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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    04 December 2017

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

This masters programme is designed to meet the growing need for specialists who understand – and can anticipate – the legal issues that arise when the worlds of IT and commerce meet. Tackling topics such as IP, e-commerce, data protection, and intermediary liability, it offers a thorough grounding in the current legal frameworks and emerging debates that impact on today’s digital and data-driven economy. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course draws on Southampton’s world-renowned expertise in law, computer science and Web science, exposing you to cutting-edge developments in all three fields. Part of a supportive and dynamic law school community, you’ll learn from academics who are at the forefront of their specialist areas. They bring insights from their practice and research to their teaching; you’ll also learn from guest lecturers from major corporations. You’ll graduate with a sound understanding of this important and ever-evolving area of law, advanced critical thinking skills and the ability to apply your knowledge commercially, ensuring you are highly sought after by businesses and law firms.


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

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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