Testimonials LLM

Emily Bartholomew, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Emily Bartholomew

Emily Bartholomew, LLM (Child & Family Law)

It was not an easy decision to leave a job I loved as an attorney for children in California to pursue the Child & Family Law LL.M. at UCC. However, the opportunity to study the international human rights implications of child advocacy under Professor Kilkelly and other members of the law faculty has been well worth it. The opportunity to contribute to some of these very timely and pivotal issues in children’s rights through participating in the Child Law Clinic was the highlight. In particular, I enjoyed participating in the preparation of the Clinic's first amicus curaie submission to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; it was a privilege to present the findings of our brief on behalf of UCC's Child Law Clinic to the Court itself during its 48th Session in Mexico City. (Emily Bartholomew has since returned to the United States, where she works as an attorney at ProBAR Children's Project, Colorado.)  

Emily’s presentation to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights can be viewed at the link below at 225:
http://www.sitios.scjn.gob.mx/videotecacorteintderhum/?q=video/1488

Laura Croke, LLM (Child and Family Law)

Laura Croke, LLM (Child and Family Law) 2014/2015
The LLM offers a broad range of modules to choose from, which enabled me to gain extensive knowledge in the area of Child and Family Law as well as other areas of interest such as Medical Law and Disability Law. The opportunities afforded to me throughout the LLM were endless. Under the guidance of the leading experts in the field of Child and Family Law, I gained confidence in my ability and improved on my legal writing skills, which led me to me having two articles published in Academic Journals. Completing the Child and Family Law LLM programme is without a doubt the primary reason why I obtained my position as a current paralegal and future trainee in the Child and Family Law Department in Augustus Cullen Law. I cannot recommend the LLM highly enough.

Naomi Kennan, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Naomi Kennan, LLM (Child & Family Law)

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Legal Science and Classical Civilisations) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from NUI Galway. My decision to undertake the LLM (Child and Family Law) at UCC was based on the excellent reputation of the lecturers involved in this course and the opportunity available to students to participate in the Child Law Clinic.  I am primarily interested in children’s rights and had the good fortune to study under, be supported by and learn from internationally renowned experts in this field.  In addition, participation in the Clinic was an invaluable experience and an opportunity to apply legal theory in practice. 

The LLM (Child and Family Law) at UCC offers its students an exclusive opportunity to obtain an internship in the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.  I was delighted to be offered this internship and, following the completion of my thesis, I started working on a part-time basis in the Research and Policy Department of the Office. As an intern, I was provided with an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on, and analysis of, the State’s compliance with its international obligations and on legislative proposals relating to education and family law.  I further developed my drafting skills and contributed to the Office’s preparation of its shadow report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.  I was also provided with an opportunity to represent the Ombudsman for Children’s Office at national and international conferences pertaining to children’s rights, to attend an Oireachtas Committee meeting on gender identity rights, to contribute to the investigative work of the Office and to directly engage with children and young people.  I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and it was an ideal ‘next step’ following my completion of the LLM at UCC.  Furthermore, the LLM provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills to take full advantage of this internship and the cumulative experience I have gained provides me with a strong platform from which to progress my future career in children’s rights. I am very grateful to the Law Department in UCC for arranging this excellent opportunity for me and for its continued support.

Naomi is currently a researcher in the the Child Law Clinic.

Kate Halpin, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Kate Halpin, LLM (Child and Family Law)

During my undergraduate studies at NUI Galway I knew I wanted to advance my understanding of Family and Child Law. I was delighted when given the opportunity to do just that through the LLM in Child and Family Law, the first of its kind in Ireland, that UCC were introducing that year.  The level of academic standing in UCC Law Faculty is well renowned and it was an exciting prospect to be learning from the reputable lecturers involved in teaching the course.  The course itself consisted of many facets that appealed to me and incorporated a well balanced approach between Family law and Children’s law subjects, however I found I was also encouraged to foster my particular areas of interest.  The opportunity to contribute to the UCC Child Law Clinic and work on a range of issues through the Child Law Clinic provided me with invaluable experience.  Due to the programme I obtained an internship in the Ombudsman for Children’s Office during the Summer while completing my thesis.  I am currently working as a caseworker for the Complaints and Investigations Department in the Ombudsman for Children's Office. The knowledge and sklls that I developed through the LLM are pertinent to the work that I perform on an everyday basis there. I would highly recommend the programme and am extremley proud to be associated with the inaugaral LLM in Child and Family Law at UCC.

Nikaela Rusk, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Nikaela Rusk, LLM (Child and Family Law)

From studying a Bachelors of Civil Law in NUI Galway I grew to realise my interest in the family law area and that I wanted to specialise in this infinite developing area. I was delighted to have the opportunity to study such an innovative and original master’s programme at UCC, incorporating the vast array of legal issues facing the rights of children and families. Moreover, it is taught by academics and professionals from this area that are experts in their field whom encouraged and inspired me. Participation in the Child Law Clinic was an invaluable opportunity to incorporate legal theory into practice. I found this master’s an extremely positive experience opening a range of opportunities for the future. I am currently working as a legal secretary with some paralegal duties in the asylum and immigration department of KOD Lyons Solicitors, Dublin. I am hoping this experience will help me progress to a job in a Children's Rights NGO.

Aisling Dillon, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Aisling Dillon

Aisling Dillon, LLM (Child and Family Law)

I hold a Bachelor of Corporate Law International and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from NUI Galway. I decided to pursue postgraduate studies in UCC because I was aware of its longstanding reputation as a top Irish university. I visited UCC before I accepted my place and I was very impressed with the campus and the facilities on offer in UCC. I chose the LLM (Child and Family Law) because of the unique nature of subject choices on offer. The opportunity to participate in the Child Law Clinic was a further incentive to choose the programme. My involvement with the Clinic requires the practical application of the law and theory I have learned in seminars to the work assigned to me as part of the Clinic’s work.  While I completed my thesis, I worked part-time in the Ombudsman for Children's Office Policy and Legislation department. It was an ideal opportunity to acquire practical experience of child law issues and I really enjoyed my time there. I am currently working as a secretarial assistant to a TD in Leinster House.

Jacintha Hopkins, LLM (Child and Family Law)

Jacintha Hopkins, LLM (Child and Family Law) 2014/2015
Studying for my LLB in NUI Galway I developed a keen interest in family law. This interest was developed upon following a summer working in the Middlesex Family and Probate Court in Massachusetts. Returning to Ireland I was keen to pursue the Child and Family Law LLM in UCC, not only because of my developing interest but because of the excellent reputation the law school has. I had been advised by many of my NUI Galway lecturers, many of whom themselves are UCC graduates, of the excellent reputation of the law school, and the school did not disappoint. Studying the child and family Law masters in UCC, I was honoured to be taught by leading Irish academics in the field - many of whom I still regularly use their texts and material in my current job as judicial assistant to Mr Justice Henry Abbott, on the High Court Family Law list. In UCC I participated in both the child law clinic and the development of the UCC family law information website, participating in both of these enabled me to develop my knowledge of child and family law.

Jessica Brennan, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Jessica Brennan, LLM (Child & Family Law) Student

Having completed my BCL in UCC I realised how beneficial it would be to broaden my knowledge in the area of Child and Family Law. The programme offers a unique balance between seminar focused learning, headed by renowned lecturers in the field, while at the same time leaving plenty of opportunity for individual thinking. These foundations are further built on through the Child Law Clinic, relevant internships and of course in the writing of a thesis in an area that is of particular interest to you. I cannot recommend the LLM in Child and Family Law highly enough.

Amy Coleman, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Amy Coleman

Amy Coleman, LLM (Child and Family Law)

I feel very lucky to have been part of the inaugural LLM (Child and Family Law) at UCC. I benefited enormously from amazing mentoring and instruction, the opportunities to obtain different internships, and the chance to work with the Children's Rights Alliance and the Children's Ombudsman, among others. At the end of my LLM year I knew without a doubt that I had chosen the right discipline in which to base my career. I currently work as an associate attorney at Wilner & O'Reilly Immigration Law, Orange County, California. As part of the LLM, I was able to take classes in Immigration & Refugee Law, as well as American Constitutional law, and both have been invaluable to me in carving out my career here. Although I am now far away from UCC, I am grateful to know that there is still a support system I can access should I need help. I'm really happy to be a part of the LLM (Child and Family Law) network. 

Joanne Kelleher, LLM (Child & Family Law)

Joanne Kelleher Ralston, LLM (Child and Family Law)

Having practised as a Barrister since 2003 I choose the LLM in Child and Family Law primarily because it was specific to the area in which I practice. I completed this course in 2013 and felt that I benefited enormously in terms of research and legal writing skills. I found that the learning environment in UCC was student friendly and interactive. This learning environment has, since completing the Masters, inspired me to start a PhD on a part-time basis in January 2014.

My background is that of having worked as a Quantity Surveyor following completion of my primary degree in Commerce in UCC in 1994. I also completed the Evening BCL in UCC in 2001 before attending the Kings Inns. My experience to date in completing the Masters in Child and Family Law has been an extremely positive one and I am looking forward to progressing my research over the coming years at UCC.

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