Caitlin Cardill |   Associate, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP, Ottawa

After visiting Ireland on vacation, I was drawn to the culture. Being a student at the time, the ocean-side city of Galway was of particular interest to me with its unique character, charming people and lively way of life. With an interest in a career in law, I was pleased to learn about the postgraduate Bachelor of Laws program at University of Galway, where a few of my friends had attended. It came as no surprise that the University offered a supportive and engaging environment that turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences in the pursuit of my legal career. One of the most significant factors for me was the level of passion that each professor brought to their teaching and their genuine desire to see each student succeed. I completed my degree and proceeded to be called to the Bar of Ontario, in Canada. I am now working as an associate for a firm in Ottawa. My professors and experiences at University of Galway have played a significant role in the strong basis I now have for the practice of law.

Rowan Hickie |   Project Coordinator at GlobalChild

During my LLM in International Human Rights, I had the opportunity to learn from incredible professors at the Irish Centre for Human Rights while also exploring various areas of international human rights law. Through the program, I discovered my passion for children's rights which has shaped the trajectory of my career. After finishing my LLM in 2021, I returned home to Canada. I quickly found work as a researcher for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, where I conducted research on both Canadian and international human rights law. While working at the Centre, I also volunteered with the international children's rights organization GlobalChild on their InspiRights project. After volunteering with GlobalChild for 6 months, I applied for and secured a Project Coordinator position with the organization. In this new role, I will be responsible for coordinating the InspiRights project and preparing academic research papers with the organization's Director. My LLM degree has been instrumental in my career, providing me with a strong foundation of skills and a wide network of peers. I am excited to use the skills I learned during my LLM throughout my career.

Brent Meadows |   Senior Associate from Canada

I obtained my BA in Ottawa and began working with emergency services for the City of Ottawa. I was negotiating contracts and thought my career might benefit from legal training. I learned about University of Galway from friends who had previously studied there. I decided to give it a shot. I obtained my LLB from University of Galway School of Law in 2013. I can certainly say that Galway is a brilliant city, and the professors are excellent. After graduating, I was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015. I am now working at a great firm as a senior associate where I practice personal injury law. I am grateful for my experience in Galway. I also learned how to hit low stingers through the wind and rain on the local golf courses to counter the Atlantic gusts.