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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    19 October 2018

Course content

With digital technology continuing to revolutionise the way companies do business, the study of IT, intellectual property (IP), and commercial law has never been more relevant. Drawing on Southampton’s world-class expertise in law, computer science and Web science, this LLM provides specialist knowledge that will be invaluable in today’s e-commerce sector.

Introducing your course

Privacy, intellectual property, data protection, big data, information security, digital threats and cyber space are issues that are becoming increasingly challenging. This programme provides a comprehensive grounding in the legal and regulatory environment in which these technological developments are taking place. Combining the all-important aspects of commercial law with the ever-increasing impact of information technology law, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the legal response to these changes and why the law is moving in a particular area. With a sound understanding of this important area of law and a readiness to apply that knowledge commercially, you will be well-equipped to compete for careers in the corporate and business world.


We welcome applications from recent law graduates or graduates from disciplines with a strong legal component who are keen to specialise in this fascinating field of law, as well as those with professional experience who are seeking to advance their career or take it in a new direction. We attract high-calibre students from around the world, enabling you to build a network of friends and contacts that will prove invaluable as you progress in this global sector.

View the programme specification document for this course


Core Module: Dissertation.

Optional Modules: International Trade Law, Commerical Conflicts of Laws and International Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, Insurance Law, Principles of Secured Transactions, Corporate Governance - Regulating Boards of Directors, Global Trends in Copyright and Trademark Laws, The Law of Ship Sale and Purchase, Advanced Secured Transactions, Corporate Governance - Shareholders' Rights and Responsibilities, Enforement of Intellectual Property rights over the Internet, Ship Finance.

Career Opportunities

Our numerous careers events and workshops, run by the Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and the student-run law societies, will give you a head start when you enter the job market. Careers activities include:

  • The annual Law Careers Fair, which attracts more than 50 law firms and other companies
  • Industry seminars presented by major law firms
  • Bespoke CV writing and job application workshops

In addition, your tutors on the LLM IT and Commerce will circulate relevant vacancies and use their knowledge of the sector to offer tailored careers advice. You can also take advantage of external professional networking events in London, which is just over an hour from Southampton by train.

Your specialist knowledge, professional skills and ability to think critically will ensure you have a competitive advantage when applying for roles that require expertise in the various aspects of IT and commercial law. This degree is excellent preparation if you are interested in becoming a specialist advisor within a law firm, joining an in-house law team within a global corporation or EU and international institutions as a legal or policy officer, working as a public affairs professional or within the constantly expanding e-commerce and data-driven business sector.

Visit the Information Technology and Commerce - LLM page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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