Law - Corporate Law Computing & Innovation
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Ulster University - Belfast

Law - Corporate Law Computing & Innovation

Creating multi-disciplinary lawyers, legal professionals and technologists, this course provides you with an interdisciplinary skillset that distinguishes you from other graduates through teaching in computing, data science, and business intelligence skills, alongside corporate, financial and technology law. The course is industry-focused, with international firms offering paid work placements, prizes, and specialist teaching input to students.

This distinct LLM/MSc degree programme suits aspiring and current lawyers, as well as other legal, business, and computing professionals wishing to gain multi-disciplinary skills and enhance career opportunities. You will explore the effect of emerging disruptive technologies in the field of law and develop practical skills in legal technology through the expertise of industry partners.

Graduates in this area are in high demand and can work in law firms, in-house legal teams, financial services, banking, consulting, and technology firms.

The LLM/MSc is also the ideal platform for advanced research, including doctoral study in law or computing.

Work placement / Study Abroad
Students in the Progamme can compete for post-graduate Placement Opportunities within industry or industry-driven applied projects, including paid work placements at Citi, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills & Factor Law.

In addition, students can enrol in an optional Advanced Practice module, which extends the course beyond 1 year of full-time study. Through this module, students will undertake an internship with a company or complete an applied consulting project for a company under the supervision of University staff.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.

Subjects taught

Year one
Professional Software Development I
The module introduces software development concepts and practices in a scaffolding manner enabling students to progressively develop their knowledge. This will be reinforced by interwoven practical lab sessions which will focus on and enhance all the necessary practical skills: problem solving, software design, programming skills and software testing to the high level of competence required by industry. The module is also intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and practices that enable them to function as autonomous, accountable IT professionals.

Corporate Law and Tech Innovation
The effective and efficient running of businesses (and their establishment) requires students to understand a number of concepts, principles and rules of law in such areas as business structures, corporate law, corporate governance, disputes, dissolution and related legal issues (including an overview of the basics of contract and tort), as well as close familiarity with the nature, structure and key characteristics of the legal system in which such businesses operate. In addition, students will also need to acquire certain skills, such as those of instant recall, critical analysis, argumentation and articulation, and the ability to apply legal concepts and principles to practical problems or to refer such problems to appropriate dispute resolution methods. This module provides the necessary information, knowledge and intellectual equipment to acquire such knowledge and skills.

Derivatives and Financial Markets
This module, offered in association between Ulster University and Fieldfisher LLP's Belfast and London offices, guides students through the key areas of financial markets trading and regulation with a specific emphasis on derivatives and securities financing. Students will consider, in particular, master agreements used for a variety of transactions in cross border markets. This module not only equips students with underpinning knowledge of relevant aspects of the law but also provides key opportunities to directly engage in case studies based on the type of practical work undertaken by an experienced financial services practice.

Business Intelligence and Analytics
This module is optional
This module aims to contextualise the role of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics and why we need them. A particular focus will be on how to turn already stored data into valuable information and why this is important. For instance, vast amounts of data regarding company's customers and operations is routinely collected and stored in large corporate data warehouses. This data can be of immense value if properly analysed. Students will explore techniques and tools for data analysis, and presentation of the results to non-technical and managerial staff, in alignment with business strategies. Business intelligence and analytics however, are open to certain ethical and consent issues along with risks. These will be analysed, reviewed and evaluated.

Data Science Foundations
This module is optional
The focus of this module is to present an understanding of key data science concepts, tools and programming techniques. Within the arena of data science, the theory behind the approaches of statistics, modelling and machine learning will be introduced emphasising their importance and application to data analysis. The notion of investigative and research skills will also be introduced through a number of problem-solving exercises. The material covered will be contextualised by providing examples of the latest research within the area. Students will also be introduced to programming with Python. They will learn the basics of syntax, and how to configure their development environment for the implementation and testing of algorithms related to data science.

Project
Year: 1
This module is optional
The project allows the student to demonstrate their ability in undertaking an independent project, developing theoretical perspectives, addressing research questions and analysing and implementing real world solutions. The student will be expected to utilise appropriate methodologies and demonstrate the skills gained earlier in the course when implementing the project. This will typically involve a systems analysis of the needs for a realistic application or actual organisation and identification and application of tools/techniques required to deliver a well-formed solution. In summary the masters project represents a piece of work performed by the student under suitable staff supervision, which draws both from the practical and creative nature of a problem-solving project and the traditional, scholarly exposition of an area of study. The content of the work should have a degree of originality and contain a critical appraisal of the subject area.

Technology and Internet Law
This module is optional
This module spans a range of contemporary issues spanning law and technology. It covers basics of intellectual property (copyright, marks, patent and software licensing) as well as basic principles of artificial intelligence (machine learning and natural language processing) as they apply to the practice of law. In addition, the module covers privacy, encryption, Internet law (telecommunications law, conflict of laws, free speech, safe harbour) as well as providing several practical lessons with software applications/platforms used in the professional legal marketplace.

Dissertation
This module is optional
The dissertation module is designed to enable students to develop and apply the demonstrable research skills in the form of independent research leading to 12,000 words dissertation on a topic of choice in commercial-law related fields. Students would be advised to choose their research topics in areas for which there are supervision expertise within the school of law.

Year two
Advanced Practice - Applied Consulting Project
This module is optional
This Applied Consulting Project module enhances the student's ability to apply theory to practice by requiring them to undertake a 'live' consultancy project for a selected organisation. The module requires students to draw on relevant theories and concepts gained throughout their postgraduate study, and to apply these in a practical business context, in order to analyse and produce successful project outcomes

Advanced Practice - Internship and Professional Development Project
This module is optional
This module is designed to further enhance the employability and professional development of postgraduate students who undertake the LLM/MSC in Corporate Law and Computing, by giving them internship experience (normally 12 weeks) through completion of an organisational project and the development of key personal and professional skills, evidenced through a critical reflection of their internship experience.

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

Applicants must:
1. have gained:
a. a second class honours degree or better in law, accounting, finance, computer science, software engineering, computing, or a related discipline from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

b. an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in law or an approved alternative qualification; or

c. a degree in any discipline with appropriate work/professional experience in the field of law or computing; or

d. a comparable professional qualification; or

e. In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme;

And

2. Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent)

If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Visit ulster.ac.uk/englishrequirements for more details.

This course is open to international (non-EU) students (full-time only).

For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2023.

Post Course Info

Career options
Graduates from this Programme can work in:
- Law firms
- In-house legal teams
- Financial services
- Banking
- Consulting firms
- Technology firms

The Course provides you with an interdisciplinary skillset that distinguishes you from other graduates through teaching in computing and areas of law essential to modern practice in finance, banking, corporate law, and technology law.

For those interested in pursuing a career as a solicitor or barrister, the Programme gives you hands-on experience, meaningful exposure to key industry employers and a competitive advantage in securing a training contract.

The LLM/MSc is also the ideal platform for advanced research, including Doctoral study in Law or Computing.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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