LLM Guide: Information Technology Law Degrees
There are a number of LLM law degrees and LLM distance learning courses now available that involve the study of Information Technology. It is possible to take a LLM in Information Technology Law, as well as the LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications, or the LLM in Cyberlaw, amongst others. Different courses are provided depending on the school of law you intend to study with.
With information technology now having such a strong presence in everyday society, it is essential that legal professionals and recent law graduates have some experience in the massive area which incorporates internet and information technology crimes.
Whichever postgraduate LLM degree you end up taking on the subject, you will be given foundational knowledge from which you can better understand this diverse area of law. Many providers now have information technology options as part of their LLM prospectus and a surprisingly high number of law universities offer the course as an LLM distance learning option.
LLM Information Technology
This course will aim to ensure you gain a comprehensive knowledge in the area of information technology laws applicable within international, EU and domestic settings. The degree will begin by taking a look at the broadness of legal issues that are connected with computerisation and the internet and will look at how information technology and the internet have evolved over the past decade.
Specific topics covered during this course will include;
• regulatory approaches to information jurisdiction
• content liability
• privacy and data protection
• intellectual property
• standards and competition
• cyber crime
• the digital device
• the use of new technologies such as investigations and evidence, and
• dispute adjudication
To obtain this degree, you must complete four core modules, two elective modules and complete a dissertation. The core modules include:
1. Information technology law
2. Information technology and evidence
3. Forensic computing and electronic evidence
4. Information; control and power.
Assessment for this degree is by way of dissertation and closed book examination. Providers include the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberystwth.
LLM Cyberlaw: Information Technology Law and Society
This LLM law degree offers a chance to gain a thorough comprehension of the legal rules and regulations that are applicable to cyber law activities within the UK and Europe, as well as at a global level.
The successful candidate will come to understand the many different issues that are connected with the ever growing area of cyber law. You will learn the various practical applications regarding WWW based legal research. You will also have the opportunity to write your own research on the topic of cyber-crime.
The course itself is made up of three compulsory modules:
1. Cyber-crime; computer and crime in the international age
2. Cyber law; law and the regulation of the information society
3. Research methods
In addition to this, you will also have to complete two or three elective modules in order to be awarded the full qualification. Assessment will be by dissertation and closed book examination. Providers for this course include the University of Leeds.
LLM Law: Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
This LLM will take a look into the subjects regarding intellectual property and information technology laws. Mostly theory based, the course can provide you will a wealth of knowledge on subjects such as:
• data protection
• information handling
• e-commerce, and
• intellectual property in the global digital economy
Assessment for this degree is often at the end of each module of study with a closed book exam. Law schools that provide this degree include the University of Derby.
LLM: Information Technology and Telecommunications
This LLM degree aims to give you a thorough introduction to the challenges that occur due to development in the information and telecommunication sector. A comprehensive study of how these developments affect the area of the law is studied. The main focus of the degree will include the study of these developments within the UK and EU. Providers of this area of legal studies include the University of Southampton.