Intellectual property law is a central part of an innovative and creative economy; it has now become central to government and international policy. There is a need for expertise in the field for lawyers, policy makers and others involved with developing a knowledge economy.
The LLM Intellectual Property Law aims to meet the needs of students, lawyers, policy makers and others who wish to study intellectual property law from an international and comparative perspective.
This programme provides an overview of current issues in specific areas of intellectual property law, both domestic, EU and international, with a critical evaluation of current and proposed regulation.
The LLM Intellectual Property Law programme:
• Provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of intellectual property law, domestic, EU and international
• Stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought
• Enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.
The LLM Intellectual Property Law programme is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules providing you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs or interests.
The course can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.
You must select at least two of your four taught modules and complete the dissertation in the area of Intellectual Property Law. You may also select up to two modules from those listed in any other LLM programme or from a combination of LLM programmes.
The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage one (the taught component) is taught over four semesters and comprises four 30 credit modules. Stage two comprises the dissertation.
For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/intellectual-property-law-llm
For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/intellectual-property-law-llm-part-time
Study for an LLM is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at classes and dissertation supervisions is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.
Our teaching is very flexible and your modules may be delivered through seminars or a combination of lectures and seminars. Other teaching methods include the online use of discussion boards, self-access study packs and formative quizzes and activities.
Modules may be diverse in content to cater a high proportion of overseas students or students with previous qualifications other than in law. Modules are typically led by experienced staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject area.
We make use of both formative and summative assessment.
Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.
Summative assessments count towards your degree. Your marks in these assessments count towards your formal progression from stage one (taught modules) to stage two (the dissertation), and towards the determination of your final award. Summative assessments in stage one will vary by module but will typically involve written coursework (5,000 word essays), unseen examinations or pre-release examinations. The dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the stage two summative assessment.
A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession and law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.
We are committed to extending extracurricular opportunities to our students, helping to enhance their CVs in a competitive graduate job market. We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills and we run several Pro Bono schemes and provide advice to members of the community on different legal issues.
Students successfully completing the LLM programme may have the opportunity to continue their legal study through the School’s PhD programme or through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies professional programmes (the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course).
A good honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although applicants with other appropriate qualifications will be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). An IELTS overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6 in the other sub-scores, or the equivalent, is required.