UCC Postgraduate courses

Law LLM (Intellectual Property & E-Law)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law LLM (Intellectual Property & E-Law)

  • Code

    PDLIPE

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 Year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    LLM

  • EU Fees

    €7,130; €3,630 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,630 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €17,500

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022.

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

On this LLM programme you will study the close connection between the fields of Intellectual Property (copyright, patents, and trademarks) and E-Law (internet regulation, electronic commerce, and cybercrime). You will discuss novel and dynamic issues concerning social networks, music and video copyright, regulation of electronic contracts and data protection. 

Applicants for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law) also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students take 60 credits of taught modules from those on offer for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. 

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000-word research dissertation and graduate with an LLM.    

Full-time: Students take 90 credits.

Part-time: Students take 90 credits, completing a total of 40 credits (including LW6574) in Year 1 and 50 credits (including LW6575) in Year 2.

Core Modules (70 credits)

  • LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits)
  • LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
  • LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits)
  • LW6575 LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) Dissertation (30 credits)
  • LW6647 IT Law Clinic for Start-ups (10 credits)

Elective Modules (choose 20 credits in total from Lists A and B with a maximum of 10 credits being chosen from List B)

List A: Elective Modules in E-Law, Business Law and Human Rights

  • LW2269 Privacy and Data Protection Law (5 credits)
  • LW6578 Consumer Rights: Law and Policy (5 credits)
  • LW6579 Law of Credit & Debt (5 credits)
  • LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
  • LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Processes and Practice (5 credits)
  • LW6636 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue (5 credits)
  • LW6639 FinTech: Law and Regulation (5 credits)
  • LW6640 E-Commerce Law (5 credits)
  • LW6641 The Role of Law in the Future of Europe - Critical Perspectives (10 credits)
  • LW6643 Negotiation and Mediation (10 credits)
  • LW6644 Managing Complex Disputes (10 credits)
  • LW6650 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (10 credits)

List B: Undergraduate Modules (choose up to 10 credits)

  • LW2254 Commercial Law (10 credits)
  • LW3316 Financial Services Law and Regulation (5 credits)
  • LW3345 Company Law I: Fundamental Concepts and Doctrines (5 credits)
  • LW3346 Company Law II: Management, Finance and Insolvency (5 credits)
  • LW3347 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Law (5 credits)
  • LW3368 Principles of Revenue Law (5 credits)
  • LW3369 Income Tax Law (5 credits)

Students may not choose a module from List B if they have already taken that module or equivalent subject matter at undergraduate level or if it involves a timetable clash.

It may be that not all modules listed above will be offered each year and/or other options may become available.

In order to ensure a reasonable distribution of workload, when choosing modules for all programmes, students should take a balance of credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students who wish to deviate from this rule must seek permission from their Programme Director.

Examinations

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2022/2023 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2022/2023.

Presentation of Dissertation/Submission Dates The dissertation must be submitted for examination at the Winter Board, on a date in September to be specified by the School of Law at the commencement of the programme.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Technology (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award) Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 30 credits that meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Technology students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Technology.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Intellectual Property and e-Law) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award) Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 60 credits, registered LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Intellectual Property and e-Law).

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

LLM classes are presented in a seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. Students receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar.  Seminars take place in 2-hour blocks between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 10-credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5-credit modules run for 6 weeks.

Part-Time 

The part-time option is taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Credits

Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 60 credits of taught modules and a dissertation on a subject of their choice in the area of IP and/or E-Law as approved by their supervisor.  The dissertation is worth 30 credits and is normally 15,000 words in length. 

Assessment

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. To view individual module assessments in the Book of Modules.

Why Choose This Course

The LLM in Intellectual Property and E-Law reflects the close connection in legal research and practice between the fields of Intellectual Property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and E-Law (internet regulation, electronic commerce and law of cybercrime).

This specialised LLM builds upon the Law School’s considerable research and teaching expertise in the fields of Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students can choose from a range of intellectual property, commercial, information law and e-law modules and further specialise by writing a dissertation on any one of the modern challenges presented by the practice of intellectual property law in the electronic age.

The LLM includes a unique IT Law Clinic module, where students provide legal information to startups on issues such as copyright, data protection and selling online. The clinic is the first such clinic in any Irish university and provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of these dynamic legal areas to real-life problems faced by businesses. The clinic website link is here.

UCC Law School is the Irish Partner in the global Creative Commons movement and a member of the iLINC European Network of Law Incubators, which aims to facilitate provision of legal information and advice to ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups. We organise major conferences on Intellectual Property and E Law, e.g. “Regulating Cloud Computing: Clear Skies Ahead?” in 2012. For information on I.P. and e-Law.

Top 100 ranking

UCC School of Law has been ranked among the world’s best Law Schools in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, climbing 25 places to 75th in the world and to 1st in Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of the LLM in Intellectual Property and e-Law have excellent legal research and writing skills. They can pursue careers as solicitors, barristers or in-house lawyers, as well as other roles in technology businesses or in the public sector.

Requirements

To be accepted on this course you must be approved by the School of Law and must normally:

  • hold a law degree with Second Class Honours Grade I (NFQ, Level 8);
  • have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualify you under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) degree;
  • If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply, and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie for application details.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,130; €3,630 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,630 (Year 2 Part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €17,500.

Deposits

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. Gather supporting documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

3. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

4. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
  • Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees. 

The closing date for non-EU applications is Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022.

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