Law - Intellectual Property & E-Law - LLM
On the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) you will study the close connection between the fields of intellectual property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and e-law (Internet regulation, electronic commerce and cybercrime). You will discuss novel and dynamic issues concerning social networks, music and video copyright, regulation of electronic contracts and data protection.
Applicants for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters' modules from those on offer for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact email@example.com for application details.
This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master's programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000-word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM).
Why Choose This Course
The LLM in Intellectual Property and E-Law reflects the close connection in legal research and practice between the fields of Intellectual Property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and E-Law (internet regulation, electronic commerce and law of cybercrime).
This specialised LLM builds upon the Law School's considerable research and teaching expertise in the fields of Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students can choose from a range of intellectual property, commercial, information law and e-law modules and further specialise by writing a dissertation on any one of the modern challenges presented by the practice of intellectual property law in the electronic age.
The LLM includes a unique IT Law Clinic module, where students provide legal information to startups on issues such as copyright, data protection and selling online. The clinic is the first such clinic in any Irish university and provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of these dynamic legal areas to real-life problems faced by businesses. The clinic website is at https://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/currentstudents/it-law-clinic/ .
UCC Law School is the Irish Partner in the global Creative Commons movement and a member of the iLINC European Network of Law Incubators, which aims to facilitate provision of legal information and advice to ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups. We organise major conferences on Intellectual Property and E Law, e.g. "Regulating Cloud Computing: Clear Skies Ahead?" in 2012.
For information on I.P. and e-Law at UCC see www.ucc.ie/law/lawonline/elaw/ .
For entry to this course you must be approved by the Faculty of Law and must normally:
- hold a law degree with at least a 2H1
- or have such other relevant third-level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies you to undertake the LLM (International Human Rights Lawand Public Policy) Degree.
- If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above.
Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at: Internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie for application details.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.
Modules: Students take 90 credits in total, including LW6575 LLM Dissertation (30 credits). Students must take a minimum of 25 credits from List A (which must include at least LW6536 or LW6574). Students may choose a maximum of 35 credits in total from Lists B and C, with a maximum of 10 credits being chosen from List C.
Core Module (30 credits)
LW6575 LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) Dissertation (30 credits)
Elective Modules (60 credits)
List A: Students must choose a minimum of 25 credits from List A (which must include at least LW6536 or LW6574).
LW6529 Information Rights Law (10 credits)
LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits)
LW6541 Electronic Commerce Law (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits)
LW6612 IT Law Clinic (5 credits)
List B: Students may choose a maximum of 35 credits in total from List B
LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
LW6544 Criminology (10 credits)
LW6545 Penology (10 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
LW6549 International Children's Rights (10 credits)
LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits)
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits)
LW6578 Consumer Rights: Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6579 Law of Secured Lending (5 credits)
LW6580 Environmental Law in Practice (5 credits)
LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6584 International Refugee Law (5 credits)
LW6588 Enforcement and Sanctions in Antitrust Law (5 credits)
LW6589 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (5 credits)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)
LW6605 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue 10 credits)
LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
LW6609 Mental Health Law (5 credits)
LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 credits)
LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
LW6626 Law of Ship Finance (5 credits)
LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6628 Marine Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6629 Natural Resources Law (5 credits)
List C (undergraduate modules): Students may choose a maximum of 10 credits from List C.
LW2254 Commercial Law (10 credits)
LW3301 Employment Law: Contracts, Rights and Termination (5 credits)
LW3302 Employment Law: Employee Protection, Equality and Industrial Relations (5 credits)
LW3316 Financial Services Law and Regulation (5 credits)
LW3317 Banking Law (5 credits)
LW3345 Company Law: Fundamental Concepts and Doctrines (5 credits)
LW3346 Company Law: Management, Finance and Insolvency (5 credits)
LW3347 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Law (5 credits)
LW3368 Principles of Revenue Law (5 credits)
LW3369 Income Tax Law (5 credits)
Students may not choose a module from List C if they have already taken that module or equivalent subject matter at undergraduate level or if it involves a timetable clash. Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.
Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 60 credits of taught modules and a dissertation on a subject of their choice in the area of IP and/or E-Law as approved by their supervisor. The dissertation is worth 30 credits and is normally 15,000 words in length
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
LLM classes are in a seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. Students receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar.
Seminars take place in 2-hour blocks between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.
Start Date 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Graduates of the LLM in Intellectual Property and e-Law have excellent legal research and writing skills. They can pursue careers as solicitors, barristers or in-house lawyers, as well as other roles in technology businesses or in the public sector.