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Information Technology Law and International Communications LLM

Course Description

With the rise of the internet and advancements in digital technology, concerns for the legal ramifications of data sharing and storage have increased exponentially. This makes it extremely important to have lawyers that are knowledgeable about Information Technology and the legal concerns that come about from it. If this is an area you're interested in, then why not join our unique and exciting LLM course?

You'll look at how the ability of corporations and governments to process massive amounts of personal information affects individual privacy rights, as well as how the copying and sharing of images, videos and other types of data infringes on copyright protected works. We will also help you develop an awareness and critical understanding of commercialism in the legal sector, understanding the law in practice and legal ethics. You'll have all the knowledge and skills you need to show expertise in this developing legal field, so join our course and become a specialist in law and international communications.

Course outline

This unique course has been designed in an effort to equip lawyers and commercial business managers with the vital knowledge required to converge media, computing and telecommunications both by fixed line technologies and wireless applications. All students will begin by engaging in a critical appraisal of relevant research methods to achieve competence in project planning and academic writing, gaining an awareness and critical understanding of commercialism in the legal sector, understanding the law in practice and legal ethics.

There are no exams to worry about - the programme is assessed by essays, presentations, advocacy exercises and professional portfolio. Students will be trained on how to prepare written advice to clients, how to draft court pleadings, conduct mediation and negotiation in an international law setting, and act as an advocate and present legal argument before an international forum.

Graduate destinations

The LLM qualification can help career development in the legal sector (including for those practicing law in commercial and business fields) as well as the Business and Management industry, helping promotion to middle and senior management. To meet the constant evolution of global business law development, we offer the opportunity to gain the qualification in one year.

Other admission requirements

For non UK degree programmes, the University will utilise the NARIC database to determine its equivalence to a UK honours degree.
Applicants presenting non-standard qualifications with substantial legal practice and law related experience may be invited for an interview to present their experiential learning. If an applicant's first language is not English, he or she must be able to demonstrate oral and written fluency in English. Working or studying in an English-speaking environment will usually be sufficient to demonstrate an acceptable competence. Otherwise applications for admission must be accompanied by a certificate of competency in the English language from a recognised institution or programme. English language requirements for non-English-speaking students are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum TOEFL score of 600, or equivalent.

Visit the Information Technology Law and International Communications LLM page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates must satisfy one, or a combination, of the following conditions: a UK first degree with honours at a minimum of 2:2 or above; a non-graduate qualification which the University deems to be of satisfactory standard for the purpose of post-graduate admission; in the absence of a UK first degree with honours (or equivalent), the candidate should have relevant work experience and have held a position of responsibility in a legal department for a minimum of three years within the previous five years.

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