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Intellectual Property & Information Technology

By combining information technology and intellectual property law together, this programme offers a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between these two topics which have emerged as significant areas in the future development of law. The School has established links with the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics to promote greater understanding in the information technology area. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of information technology and intellectual property from internet filtering, data protection to the protection of confidential information.

To understand and think critically about various facets of Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and their inter-relationship

To apply their knowledge and understanding of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law to real and hypothetical factual situations

To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

Who should Apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

On Line Regulation examines current issues in internet regulation. It considers the legal, regulatory and technical framework within which internet activities take place and examines how particular areas fit within that framework. It will assess the notion of the internet as a borderless space and will tackle the ways in which the law has responded to reassert jurisdictional boundaries. It will also examine the growth in technological responses (such as internet filtering) which may bypass the legal system. Areas of particular focus will include responses to domain name disputes, cybercrime, online harassment / defamation and filesharing.

Patent Law examines the relationship between the patent law system and biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Patent law under the European Patent Convention, in Ireland and the UK will be considered, although students will be encouraged to conduct comparative research of jurisdictions such as the US and Japan.

Data Protection and Privacy considers data protection and privacy law, particularly emphasizing an international and comparative perspective that encompasses Irish, EU, and US law. The European and American approaches to the regulation of personal information differ sharply, and these differences illuminate assumptions embedded in each regime. The course will consider theoretical approaches to conceptualizing an individual's interest in personal information. It will also introduce the fundamental legal rules governing the handling of that information, including constitutional law, tort law, contracts, and statutory or administrative regulation.

CIEL

The Comparative International and European Law (CIEL) programme is an exchange programme for registered full-time LLM students. The programme includes joint thesis supervision with academic colleagues at both the home and host institution. Upon successful completion students are awarded the CIEL certificate in addition to their LLM award.

This programme gives students, already holding an undergraduate degree in law or have practised law for a significant period, deeper understanding of the relationship between information technology and intellectual property law. Both have emerged as significant areas in law's future development. Graduate acquire the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the area of information technology and intellectual property law, domestically or internationally, as a practising lawyer, in-house legal adviser, policy maker or researcher.

Students are challenged to understand and think critically about various facets of Information Technology law, Intellectual Property Law and their inter-relationship. The understanding thereby acquired is also relevant to their contribution as citizens in an increasingly wide range of areas.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others' leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as integrating the different disciplinary perspectives offered in the curriculum for this programme, in collaboration with UCD School of Computer Science.

To these ends, the programme makes intensive use of teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small group teaching, in-class presentations (individual and group) and academic writing. A 30 credit dissertation on a topic devised by the student is an integral part of the programme.

Programme Outcomes

demonstrate a detailed awareness of the law and current controversies in intellectual property and information technology and knowledge of areas where the theoretical underpinnings of the subject is being challenged.

understand the national and international framework within which this area has developed.

use knowledge of substantive law to advise on legal issues presented by factual situations and to evaluate and critique arguments as to whether and how the law in this field is in need of reforms.

evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing claims as to the validity and merit of legal rules and be able to consider whether or how emerging forms of regulation might impact on more traditional forms of regulation.

integrate source material from a variety of disciplinary areas to reach reasoned decisions about the relative status of competing claims to knowledge.

unpack complex arguments and to render intelligible to a non-specialist audience, key disciplinary insights.

have the intellectual toolkit required to research and write a major dissertation.

demonstrate a detailed awareness of the law and current controversies in intellectual property and information technology and knowledge of areas where the theoretical underpinnings of the subject is being challenged.

evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing claims as to the validity and merit of legal rules and be able to consider whether or how emerging forms of regulation might impact on more traditional forms of regulation.

have the intellectual toolkit required to research and write a major dissertation.

integrate source material from a variety of disciplinary areas to reach reasoned decisions about the relative status of competing claims to knowledge.

understand the national and international framework within which this area has developed.

unpack complex arguments and to render intelligible to a non-specialist audience, key disciplinary insights.

use knowledge of substantive law to advise on legal issues presented by factual situations and to evaluate and critique arguments as to whether and how the law in this field is in need of reforms.

Entry requirements

Degree Requirements
Applicants must hold a Law degree, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component. Applicants must have achieved at least an upper second class honours or equivalent.

Applicants holding a Graduate Diploma in Law (60 ECTS Credits) may be considered but will normally be admitted only where they can show an exceptionally strong performance in both their undergraduate degree and diploma.

Exemption from these requirements may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a graduate qualification at Masters level or higher in a relevant discipline. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their qualifications/experiences are appropriate for admission to the programme.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at www.ucd.ie/alc.

International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website (www.ucd.ie/international) for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.
Application Procedure

Applicants should indicate which programme they are applying for. All applicants should note:

Official transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results by all applicants except UCD graduates.

The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. You should detail any relevant research and practical experience including any publications and major essays/projects.

Applicants must nominate two academic referees (name, position, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number). If an applicant has been in employment for more than two years, one of the referees must be your employer.
Please note: If you are offered a place on the LLM programme, accepting that place is a two-part process. You must submit an on-line acceptance and you must also pay a non-refundable deposit (normally €500) within 15 working days of the date of your offer letter.

Letter Of Recommendation

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The aim of this programme is to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the area of information technology and intellectual property law, whether domestically or internationally, as a practising lawyer, in-house legal adviser, policy maker or researcher. Companies include Arthur Cox, Slaughter & May.

Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Justine McCann
Contact Number: +353(0) 1 716 4109

Subjects taught

The LLM requires the completion of 90 ECTS. The dissertation is worth 30 ECTS and there is a dissertation seminar in semester 2 for 2 hours per week with the dissertation being completed in Semester 3.

The typical enrolment for a full-time student is 3 modules in Semester 1 and 2. Although all modules are available, students on this programme usually choose from the following modules.

Part-time students, taking the degree over two years, should note that classes are as for those taking the full time option, but will take less credits per semester as they have 2 years to complete this programme.

For January start Full Time students the Dissertation seminars begin straight away and the dissertation will take place during the summer

Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation
LAW40290

Stage 1 - Options

Environmental Law and Policy AW40120
Regulatory Governance LAW40250
Trade Mark Law LAW40280
Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360
Corporate Governance LAW40670
NGOs: Law, Governance and Social Change LAW40760
Law of the ECHR LAW40780
International Human Rights LAW40790
Climate Change Law and Policy LAW41090
Online Regulation LAW41150
Cross-Border Litigation: European and International Perspectives on the Conflict of Laws LAW41200
Data Protection and Privacy: European and US Perspectives LAW41270
Patent Law LAW41610
Whistleblowing Law & Practice LAW41780
Data Protection Governance AW41790
Copyright Law LAW42000
Comparative Business Regulation LAW42010
Law of Armed Conflict AW42020

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology Jan FT (B402)

Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Closed

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology Jan PT (B403)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Closed

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology FT (B296)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology PT (B297)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology (B296) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9320
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology (B297) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4660
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships (Non-EU Students).

We also offer scholarships for EU applicants. All applicants who apply before May 31st will be included. Further details at http://www.ucd.ie/law/study/scholarships/

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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