LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law


Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Laws



The LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law brings together two of the most important legal questions of the 21st century: the fate of law in the information age, and the management and exploitation of diverse forms of creativity, reputation and innovation.

Building on a long record of teaching at the cutting edge of law and technology, the UEA Law School is home to a strong team of scholars investigating everything from Intellectual Property enforcement to the rights and risks associated with ‘Web 2.0’.

Students can choose from a range of specialised, internationally-focused modules on Information Technology and Intellectual Property, but can also take the opportunity to study subjects in the closely related field of media law, or other subjects offered in the School on commercial or competition law.

Overview

The LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law brings together two of the most important legal questions of the 21st century: the fate of law in the information age, and the management and exploitation of diverse forms of creativity, reputation and innovation. Building on a long record of teaching at the cutting edge of law and technology, the UEA Law School is home to a strong team of scholars investigating everything from IP enforcement to the rights and risks associated with ‘Web 2.0’. Students can choose from a range of specialised, internationally-focused modules on IT and IP, but can also take the opportunity to study subjects in the closely related field of media law, or other subjects offered in the School on commercial and competition law.

The LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time. Students undertake a range of compulsory and optional modules taught by the Law School. They may also, with the consent of the Course Director, choose modules worth up to 40 credits from other postgraduate courses offered by the University.

This degree also offers an optional Research Methods Training component. Research methods training is likely to be of particular interest to students who are considering working in the following areas: Academic legal research, including study for an advanced research degree, such as an MPhil or PhD, Law reform bodies and legal pressure groups, for example the Law Commission or Liberty, International organisations with a policy research focus, such as OECD, The World Bank.

Key Facts

  1. Designed to develop legal knowledge and skills for those intending to specialise in a legal career in information technology law (including the Internet and e-commerce industries) or any area of intellectual property law
  2. Focus on the relationship between law and technology (without assuming detailed knowledge of particular technologies), and the social, economic and cultural consequences of new or amended forms of regulation and governance
  3. Over 25 subjects to choose from

Student Testimonials

"This course is the only one of its kind in the UK offering coverage of both intellectual property and information technology law... It is particularly interesting as it is taught in a very contemporary way... with every class being a study about what will happen in the future, rather than focusing on what happened in the past."

Douglas Gichuki (Kenya), 2009/10

“Studying the LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law with Research Methods Training at the University of East Anglia has been a challenging but very enjoyable experience for me. Truly international in terms of its academically diverse modules offered allied with its strong commitment to its students’ pastoral care, this course has given me a cosmopolitan legal education and global outlook.

The Norwich Law School has offered me a supportive and stimulating learning environment with excellent resources, such as a well stocked library, modern online facilities, public lectures by prominent legal practitioners, workshops linked with other law schools, approachable teaching faculty and staff and encouraged interaction with my fellow students from internationally diverse backgrounds.

Thanks to this LLM degree, I now have a sound basis of knowledge and specialism in Information, Technology and Intellectual Property Law, which has enabled me to comprehend the interface of law and technology; and various issues dealing with the ownership, use, transfer and management of intellectual property. Further, having completed my first degree in a foreign jurisdiction, its Induction Programme in Legal Skills and Research has developed my analytical and legal skills thus preparing me to practise law in a global environment.  Therefore, I believe that this LLM degree has enhanced my marketability and employability globally, thus helping me to become a truly ‘international’ lawyer.”

Eileen Menezes (India), Masters of Law, Information Technology and Intellectual Properly Law 2008/09

“Legal concerns are no longer merely local in nature, they are global. I chose to attend UEA’s International LLM program in order to gain a better understanding of global legal relations. UEA’s program has not disappointed.
Through UEA’s program I have come in contact with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, societies, and legal systems. This taught me about the global nature of law, and the need to be able to view legal situations through many societal and cultural lenses. In addition, the comparative nature of UEA’s program has allowed me greater understanding and insight into the legal theory of my own nation.

UEA’s program has equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary for navigating today’s global legal issues. In turn, these skills will allow me to help clients compete within the global marketplace.”

John Nelson (USA), Masters of Law, Information Technology and Intellectual Property 2008/09

“I was working for years in a Ministerial Cabinet Office in Tunisia when I decided to go back to University. It was a very challenging decision. Coming from a Mediterranean country, basically dealing in French and applying a civil law system, it was quite difficult for me to be in a Law School again. As soon as I entered the Norwich law school, I just forgot about all this and got spontaneously involved in the environment.

My tutors are absolutely brilliant: dedicated to their work, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Yet this is not the most exciting thing - they are very approachable, helpful and really kind.  So do not hesitate, if you want to change your life and get a very good qualification, just get enrolled in one of the Norwich Law School Postgraduate programmes.”

Nefissa Chakroun (Tunisia), Masters of Law, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law 2008/09

Course Modules

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Law or cognate degree
  • Degree Classification Good 2.2 pass or international equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree in Law, or, exceptionally, in a related subject from a recognised higher education institution in the UK or overseas.

The Law School will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant and encourages applications from those wishing to return to academic study to further their knowledge, or those planning to study for a degree while remaining in full-time employment. 

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2016/17 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,150 (full time)
  • International Students: £14,500 (full time)

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective Law students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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