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Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM pathway

The Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM pathway provides a detailed insight into this fast-growing field. The programme covers the latest practical and theoretical perspectives, you will learn about the access to, and use of, data in a global context with some of the world’s most respected legal experts. Expect interactive classes concerning the regulation of innovation and creativity, in which cutting edge issues are explored in detail.

Key benefits

  • 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.
  • 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 and information law today.
  • This course will ensure that you have the knowledge and analytical skills to evaluate the ways in which innovations, creative works, data and information technologies are regulated, whether in terms of access, use or exploitation.
  • 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.

What you will study

Once enrolled on the General LLM at King’s, students can choose modules to follow the Intellectual Property & Information Law pathway and achieve a specialist LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law . Full-time students who complete the programme in one year will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.  To graduate with a Intellectual Property & Information Law  LLM at least 120 credits must be taken within the pathway. This can be optional modules alone or a combination of optional modules and a writing project, providing its content is relevant to the pathway.    The range of Intellectual Property & Information Law LLM optional modules may typically include:

  • International & Comparative Copyright Law (40 credits)
  • Information Privacy and Data Protection (40 credits)
  • Copyright and the Music Industry in the Digital Era (20 credits)
  • Patents & Trade Secrets (20 credits)
  • Commercialisation of Intellectual Property (20 credits)
  • Competition, Intellectual Property & The Media Industry (20 credits)

In addition, all students are required to take one of the following writing projects, detailed further on the General LLM prospectus page: 

  • 10,000 word Dissertation (40 credits)
  • 15,000 word Dissertation (60 credits)
  • 10,000 word practice or research module (40 credits)

What our students and alumni say

Emilio

Some enjoyable highlights of my course are working in teams which helps gain some real-life experience, the excellent level of teaching which assists my learning in a productive way, the supportive friends I have made and lastly, when lecturers apply real-life current examples of what’s going on in the world into their lectures to enhance on commercial awareness.

Emilio, Student (Accounting & Finance BSc)

Annual Events 

While at King’s students have the opportunity to take part in events that go beyond their studies, both to enhance their understanding of the field of Intellectual Property & Information Law and to connect with the wider legal community.

One of the foremost events to take place each year is the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot Competition, which attracts teams from universities worldwide. King’s has a long history of performing well, frequently reaching the finals stages. In 2011, one of our students, Jiri Maly, was awarded the prize for Best Individual Mooter and, in 2015, the KCL team reached the quarter finals of the competition.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in extra curricular events at which there are speakers from the legal profession, industry, and academia. Topics in the past have included 3D printing, on-line streaming of music and careers in IP.

To follow the Intellectual Property & Information Law pathway, you must first apply for the General LLM at King’s. After enrolment you will select your pathway modules.

Find out more about the LLM at King’s and apply.

To follow the Intellectual Property & Information Law pathway, you must first apply for the General LLM at King's. After enrolment you will select your pathway modules.

Find out more about the LLM at King's and apply

Pathway Director

Tanya Aplin, Professor of International Law

Professor Tanya Aplin

Professor of International Property Law

Professor Tanya Aplin and Dr Barbara Lauriat lead the Intellectual Property & Information Law pathway. Professor Aplin joined King’s in 2002 and her research interests include copyright law, patent law, law of confidential information and privacy law. Dr Lauriat joined King’s in 2011, teaching and conducting research on intellectual property law subjects.

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