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Lucas Volman

Lucas Volman, LL.M. Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, 2017-18

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland LL.M. Essay Prize Winner 2018

The format of the LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law allows you to pick out modules that you are really interested in from a wide variety on offer, which in my case not only deepened already held interests in the area of global intellectual property policy, but also helped develop entirely new ones in fields such as audiovisual media regulation. The staff at Trinity School of Law is also very supportive, and always ready to help when you have questions or doubts.

Trinity College Dublin offers numerous opportunities to grow, with countless clubs, societies, and events on the social side of things as well as talks, seminars, and conferences on the academic side. On top of this, as a student you can access the beautiful Old Library whenever you want for free, which is great for those times when you need some inspiration.

I would highly recommend this LL.M. to anyone who is seeking to build a forward-looking legal profile and is ready to fall in love with Dublin."

Lucas received the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland LL.M Essay Prize in Dr Ewa Komorek’s module, EU Digital Single Market (Media and Content Regulation). His essay, ““Is the cornerstone loose? Critical analysis of the functioning of the ‘country of origin’ principle in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, taking into account the rapid changes in the audiovisual industry and the recent challenges brought by Brexit”, was published on the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland website.

Léa Duly

Léa Duly, LL.M. International and European Business Law, 2017-18

Having undertaken my Erasmus year at Trinity, I did not imagine myself studying anywhere other than the School of Law and undertaking the LL.M (International and European Business Law). This LL.M programme gave me the opportunity to specialise in the legal fields in which I had significant interest in and write a dissertation on a related legal topic, with clear and helpful advice from my dissertation supervisor. During the year, I had the opportunity to meet legal professionals, which gave me a chance to really consider the direction I would like to follow in my future legal profession. The LL.M. was an asset to my future professional career, as I aspire to work in an International Business Law Firm, possibly in Dublin.

I really appreciated being an LL.M. student. Not only did I gain a deeper understanding of International and European Business Law but it gave me an opportunity to meet students from many different countries and backgrounds. I was among the youngest, but belonging to this student community was very enriching, both personally and professionally”

Shonottra Kumar

Shonottra Kumar, LL.M. International and Comparative Law, 2016-17

GSU Postgraduate of the Year 2017

My reason for pursuing an LL.M (International and Comparative Law) at the Law School at Trinity was to get a better understanding of the global development sector. And having completed the course, I can guarantee that this was the most rewarding experience; not just in terms of academics, where I got to interact with and study under some remarkable professionals, but also in terms of an overall university experience where Trinity’s 100+ clubs and societies offer you the space to explore new things about yourself.

While I was studying about development law, I also got to experience it first hand with yet another unique feature of Trinity, its Graduate Students’ Union, an independent student body that works for the benefit of postgraduate students in the university. Working with the GSU afforded me with the opportunity of interacting with students from different disciples and allowing me to significantly grow my network. An important lesson that I learned from my year in Trinity, was that my network was my net worth.

Overall, from the variety of excellent modules to choose from, to making global connections that would last a lifetime, I would recommend this course to everyone. And if you do choose to come here, make the most of it!"

Joshua Hovsha Trinity Law Grad Testimonial

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

2015/16 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.