Our students

Brendan Glynn, 2011-12 class

“I graduated from the LLB in NUIG in 2007. I then was accepted into King's Inns. I was called to the Bar in 2008 and have been practising since then. I decided to do the Public Law LLM in Galway as I felt it would open more doors for me, both in my capacity as a barrister and as a person who would like to work in Public Policy areas with State bodies. I would highly recommend this LLM for a number of reasons: 

  • Interesting choice of modules
  • Approachable, helpful and capable staff
  • Accommodating support structure
  • Internship opportunities available for interested and motivated students.”

Sarah Barry, 2011-12 class

"One of the reasons why I chose to do the LL.M in Public Law was the wide variety of subjects available. This course is a great opportunity to further your education, for those planning on entering the professions or following alternative career paths. Having completed my under-graduate degree here, I was eager to remain in the great atmosphere of NUIG."

Sandra Murphy, Solicitor, Part-Time Student 2011-12 class

"I always had an interest in furthering my academic career but thought it would be impossible due to my position as a partner in a busy solicitor's office. The two year(part time) LL.M program offered by NUI Galway was the answer to my prayers. The way the program is designed allows me to attend college and study while continuing my role as a solicitor and the fact that the course is spread over the two years made this possible. I have found the course itself interesting, stimulating and challenging.  As a student returning to NUI Galway after twenty two years I was nervous and unsure but the friendly and helpful faculty staff soon put me at my ease. I am enjoying the course hugely and have found that my experience of life and my life as a solicitor has given me a greater understanding and appreciation for the course." (Sandra Murphy, Solicitor, Part-Time Student)

Maria De Silva Almeda, 2011-12 class

“After graduating in 2007 from NUIG with an LL.B, I went on to work as an interpreter for the courts and other justice service providers. As a volunteer I have been working with migrant communities all over Ireland, as board member of the Integrating Centre (former Integrating Ireland), as a funding member of P.A.I. (Portuguese Association of Ireland), as chairperson of the Galway City Intercultural Forum for the last 3 years and as appointed member of the Integration Office of the Minister for Justice, Ministerial Council on Integration since 2011.

While working with migrant communities I felt more research was needed in various areas of law, particularly in relation to interpreting and translation services when in contact with the justice system in Ireland.

I always wanted to further my education and when I thought of coming back I had no hesitation on what programme to choose.  The LL.M. ( Public Law ) had unique modules that I felt immediately  interested in and that are not offered in any other University in the Republic,  for example Sentencing,  Processes of Law Reform and Advocacy & Public Interest Litigation.

During my time in NUIG I was privileged to be taught by amazing lecturers like Mr. Thomas O’Malley, Mr. Donncha O’ Connell, Mr. Padraic Kenna, Mr. Gerard Quinn,  Ms. Marie McGonagle,  Ms.  Mary Keys or Mr. Connor Hanly, to name but a few, their continued support and professionalism, made my years unforgettable.

I am delighted to be back and as a current LL.M.  (Public Law) student, it has been an incredible experience and one I would highly recommend to other students. “

Natalie Bourke, 2011-12 class

“Having been heavily involved with the Free Legal Advice Centre on campus throughout my undergrad degree at NUI Galway the main reason I undertook the LLM in Public Law was the unique opportunity to take a module in Advocacy, Activism and Public Interest Law. In a legal sector where public interest and pro-bono work is becoming a reality I believe this module will stand to me in my future career.

The most attractive element of the LLM however was the guest seminars. Seminars were given on a weekly basis by the some of the greatest lawyers both here and in the U.K. With the small class size this allows students to fully engage with guest speakers. Similarly the universities own lecturers who teach on the programme are experts in their area of law

The confidence LLM in Public Law has given me is something I find hard to put into words. It relates not only to academics or my career, my life in general. The continuous assessment element of the module is excellent and your research and creativity flourishes from working on subjects which wholly inspire and interest you.”

Thomas Mahon, Part-Time Student, 2010-2012 class

"The decision to do the LLM in Public Law was one of the best I have ever made. The past two years have been extraordinarily fulfilling, enjoyable and challenging. The course is tremendous and brilliantly put together. I was particularly impressed with the dynamic team of experts teaching on this programme. They provided me with uncomplicated guidance, support, encouragement and no-nonsense expertise. The LLM presented me with a unique opportunity to grapple with timely issues of practical importance in Public Law. It has also given me an ability to critically appraise the problems which arise for law and policymakers in this extremely important area. In my view, this course provides an ideal foundation for students and practitioners interested in the theory, substance and application of Public Law."