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Joshua Hovsha Trinity Law Grad Testimonial

Joshua Hovsha, LL.M. International and Comparative Law, 2015-16

015/16 Kader Asmal Fellow, Josh Hovsha, is a community organiser and educator with a passion for human rights, social justice and empowerment. Before embarking on his LL.M. at Trinity College Dublin, Josh worked with the Helen Suzman Foundation, an NGO dedicated to promoting liberal constitutional democracy in South Africa through public interest litigation, advocacy and education.

Josh undertook LL.M modules such as International Arbitration, International Humanitarian Law, International Trade Law and Judicial Review and Human Rights to further his future career promoting human rights and social justice:

"Studying International Law at Trinity College Dublin has given me the opportunity to engage with new and rewarding challenges together with passionate students and lecturers from diverse backgrounds. We share a creative learning environment, unlike any other that I have experienced."

Samuel Tyrer Trinity Law Grad testimonial

Samuel Tyrer, LL.M 2015-16

2015/16 Hyman Tarlo scholarship recipient, Sam Tyrer, is a lawyer from Melbourne. Sam came to Trinity College Dublin's School of Law to develop knowledge in international law and human rights and, through the LL.M research dissertation component, to investigate alternatives to Australia’s current refugee policies. His research dissertation entitled “Australia and Southeast Asia: Regional cooperation for arrangements on refugees”, aspects of which he will present at a conference in July, did just that.

"Postgraduate study at TCD has allowed me to take my academic skills to a whole new level, and in ways that were not necessarily possible in legal practice or at an undergraduate level. Along the way, I have been challenged by teachers and new friends from an array of other legal jurisdictions. Assumptions I did not even realise I had made about how a legal system should work have been explored, and for the better."

Ella Weld Trinity Law Grad Testimonial

Ella Weld, LL.M. International and European Business Law, 2015-16

I was part of the International and European Business Law L.L.M. The course was split into two-thirds exam based subjects and a third of the allocate marks went to a dissertation project. The subject range that we were offered allowed me to focus my studies on specific areas of interest. For me, that meant undertaking modules that were relevant to international and European banking and tax law. The lecturers I encountered were practicing within the area that they were teaching which meant that our lectures touched on current issues that were relevant to our course and illustrated the topic we were working on, which gave us a contextual outlook. 

The dissertation enabled me to focus on International Tax law aspects of the digital economy, a particular area of interest to me. The course allowed me the freedom to research my topic of Interest throughout the year while developing my knowledge of the area through lectures, although it was possible to write a dissertation that was not governed by course material.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my year doing the LL.M. and I would highly recommend the course.

Francesca De Marchi Trinity Law grad testimonial

Francesca De Marchi, LL.M. International and Comparative Law, 2015-16

My year at Trinity College has been exciting and unique. Being part of its highly international community has been very stimulating: I met people from all over the world that, together with inspiring lecturers and a lively city, rewarded me with a 360 degrees learning experience.

Michelle Brady Trinity Law grad testimonial

Michelle Brady, LL.M. International and Comparative Law, 2014-15

I graduated with my LLM in international and comparative law from Trinity College Dublin School of Law. Before I came to Trinity, I worked in Afghanistan and Azerbaijan on justice sector reform programs and had been a practicing lawyer in the US specialising in indigent criminal defense. During my time overseas, I had the opportunity to work with colleagues and counterparts from all over the world on legal issues and in legal systems unlike my own. Through this experience, I realised that I could benefit from a more concentrated period of study on topics like comparative legal systems, Islamic law, and transitional justice to further my legal knowledge and advance my career. So I decided to look for an LLM program that could meet my needs.

I chose Trinity for a number of reasons and couldn't be more satisfied with my experience. Compared to similar programs in the US, Trinity was great value for money. It also provided me with the opportunity to learn about international and comparative law from a different perspective in a setting with fellow students from countries all over the world, so my formal studies were often complemented by classmates' personal experiences and diverse viewpoints. The selection of courses and the teaching faculty are top notch.  Plus, you'd be hard pressed to find friendlier people anywhere – whether it be on staff, in the classroom, or on the streets of Dublin. I am now working for a European-based intergovernmental human rights organisation, and I credit my success in this new position to what I learned at Trinity. I would highly recommend Trinity and the LLM program to anyone!

Beatrice Vance Trinity Law Graduate Testimonial

Beatrice Vance, BCL (European) (UCD), LL.M. 2011-12

Having completed my undergraduate studies in UCD and Paris, I welcomed an opportunity to study at Trinity. The LL.M. Programme has an extremely wide range of subjects available, ranging from commercial and banking modules to Islamic law and Mediation modules. The LL.M. allowed me to study and research many areas of interest to me. Trinity itself has many societies and events to be a part of. I was part of the Trinity Willem C. Vis Moot Team which travelled to Vienna in 2012. I have made many friends and participated in numerous productions with the drama society, Players. I would recommend the LL.M. programme as a chance to broaden the mind and expand the horizons of your career.

Mary Sharrif Trinity Law Postgrad Testimonial

Dr. Mary J. Sharriff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Studying at Trinity College Dublin's Law School has not only been a unique experience - it has been a rewarding experience. The LL.M. courses were current, topical and taught by major authorities in the field. Obtaining my LL.M. degree from Trinity College gave me the educational and experiential edge to compete for and secure an academic position in a Canadian Law faculty. As a tenured professor, I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin. I would like to thank Trinity College Law and its enthusiastic and supportive faculty and staff for providing me with the resources and opportunities to excel professionally.

Paweena Kosljitkul - Trinity Postgraduate Student

Paweena Kosljitkul, Thailand, LL.M. 2010-11

This LL.M. course provides various interesting modules to choose from, some of them are available only at the Law School of Trinity College Dublin. This course gave me the great academic experiences and great friendships. I very much enjoyed my year in Dublin and the atmosphere of the College. I would have regretted it if I had not been a part of this LL.M. and Trinity College Dublin.

Emma Carroll, Australia, LL.M. 2010-11

Reading a taught LL.M. at Trinity College Dublin was a life-enhancing experience. The modules were topical and varied, taught by enthusiastic and attentive academics. The atmosphere of TCD's incredibly beautiful and historic campus was always vibrant and social. The LL.M. course gave me the opportunity to enhance my expertise from a wider, global perspective, particularly in respect of the EU legal system. I also participated in some of the many student societies on offer at TCD, which was a great way to make new friends and build up a like-minded social circle. Balancing intensive study with friendship and conversation is vital to academic success and TCD was readily able to offer this to international students. Studying at TCD was a richly rewarding experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to gain an internationally respected qualification while enjoying everything that Ireland has to offer.

Sean P. Lynch, A.B. (Cornell), J.D. (Osgoode), LL.M. (TCD)

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.

Irfan Ahmed, Pakistan, LL.M. 2010-11

I felt privileged to be a student at Trinity College. The atmosphere for study at Trinity, especially at the School of Law is wonderful. From administration to lecturers, all are very co-operative and ready to help at any time. During my studies at Trinity, I met students from all over the world, providing me with wonderful social and academic exposure. The School of Law have an excellent teaching staff who are very professional and friendly to students and possess excellent teaching skills and knowledge of their areas of law.

Andrew Bench, United States of America, LL.M. 2010-11

I am an American student who had the privilege to spend my third year of law school at Trinity College Dublin where I jointly pursued a J.D. degree from my U.S. law school and the LL.M. degree from Trinity. I count the experience as the best academic decision of my life. What particularly struck me was how the Trinity professors, in every course, asked the students to "transcend" the analytical boundaries of the law. So often, we become fixated on what is perceived as the unchanging and non-political structure of rules and their application. In such an environment, it is easy to forget that there are moral and human philosophies that underlay those structures.  The brilliant professors who run the Trinity program confront those underlying thought-structures head on and dissect them through historical and comparative analysis. By reflecting on the wider world, through documents like the East Timor domestic code and the African Charter on Human Rights, the Trinity Program allows clearer reflection on the philosophies that underlie modern (Western) political and legal systems. The academic experience was amazing and has profoundly changed the way I perceive the world.

Academics, however, are only one-half of the Trinity equation. The other half is the phenomenal students with whom you are studying. Many of the other students are Irish, though, many come from different EU countries and even further afield. A widely dispersed network of friends and cheap European airfare grants the possibility of visiting nearly anywhere in Europe and experiencing different cultures in deeper and more meaningful ways than is typically available to a normal international student. In sum, between the vibrancy of Dublin, the friendliness of your fellow students, and the academic rigour of the program, I could not recommend Trinity more highly. It was the capstone of my academic life.