Barrister and Solicitor Of the Bar of Ontario
Visiting Student 2008-2009, LL.M. 2010-11
Dublin feels like no other place in the world. It is a welcoming and relaxed city that is at once modern and traditional, pushed forward by the likes of Google, yet rooted by Joyce and Wilde. Trinity is much the same, a vibrant university grounded by the sheer history of the place, but constantly reaching out for new and great things. They are a city and a university that I feel privileged to have called home for two years.
I had the opportunity in my final year of law school at Osgoode Hall in Toronto to complete a year-long exchange program with the Law School at Trinity. I had such an incredible experience on the exchange that I applied to the LL.M. program for entry after I completed my articles (Canadian legal training process). The coursework in the LL.M. is challenging in its scope and depth, but incredibly rewarding in its requirement that one engage with one’s professors and fellow students. In my experience, however, both the professors and students in the LL.M. are eager to make the time spent together as interesting as possible. Classes are small, which means you end up knowing the coursework and your fellow students very well.
The entire point of the LL.M. is, of course, the thesis. I could not have asked for more support or flexibility than I received from my advisor, Dr. Alan D.P. Brady, the head of the program, Dr. Neville Cox, and Kelley McCabe, who always manages to make even the most complicated processes surprisingly easy. Trinity’s library has access to anything one could need with respect to research, and Dr. Brady and Dr. Cox were always an email away if I had a question or concern or just needed to talk through a proposal.
Dublin, Trinity, and the people involved in the LL.M. make it an experience that, I think, is second to none.