificate, diploma and advanced diploma in purchasing and materials management from the IIPMM - Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management
Why did you choose to study the LLM in Law, Technology and Governance in NUI Galway?
Location - Galway suited me in balancing family life, part-time work and study. I was also familiar and sufficiently satisfied with the college, its facilities and academic staff.
Modules offered - the modules offered were in areas that were of interest to me, for example, data protection, communications law, copyright and internet regulation.
Module coordinators - The profiles of the module coordinators, for the modules of interest to me, was also a factor. The programme offered a balanced mix of coordinator profiles from practitioners currently working in an area to well recognised and established international experts.
What areas in the programme did you enjoy the most?
I thought that overall the programme was well structured and balanced. It provided a number of different teaching, assessment and learning modes for students. I would worry a little about class participation - it did feel sometimes as I was doing too much talking or the only one talking in some of the seminars - however most students were more than willing to engage freely on their ideas outside the actual seminars.
Personally I enjoyed the researching (sad but true) and the mastering law project, while extra work, was also enjoyable.
Why would you recommend the programme to potential applicants?
It will challenge their understanding of the role of law in emerging areas of technology and the governance of supranaitonal systems and structures. The programme will also assist students in attaining a solid set of legal research and presentation skills and provide students with a level of academic expertise in defined current and topical areas of law that will asssist them in developing future career plans.
How has the programme helped you in your chosen career path?
The programme reinforced my interest in the area and provided me with additional skills that are necessary in progressing my education and will be of great benefit to a career in teaching in the future.
What does a typical working day involve for you?
As I am currently researching for a Ph.D. a typical day involves desk or library based research and the documentation and writing up of the research. From time-to-time this requires attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences that are relevant to my research. This helps in forging links with other researchers and relevant national and international bodies in order to progress the research and hopefully raise my profile.
I have also begun to contribute to IRIS – Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory, which addresses many of the cutting-edge issues in the media and communications fields. I have also developed articles, based on my LL.M. research, for publication with international peer-reviewed journals. (A number are under review at the moment). I am also preparing to disseminate some of my Ph.D research through selected conferences and journals.
I have also delivered a number of lectures on various topics in Entertainment law and on the topic of freedom of expression to an undergraduate Constitutional law class at NUIG. I expect to be marking some exam scripts in May.