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Master the legal and policy issues raised by the Digital Economy. Develop cutting-edge strategic business skills and as well as advanced legal knowledge to become a strategic digital business leader or legal practitioner.
- Master advanced international law in the English language, alongside legal practitioners from diverse jurisdictions and backgrounds.
- Benefit from small classes: receive close support and form lifelong friendships.
- Study at the centre of Cambridge’s legal quarter, halfway between the crown count and county court.
- Join a Law School with satisfied students: our law undergraduates were the UK’s most satisfied in 2015 and 2016*
- Volunteer for our Law Clinic: put legal theory into practice by helping members of the public
- Get first-hand advice and guidance from a professional on our mentoring scheme
- Receive access to the University of Cambridge’s Squire Law Library
*The Complete University Guide 2015 and The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2016
Develop your legal and business skills to an advanced level
On our LLM Digital Economy, you will develop the skills to become a strategic digital business leader, able to guide companies, organisations and governments to harness the potential of the Digital Economy while also protecting their legal rights.
Your legal reasoning, critical analysis, research skills and independent judgement will all be exercised as you gain a detailed familiarity of the major legal and policy matters at the heart of the Digital Economy.
Learn the fundamental themes, and specialise
Focusing on the challenges and opportunities of the modern age, our core modules will introduce you to the practice of law in such areas as communications, competition, intellectual property and data.
On our optional modules, you can specialise in globalisation and world trade, international competition law, corporate governance, or transnational commercial law.
At the end of the course, you will use all the skills and knowledge you have learned to research and complete a Major Project in the area of the digital economy that most interests you, under expert supervision.
Benefit from small classes
All of our modules involve small group seminar work complemented by independent study, allowing you to tackle each issue one at a time and giving you a clear distinction between them. Our small classes will allow you to receive dedicated support from lecturers and form close friendships with your fellow students.
Get support from diverse experts
Throughout the course, you will receive support and advice from dedicated staff who are expert in their fields. These include Course Leader Tom Serby and Dr Sarita Patil-Woolhouse (both of whom practised as commercial lawyers in the City of London after graduating from the University of Cambridge); Dr Ana Keglević Steffek (an author of leading texts on commercial law) and Professor Rohan Kariyawasam (Harvard Fulbright scholar, and member of E15 consultancy group on the China belt road project).
Master international law in the English language
English Law provides the basis for many legal traditions and principles worldwide, particularly in America and Commonwealth countries such as India, Malaysia and Nigeria. Studying International Law in the English Language will give you a unique insight into how the grammar of law was shaped, as well as advanced skills in a language used all over the world.
Our LLM will help you develop transferable professional skills including logical reasoning, critical analysis, research and independent judgement, along with an understanding of the complex interplay between infrastructure, content, competition, social policy, punishment and trade in the global digital arena, and a greater capacity for legal communication.
These skills will prepare you for international practice and academic research at the highest level, but are also transferable to other roles that focus on the digital and knowledge economies, such as legal / business advisors or researchers with NGOS or private companies, or independent consultancy.
Employability events and opportunities
Volunteer for our Law Clinic and practise your legal skills in a real-life setting. Work alongside local solicitors, providing pro bono advice to people who have limited access to legal resources.
Join our mentoring scheme: partner with a professional from a regional law firm to get first-hand advice and guidance.
Our employability service also organise many focused events, such as careers fairs specifically for law students.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Law in the Global ContextThis module will help you transition from Undergraduate to Masters level study by brushing up on the skills you need as a postgraduate student (effective use of electronic databases, academic writing and referencing) and providing an analytical framework for international trade law that transcends particular jurisdictions to focus on the context in which international business takes place. You’ll examine the need for regulation or international trade and the development of legal frameworks, including organisations like the WTO and the EU, and be expected to demonstrate a systematic and critical awareness of the interrelation of law and business in a global context, as well as advanced scholarship in international trade and business. You’ll be assessed through a group presentation, in which you’ll individually present findings resulting from your personal research. This presentation will be accompanied by a written assignment that will include referencing correctly presented using OSCOLA.
Digital EconomyThis module will give you an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of the Digital Economy, combining an overview of the regulation of modern communications (including telecommunications, information technology, information) with aspects of electronic commercial transactions (jurisdiction, electronic copyright, liability of electronic intermediaries). In particular, you will focus on law relating to electronic privacy with an understanding of what we mean by the Open Society and the Knowledge Economy. You will cover historical perspectives on the UK Digital Economy and the EU emphasis on promoting a borderless trading economy; the current legal and organisational structure of communications control in the UK and Europe; the role of international law impacting on the communications sector (particularly WTO law); UK and European competition law as it impacts the Digital Economy; and aspects of IP law that impact on-line transactions, particularly UK and European copyright law. This module will particularly develop your ability to analyse complex legal issues and identify appropriate solutions to problems. You will also enhance your team working and time management skills as well as your sense of responsibility. You will be supported to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of subject areas, as the Digital Economy is a subject by default exposed to competition, trade, regulation of infrastructure (telecommunications) and content (intellectual property). Your assessment will consist of a 6,000-word essay (100% of mark), but will also include a self-reflective learning log as a formative assessment.
Legal Research MethodsThis module will give you a critical understanding of research skills, methods and methodology, including surveys, questionnaires, statistical analysis, and interviews, in addition to bibliographical research methods in law. It will also provide you with an understanding of web learning and the ability to access materials both through the University library and from other sources. Most importantly, you will learn to critically examine alternative research methods and evaluate their effectiveness in the study of International Business Law. Further still, you will have the chance to discuss learning and teaching styles, academic expectations and learning strategies. You will be taught through seminars, library sessions and E-learning, giving you a grounding in the various possible research methods. Your assessment will comprise both a presentation and coursework.
Major Research Project (LLMs)This module will support you in the preparation and submission of the Master’s stage project for the LLM International Business Law, LLM International Commercial Law and LLM Digital Economy. You will be assessed through a maximum 15,000-word final thesis.
Intellectual Property Law and Social MediaThe Intellectual Property Law & Social Media module has been designed to provide a learning opportunity for students, some of whom may be new to study in an English university setting. This module is designed to enable you to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major areas of the law of information, intellectual property and social media including key concepts and principles and such detailed rules, as are necessary, to illustrate those broad principles as they apply in particular situations. You will gain a sound knowledge and understanding of the law relating to information, intellectual property and social media, suggest solutions to factual problems and apply this knowledge and understanding to the critical analysis of contemporary business and social issues relating to the law of information, intellectual property and social media. In addition to providing a structured outline and an introductory critique of topics and concepts, seminars will be used to consider research methods, relevant case law and statutory material. Seminar groups will focus on selected topics, cases, journal articles and other materials. Particular emphasis is placed on student discussion, application and evaluation of the law as it operates in business and society. The issue of data portability and data protection under new European Directives will be covered as well as the important concepts of Big Data and Cloud Computing. You will also develop skills in research, problem solving, analysis and application. Assessment will be by online assessment, essay and presentation.