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With this specialist LLM you will gain a detailed insight into the fast-growing field of Intellectual Property & Information Law. Expect interactive classes focusing on topical issues concerning the regulation of innovation and creativity, in which the issues of the day are explored in detail. Covering the latest practical and theoretical perspectives you will learn about the access to and use of data in a global context.
A strong IP Law community, with both informal and formal social and networking events, guest lectures by leading scholars/practitioners in the field and participation in the annual International IP moot competition.
Breadth and depth of teaching expertise; a reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and internationally-acclaimed practitioners who all contribute to the extensive module offering.
Combines rigorous analytical and critical approaches with practical perspectives and practice-generated problems.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years to four years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Programme accreditations Law Society CPD points
Course intake 360 overall for the LLM (FT and PT)
Course leaders Professor Tanya Aplin
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law
Minimum requirements to be considered for the LLM:
Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.
Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies (such as a Graduate Diploma in Law) and where work or experience (at least three years legal work experience) has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM.
Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer. Applications for this programme are competitive.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £50 applies (non-refundable).
All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our specialist LLMs.
Please note: References are no longer required to assess candidates for the LLM Master of Laws, though references may be requested in borderline cases.
For information on how to apply to King's, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ's, please visit the FAQ page.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
Innovations, creative works, collections of data and communications infrastructure are central components of our digital, global society. How the law is and should be applied to the regulation of these intangible assets are important questions for government and commerce around the world.That is why the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law attracts students from a diverse range of jurisdictions and backgrounds. This is matched by a teaching faculty at King's that comprises a diverse mix of leading academics and practitioners - offering a wide variety of perspectives on the role of Intellectual Property & Information Law today.There is a strong international, European and comparative focus to the course and all of our students benefit from access to the wider legal community. Guest speakers, networking events, attendance at external seminars and participation in international mooting competitions are just some of what you can expect on this LLM.Many members of The Dickson Poon School of Law have made a significant contribution to IP Law and are influential in this area:
Professor Tanya Aplin
Professor John Phillips
Professor David Llewelyn
Mr Perry Keller
Dr Barbara Lauriat
Professor Kevin Madders
Dr Emily Hudson
For those who want to work in legal practice (in a variety of capacities - solicitor, advocate on in-house counsel) in the following sectors: the cultural and creative industries (music, film, art and publishing); 'brand' management for medium to large corporations; innovation industries, such as information and digital technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Those from both EU and non-EU countries where the 'knowledge economy' is either developing or already rather crucial will be attracted to this pathway.
This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners. The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.
In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay.
Please see further details for each individual module in the LLM module list that can be found by clicking hereDissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.
You will have to take one of the following writing projects:
Dissertation (40 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
10,000 word practice or research module (40 credits)
In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 120-140 credits from a range of optional modules. Students who wish to specialise within a certain pathway must ensure that at least 120 credits are taken within that pathway.
Examples of modules available with Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM:
International & Comparative Copyright Law
International & Comparative Trade Marks and Unfair Competition Law
Privacy & Information Law
Patents & Trade Secrets
Commercialisation of IP
Competition, IP & the Media Industry
Comparative Freedom of Speech
Comparative Freedom of Information
Copyright & the Music Industry in the Digital Era
Arbitration of International IP Disputes
In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks.
The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.
Legal Trainee with Thales Group
‘As a French law student planning to become a solicitor in Paris, it was crucial for me to study at a British university to gain knowledge of international and UK law.
The College has a great reputation amongst French law fi rms, particularly in the Intellectual Property field, which was the pathway I chose. With current developments in technology, legal problems linked to intellectual property are constantly changing, making this subject extremely dynamic.
Thanks to the LLM programme, I am now totally capable of working in English, which is essential since 80% of my work is in English. Moreover, I gained knowledge of UK and international law, which is very useful when I have to deal with international fi rms.’
"The most crucial part of my study so far has been my dissertation, wherein my supervisor who is himself an authority on the subject, not only guided me but at all times encouraged me to discuss my ideas and opinions."
"Although King’s offers a variety of fun social events, interesting seminars and valuable networking events the most rewarding thing about my stay here has undoubtedly been the quality of teaching."
"I was fortunate to have lecturers in my courses who were all well known academics and practitioners in the field which enhanced my learning experience. The lectures were on the whole engaging and motivated me in my studies."
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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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