The degree of LLM in Innovation, Technology and Law offers advanced study of a range of law or law-related subjects, with an opportunity to develop more detailed knowledge, understanding and research skills in a chosen dissertation topic. This unique degree programme explores the role of the law in responding to, regulating, and promoting new and emerging technologies.
The courses on offer allow students to examine legal, ethical and regulatory issues as these relate to a number of technology-related fields, including information technology, intellectual property, biotechnology, medical sciences, audio-visual media and artificial intelligence. The core subjects of the degree are intended to provide an advanced knowledge of domains where law engages with technology, laying a foundation for a specialised dissertation. By the end of their studies for this degree, students will have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of law and technology and a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and the differing approaches to their solution.
The LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law may be taken on campus over 1 year full time or 2 years part-time. This LLM may also be taken by distance learning over a period of 1, 2 or 3 years.
Students are required to complete 180 credits in order to achieve the LLM (120 credits from courses and 60 credits for the dissertation). At least 80 credits must be taken from the courses listed below. A third course worth 40 credits (or two modules worth 20 credits) may be chosen either from the list below or from the wider portfolio of LLM courses.
LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law Courses
At least 80 credits must be taken from these courses:
On-Campus Courses (20 Credits)
* Data Protection and Information Privacy
* Information: Control and Power
* Intellectual Property 1: Copyright & Related Rights
* Intellectual Property 2: Industrial Property
* Intellectual Property: Law and Society
* International Climate Change Law
* Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law 1
* Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law 2
* Law of E-Commerce
* Legal Challenges of Information Technologies
* Medical Jurisprudence
* Risk, Society and Regulatory Frameworks
* Sport and the Law
The balance 40 credits can be taken from above or from the wider portfolio of LLM courses offered by the School of Law.
On-Campus students may be able to take up to 40 credits from the following list of on-line modules, although they may take no more than one 20 credit on-line module per semester and cannot take courses in one medium which are wholly or substantially the same as those they have already taken in the other.
On-line modules (20 Credits)
* Biotechnology: Law and Society
* Forensic Computing and Electronic Evidence
* International Intellectual Property Systems
* International Public Health: Law and Security
* Law and Medical Ethics: Fundamental Issues in Consent and Negligence
* Law and Medical Ethics: Start and End of Life Issues
* Managing Intellectual Property
Please note that certain courses and modules may restrict access to students studying for another nominate degree, such as the LLM Commercial Law.
Edinburgh Law School will offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence across all the LLM and MSc Programmes in the School starting in 2012, including the LLM in Law. This award will provide funding of £1,000 towards tuition fees.