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Law & Technology

Legal work and practice, as is the case across the professions, is increasingly focused on technological innovation. Employers are very interested in law graduates who are tech-savvy both in terms of awareness of legal matters in technology, but in terms of how technology is coming to operate within the profession (such as for research and also for promotional purposes). The School of Law aims to address that gap, through an employer-partnered LLM programme in Law and Technology that introduces students to the interplay of and interfaces between technology and law.

This innovative and employment-focused programme draws on the School of Law's substantial experience in technology, e-governance and innovation, in terms of law's role in regulating technology and technology's role in transforming governance and legal practice.

World Class Facilities
•The prestigious home of the School of Law features world class facilities to support an innovative culture of learning. Opened in summer 2016 it provides bookable group study rooms and a number of innovative teaching spaces central to which is the Moot Court Room interactive teaching space. Queen's has some of the best campus facilities in the UK and Ireland. Investing £700m over a 20 year capital development programme, we are continuing to transform Queen's historic campus into a beacon of learning and innovation.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•The Law School at Queen's is ranked in the Top 100 in the World (QS World Rankings 2020). The School also ranks Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). Law at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in the area of Law. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and civil society. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014). Over 95% of Research Activity in the School was judged to be of international quality and above.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.

Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)

Careers or further progression

Career Development
•We are dedicated to student employability and our strong industry links mean over 94% of Queen's postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. This employer focused programme places employability skills at the core of the student experience (including problem based learning and leadership modules), introducing students to the interplay of and interfaces between technology and law. Employers will be involved in assisting on project-based learning and in delivering guest lectures to students.

Career Prospects

Introduction
This employer focused programme places employability skills at the core of the student experience (including problem based learning and leadership modules), introducing students to the interplay of and interfaces between technology and law.

Subjects taught

Compulsory Modules

Law and the Challenges of Technology

Exploring and analysing the impact of technology on society and the response required by law and regulation. Topics include big data, the advance of robotics, the internet of things, and machine learning; this is in the context of a general question of whether new law is required to deal with the implications of new technology, or whether existing law can be developed and enforced more imaginatively. Addresses issues such as e-government and the role of information technology in legal practice.

Regulating Innovation

Exploring and analysing the impact of technology on innovation, the construction of online markets, and the implications of new systems and services for law and regulation. Examining the idea of 'cyberlaw'; jurisdiction over online activities (which law applies in a transnational context); specialist areas including intellectual property and data; and the rise of liability considerations around platforms.

Law and Technology : project based learning

Students will be required to work in groups on short projects based on (law and technology) issues presented and then respond with presentations and documents in a manner that simulates client-facing practice.

Computational methods and skills

Introduces students to methods of data analysis and computer programming. Engage with ideas around 'computational thinking', data visualisation and basic statistical programming. Includes teaching of 'Python' programming (for beginners), which will be useful in the subsequent project as well as in equipping students with technical and data literacy skills.

Approaches to Legal Research

Students will be introduced to several important theoretical frameworks and research programmes for legal research. This includes empirically-oriented research that investigates how law interacts with other social phenomena, and fundamental principles of research design and methodology, covering both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' social science methods.

Dissertation

Optional Modules
Copyright in the Digital Environment

Investigation of current topics in copyright law; recent topics have included artificial intelligence and authorship; regulation / liability of social media sites; digitisation, heritage and archives.

International Financial Law

Introduces the law of financial transactions and the regulation of financial institutions in Europe and the US. Topics include the structure of financial systems and the relations between central banks, banks, securities firms, financial investors, depositors, and states; types of finance (e.g. equity, securities); banks; corporate governance of financial institutions; payment systems.

Business and Human Rights
Key debates regarding the corporation's role in society, including topics such as the human rights obligations of corporations to workers, host countries, other stakeholders, the rise of corporate social responsibility reporting, global initiatives and frameworks, the role of civil society in corporate regulation and self-regulation, corporate promotion of labour standards, and human rights considerations in international corporate investment.

European Law and Economic Integration

Designed to enable students to engage with current themes in European and transnational legal studies from substantive perspectives, including advanced approaches to the legal frame of EU economic integration (internal market, competition law, economic and monetary union), regulatory approaches to economic integration, and issues beyond EU borders (e.g. EU external trade policy).

Medical Law and Ethics

Medical Law and Ethics examines current legal and ethical issues in the interfaces between the regulation of medicine and emerging health technologies. The module emphasises the application of theoretical frameworks to 'real world' cases.

Comparative Competition Law : the Case of the EU as the Leading Model

Innovative module funded through a European Union project; involves combination of classroom and electronic learning, visiting expert speakers from across the EU. Explores the internationalisation of competition law in the context of globalisation and international trade with a particular focus on EU competition law as a leading model, followed by many other states.

Leadership and Innovation Skills for Law Students

Incorporates the Graduate School's 'Mastering Your Leadership' programme, including skills training in leadership, project management, group work and other workplace skills. Also engages with the topics of law's role in business and the legal profession itself.

Data, privacy and the law

Studying the interplay of data, privacy, and the law. Explores recent legal changes (e.g. GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation, on topics such as consent, sensitive personal data, and online communications), current debates on law reform (e.g. the proposed revision of the E-Privacy Directive regarding issues like surveillance and spam), and related issues (e.g. investigatory powers).

Regulating digital communications

Focus on the regulation of digital communications, including comparative approaches to content regulation / censorship, the application of criminal law to social media posts, and enforcement of broadcasting and other standards in a digital context.

Contact Teaching Hours

Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
8 (hours maximum)
In addition, students should set aside 10-12 hrs per module for reading and preparation

Assessment method

Assessment

Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

Assessed coursework
Dissertation

Application date

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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