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Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law (Paris/DL)

LLM (Variable 2 years Part-time )

Overview

The LLM in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law programme provides you with an in-depth immersion in commercial law from both comparative and international perspectives, within a common law framework. The already successful LLM in Paris programme offers LLMs in various fields including Intellectual Property Law, which is particularly complementary to technology, media and telecommunications law.

The programme is designed for students wishing to take advantage of CCLS' significant expertise in the field of technology, media and telecommunications law, benefiting from a wide choice of study topics by virtue of being able to choose modules from both those offered face-to-face at the Paris campus as well as those offered by distance learning.

The part-time version of the programme is directed particularly at those who intend to continue working whilst conducting studies for the purposes of individual interest and/or career enhancement. The combination of face-to-face and distance learning modes of study will assist those wishing to pursue further studies whilst maintaining current work or other commitments in Paris.

The Paris LLM brings together a unique community of students from all over the world, from a diverse range of legal backgrounds and experience. In studying modules offered not only as specific to the programme but also from within the Paris and distance learning module portfolios, students have the opportunity to choose from a wealth of specialist topics, take different approaches to their learning, and meet students and academics from across the range of commercial law disciplines offered in Paris.

Find out more about CCLS in Paris.

Find out more about Distance Learning Programme.

Location

The LLM in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law is taught in the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), in premises shared with the British Council in the 7th arrondissement, a short walk from the Champs Elysées in Paris, France.

Partnerships

We have arranged with the Paris Bar School to allow their students to validate the LLM as part of their training (PPI). For further details, contact the Bar School.

We also have an informal partnership with SciencesPo Law, a leading law school in Paris where many courses are taught in English. Students of the Queen Mary Paris LLM are able to attend certain lectures and seminars organised by the SciencesPo Law School, and vice versa. Assessment and core teaching for LLM students is still provided entirely by Queen Mary.

This programme will:

  • Give the opportunity for lawyers of various nationalities, notably French and British, to work and study alongside each other.
  • Allow students at the Paris Bar School (EFB) and early career lawyers the possibility to obtain an English LLM degree while being in Paris. Such a qualification is a great added value to any potential employer.
  • Maximise your professional opportunities with an international and comparative focused LLM from a leading UK commercial law school.
  • Enable practitioners to update and enhance knowledge and understanding whilst continuing their employment.

Why study your LLM in Paris?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary runs the LLM in Paris programme. Members of the academic team come to Paris to conduct teaching and the programme is managed to the same standards as in London.

  • The Paris LLM includes a wide variety of modules of global legal relevance, which are taught by high profile CCLS academics and prominent guest lecturers.
  • You will benefit from an in-depth immersion in a common law environment offered by an institution of outstanding international reputation.
  • Many of the internationally recognised staff who teach on this programme act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally. The programme is attended by students of a wide variety of ages, nationalities and professional backgrounds – from those just starting out in their careers to those that have been practising for several years.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who can provide support and advice to Paris students in the same manner as for London-based students, and often remotely.
  • Many of our students undertake internships with Paris law firms.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing course designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary in Paris and, upon graduating, join our extensive alumni network which includes more than 50 members of a Paris-based group.

Facilities

At the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) premises in central Paris, students have access to a library, computing and printing facilities, as well as a kitchen and space in which to meet up outside of classes. You will be able to access WiFi in all of these areas. The ULIP library, which looks out over the Esplanade des Invalides, holds a small number of the most prominent textbooks. You will also have access to local libraries, including the nearby Sciences Po law library.

Like all registered students at Queen Mary University of London, you will have easy access to a full range of electronic resources, including LexisNexis, Westlaw and a wide range of electronic journals.

If you decide to visit London you will have access to the main library sites in London, at Mile End, Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library. These all have freely available WiFi and other computing facilities.

The School of Law attaches great importance to the provision of support, both academic and pastoral, to our students. We recognise that there is a need for students, especially those who have come from abroad, to be able to discuss your progress and any issues relating to your studies or stay in Paris during the academic year. The Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service offers support for emotional and personal difficulties, and helps with financial, legal and practical issues. The ULIP Student and Academic Services team can also offer on-site assistance.

Structure

You will take 90 credits in technology, media and telecommunications law from the modules listed below: 

QLLP071    Cloud Computing Law  (15 credits)                                                      
QLLP072    Cybercrime and Digital Investigations  (30 credits)  (NOT RUNNING IN THE 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR)                         
QLLP073    E-commerce Law   (15 credits)                                                                    
QLLP074    EU Data Protection Law  (30 credits)                                                         
QLLP075    Information Technology Transactions  (15 credits)                  
QLLP076    Regulation on Media Reporting of the Legal System  (15 credits)    

You will then have the option of taking a further 45 credits as two 22.5 credit modules from a selection of those already offered in Paris; OR
as three 15 credit modules from a selection of those offered through the CCLS distance learning programme in Computer and Communications Law. (Please note that a selection of DL modules are offered on a two-year cycle.)

The final 45 credits will be attained through completion of a dissertation for which the topic must be within the field of technology, media and telecommunications law.

Those taking the programme full-time will complete all elements in year 1. Those taking the programme part-time will be expected to complete credit equivalent to 90 credits in year 1 and 90 credits (including the dissertation) in year 2.

 

QLLP071 Cloud Computing Law (15 credits)
This module will provide a foundation for understanding and analysing cloud computing structures and contracts for private and public sector cloud services, including standard terms and contract negotiations; the application of data protection law to the storage and other processing of information in cloud environments, including what is regulated, who is responsible, which laws
apply and the circumstances in which law enforcement authorities access information; and the subsistence and ownership of proprietary rights in data stored, processed and generated in cloud environments.


The aims of this module are for lawyers to be able to learn about and understand cloud computing's key technical and commercial characteristics, and the key legal and regulatory issues arising under English and EU law as cloud services are adopted on a widespread basis.


QLLP072 Cybercrime and Digital Investigations (30 credits) (NOT RUNNING IN THE 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR)
Internet technologies have enabled new ways of committing crimes and have moved "old" crimes such as fraud online: this has created interesting challenges to substantive criminal law and to its investigation, prosecution and enforcement. This Module examines substantive criminal law(s) of different jurisdictions (using the UK and the US as the main comparators) from a comparative and international perspective. It also looks at international harmonization efforts such as the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and the EU framework for the harmonization of the law in the fields of cybercrime. The aim is to educate lawyers about phenomenon of cybercrime and its legal evaluation in terms of criminal offences committed and to understand the relationship between technology, crime and the law. It also aims to educate lawyers about the phenomenon of transborder cybercrime and its legal evaluation in terms of criminal procedure and the need for and complexity of international co-operation.          


               
QLLP073 E-commerce Law (15 credits)
This module investigates the difficulties posed by the problem of creating legally effective e-commerce transactions in a complex cross-border legal environment and potential solutions to those difficulties. It focuses on how e-commerce businesses are constrained to undertake and structure their online activities, and on how legal creativity might be used to reduce or eliminate
legal uncertainties. The module covers how to provide effective advice to e-commerce businesses which enables them to enter into legally effective transactions with their customers.

Students will develop an understanding of how the move from traditional to online communications changes the legal consequences of commercial communications, particularly those which lead to an online transaction. Students will develop an understanding of how law and regulation in a cross-border environment affects the transaction, and how e-commerce businesses might respond to these challenges.   

                                                                
QLLP074 EU Data Protection Law (30 credits)
This module examines EU data protection laws and examples of the regulatory frameworks established in the Member States. It explores the key debates and commercial implications of the current regime under the Data Protection Directive and the new regime under the General Data Protection Regulation, including the challenges of particular developments, such as
telecommunications, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.
Students will acquire legal knowledge, gain a robust insight into policy considerations underlying statutory law. You will also acquire an international and comparative perspective on how the law is understood and applied in different jurisdictions. Students will thereby be placed in a position to critically analyse current developments.


                                                                
QLLP075 Information Technology Transactions (15 credits)    
The module covers information technology transactions, contracts and licences in a variety of areas, such as: system procurement contracts, commercial software licensing, outsourcing, cloud computing and free and open source software.
Students will, above and beyond the acquisition of legal knowledge, gain a robust insight into all relevant considerations underlying the aforementioned transactions. You will also acquire a broad perspective on how the law affects various stakeholders at the negotiation stage, when the contract is concluded and during disputes. Students will thereby be placed in a position to critically analyse complex legal scenarios in the abovementioned areas.


QLLP076 Regulation on Media Reporting of the Legal System (15 credits)
One of the most fundamental concepts governing a legal system is not only that justice should be done, but that it should also be seen to be done. The modern notion of open justice sees the media encouraged to report on the court system in operation; indeed, the right to do so comes under the scope of Article 10. There are, however, situations in which limits must be put upon what may be reported, such as, for example, where the public interest lies in protecting the Article 8 privacy rights of an individual, or perhaps even where it is necessary for information identifying them to be withheld from publication lest it put their actual lives in danger, as was seen in regards to the Bulger killers, Thompson & Venables (UK).  Prior to and during legal proceedings, it can be necessary to put limits on the manner in which the media report particular proceedings; in some circumstances, it may even be necessary to prevent certain key information from being able to be reported at all for the duration, as to do otherwise could pose a threat to the integrity of the proceedings, violating the Article 6 right.


This module will undertake a comparative exploration of different legal approaches which seek to maintain the balance between open justice and media freedom of expression on the one hand, and the protection of vital interests in the integrity of the justice process on the other.  Consideration will also be given to the challenges posed by the nature of the contemporary media: online, global, and instantaneous. Can traditional approaches in this area, designed in an era of professional journalists and defined boundaries, be adapted in order to really address the internet era of amateur commentators, online gossips, and international communication platforms with global reach?


On completing this module student will have gained a strong knowledge of the concept of open justice; an enhanced understanding of how notions of open justice, media freedom, individual rights, and the objectivity and integrity of the court process overlap and conflict; and an understanding of the key legal models and approaches for dealing with this, as well as an ability to critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these.

 

    Entry requirements

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, normally of at least upper-second class honours (or equivalent).

    We consider every application on a case-by-case basis and anticipate that some applicants will be practising lawyers who have qualified either in France or their home jurisdiction and will have legal work experience, which will also be taken into account.

    Non-law graduates

    Non-law graduates may be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience that directly relates to specialist LLM taught courses.

    • Non-law graduates with good honours, who have also obtained the equivalent of good honours in CPE and Bar Finals/Legal Practice examinations, or passed the solicitors’ qualifying examination, may qualify.
    • Law graduates with high 2.2 honours and at least five years professional legal experience may also qualify.

    International applicants

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community of Queen Mary students in Paris. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website.

    English language requirements

    Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate that you meet the Queen Mary minimum English language entry requirements through a recognised English language qualification, namely IELTS, ILEC or the PTE Academic English Test.

    Since test centres and test dates can often be booked up well in advance, we strongly recommend that students make contact with their preferred option in good time. The British Council is an example of a teaching and test centre with which students can register in order to take a test to demonstrate their English-language qualifications. Visit the British Council website for information regarding exam dates and requirements in Paris.

    Please note that Queen Mary can also accept the internet-based TOEFL English language qualification for this programme. In this case, students are required to demonstrate an overall score of minimum 100, with 27 in writing (Listening 17, Reading 18, and Speaking 20).

    Please further note that due to the start-dates of the Paris programme, it is not possible for students to take the pre-sessional English classes.

    Learning and teaching

    Taught modules

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

    You will learn through direct interaction with lecturers using a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including traditional and interactive lectures, small group teaching, seminar sessions, tutorials and e-learning. The taught element in Paris usually involves class sizes of no more than 30. The classes are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students.

    Assessment

    Taught modules are usually assessed by unseen written examinations of 2.5 hours but, in certain cases other assessment methods may be used, such as presentations, or assessment entirely based on course essays. This is in addition to the compulsory dissertation.

    Distance learning modules

    Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).

    You also have the option to give a research seminar paper/presentation where you will give a 30-minute presentation at the residential weekend on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5,000-word essay during the May – August term.

    Assessment

    Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).

    If you take the research seminar paper/presentation option you will give a 30-minute presentation at the residential weekend, on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor, followed by the submission of a 5,000-word essay during the May – August term.

    Independent Study

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill both for career development and for preparing for the transition to working life.

    Critical Thinking and Writing in Law

    LLM in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law students benefit from English language support, as writing within a specific discipline at postgraduate level is a skill that needs acquiring. The Critical Thinking and Writing in Law course has hands-on workshops and online support that will allow you to deepen your understanding of the learning strategies required for postgraduate study, and which will help you to improve your research and writing skills, as well as provide you with the confidence necessary to meet the requirements and demands of the LLM. You will be given the opportunity to practise the skills required at LLM level, receive feedback on your performance, and critically reflect on your own work.

    As well as remote support via email and the Online Learning Environment, there will be six full-day sessions in Paris which, if not a requirement of your offer, are strongly recommended.

    Dissertation

    All LLM in Technology, Media and Communications students have to carry out research to complete a dissertation of 15,000 words. For this purpose you have access to a variety of legal resources and receive training on how to use them. An individual dissertation supervisor is allocated for each student.

    Fees

    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2018/19 Academic Year

    Part time £6,000

    Tuition fees for International students

    2018/19 Academic Year

    Part time £10,350

    Funding

    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide.

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
    email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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