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LLM Information Technology Law

An LLM Information Technology Law (also called LLM Internet Law or forming part of a combined LLM subject degree course) opens up the legal issues surrounding I.T. and the telecommunications industry. The internet and widespread use of digital products in the public domain and global industries has given rise to an ever-increasing number of new challenges for the legal frameworks in this field.

There is pressure for ‘cyberlaw’ to keep up with the creation of new products and networks, and to tackle new forms of crime which exist as a result of these new technological developments. It also raises further questions regarding globalisation and human rights (i.e. the privacy of the individual).

This specialist area has a close relationship with many elements of intellectual property law. This extremely fast-moving area of law makes research in the field particularly important. Information technology also plays an integral role in modern day business; professionals in this sector can also benefit from a thorough understanding of this field as a result of LLM study.

Core modules

You can expect to cover certain subjects in this LLM degree:

  • Intellectual property law
  • Information technology law policy and practice
  • Telecommunications policy and regulation
  • eCommerce
  • Information security
  • Cybercrime.

Course structure

A set amount of module/credit study – in most cases some compulsory and optional units – is usual for an LLM Information Technology course. You will need to complete a dissertation or research project on a related topic, and also in some cases submit additional coursework essays or sit examinations.

There are a few providers in the UK that currently run courses in this field, including University of Essex (LLM Internet Law), University of Derby (LLM Intellectual Property and Information Technology),  LSE (Information Technology, Media and Communications Law), Queen Mary (Computer and Communications Law), Aberystwyth University, University of Leeds (Cyberlaw: Information Technology and Society) and University of Southampton.

Part-time study is possible with some providers. Distance learning is also an option, with Queen Mary and University of Southampton offering online programmes

Entry requirements for LLM Information Technology Law

You will need to have at least a 2:2 law degree (2:1 in some cases), or an international equivalent in order to apply for this LLM specialism. Non-law graduates can also apply to some institutions, though they may also need to possess a GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) qualification or significant experience within a related industry.

By Jos Weale, Editor,