Within the rapidly globalising environment of intellectual property and digital commerce, this Masters programme provides you with a unique opportunity to specialise in this increasingly important area of law.
• LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• You will develop a critical understanding of a wide range of issues concerning the legal regulation of intellectual property and the digital economy.
• You will benefit from access to and engagement with the Law School’s newly established £8M Research Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy: CREATe.
• CREATe is a pioneering academic initiative – led by the Law School at the University of Glasgow
– designed to help the UK cultural and creative industries thrive and become innovation leaders within the global digital economy.
• You will have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship at firms that specialise in intellectual property matters. At present, our strategic partners include: (i) Burness Paull & Williamsons, a top tier Scottish commercial law firm with extensive expertise in IP, IT and Information Law; and (ii) Cloch Solicitors, a boutique Scottish IP law firm.
• You will benefit from our excellent facilities including the dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.
You are required to take at least three courses from the following list (and four courses in total) and to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.
• Brand protection
• Contemporary issues in intellectual property
• Copyright in the digital environment
• European Union trade law
• E-Commerce, rights management, and information
• Intellectual property and the market
• International and comparative intellectual property law
• International and comparative moral rights.
Note: Some courses might not be available every year.
Background and Aims
This programme is designed to equip students with a detailed and critical understanding of the legal issues concerning the regulation of both intellectual property and the digital economy, including the place and importance of intellectual property within the digital economy. It will also enable students to locate, understand and evaluate these legal issues within a national, regional (European), and an international context. It will provide students with an advanced-level qualification giving rise to a wide range of employment opportunities including: legal practice (both general and specialised); government service; legal advisors to private companies and NGOs; independent consultancy; specialist researchers in academic and think-tank institutions; and, further advanced level study.
In the rapidly globalising environment of intellectual property and digital commerce, the combination of regulatory, policy, and management perspectives which this programme will provide should prove highly attractive to both students and employers.
The LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy also benefits from strategic relationships with local and national law firms. One of the advantages of these relations is that the students on this LLM are able to apply for summer internships at firms that specialise in intellectual property matters. At present, our strategic partners include: (i) Burness Paull & Williamsons, a top tier Scottish commercial law firm with extensive expertise in IP, IT and Information Law; and (ii) Cloch Solicitors, a boutique Scottish IP law firm.
As part of the Taught Masters Programme, there is a compulsory one-week induction programme, tailored specifically for the LLM. This offers students information and guidance on learning methods, research skills, and on non-academic aspects of life and study in Glasgow.
The programme provides high-level training at the intersection of law and technology - an area of crucial importance to legal professionals everywhere. The emphasis on research will help you to develop excellent analytical and writing skills highly sought after by potential employers. Internship opportunities with leading global and local firms support the development of further skills.
Career paths include roles in law firms, entertainment and media companies, international organisations, government and non-governmental organisations.
Entry requirements for Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy are a good first degree in law (2:1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2:1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law.