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LLM in Computer and Communications Law

The importance of communication and information in modern society has grown exponentially in recent times. The LLM in Computer and Communication Law programme allows students the opportunity to gain expertise in the legal regimes governing the supply and use of computer and communications technology. Through the examination of the complex issues concerning national and international law and policy relating to computer and communications technology student will learn to analyse how computer and communications technology has affected the application of traditional legal principles.

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On the application form you will be applying for entry to your chosen LLM programme. All individual module choices will be finalised after enrolment and induction. You will have a two-week induction and a full week of teaching before making your selection to enable you to make an informed final choice.

We also offer an LLM in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning.

Taught modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the same field of law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

All modules are 45 credits unless otherwise stated below.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Teachers contributing to this programme include:

Elisa Kohlhase, Samoa

Elisa Kohlhase

LLM in Computer and Communications Law, Commonwealth scholar 2013

After graduating from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2001, I worked as a solicitor at O’Malley & Black, a general rural practice in South Otago.

In 2004, I returned home to Samoa to take up a position as Assistant Legal Counsel at SamoaTel Limited, the state-owned telecommunications monopoly. At the time, I had no knowledge of telecommunications law or the industry and so I spent the next few years learning as much as I could from managers and engineers to customer service and technicians. Competition was introduced into the sector in 2006; something which was both new and exciting. In 2009, I left SamoaTel to join the team at the Office of the Regulator, the regulator for telecommunications, broadcasting, postal and more recently electricity; where I am currently employed.

Postgraduate study was never a priority primarily because I am a mother of three and financial constraints did not allow for the same. However, as a small island nation with an emerging telecommunications market, Samoa has a real need to develop capacity in this area. Telecommunications law and regulation is an ever expanding field and you find that there is always something new to learn about. This of course means smaller, less developed nations like those in the South Pacific are always playing ‘catch-up’.

Last year, my husband encouraged me to apply for one of the Commonwealth Scholarship Awards when it was advertised and I was fortunate enough to be granted one of the scholarships offered. I chose to come to Queen Mary because of the modules offered. I wanted to do something that would be relevant and applicable when I returned to Samoa. The three modules I chose to take – Telecommunications, Cyberspace and Media Law – provide a well-rounded program which will provide me with necessary skills to assist in the further development of the ICT sector (particularly in the area of policy and associated laws) in my home country.

Olugbemi Oduntan, Nigeria

Olugbemi Oduntan

LLM in Computer and Communications Law - CCLS/UNILAG Scholarship Winner 2013

After graduating from the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School, and consequent call to the Nigerian Bar, I have had about two years of intensive transactional and litigation practice experience before deciding to seek an advanced degree. My decision to pursue an LLM was influenced by a desire to build necessary capacity in our ever-evolving world. To aid the choice of institution, premium was placed on the quality of teaching and the practical experience available.

It soon became clear that Queen Mary University of London was the institution that ticked all the boxes – and more. With its rising global profile, perfect combination of seasoned professors with magnificent facilities and strategic location in London – a city at the heart of international commercial and legal activities – the University provides countless academic and social opportunities hard to come by, harder within a span of one year. The CCLS scholarship award provided the final impetus that hastened my decision.

For me, the experience at Queen Mary has been splendid! The academic and administrative support available is outstanding. Opportunities for social and professional development are enormous. I currently serve as a Student Representative on the Student-Staff Liaison Committee of the LLM Programme; I am actively involved in the Media Group of the Postgraduate Law Society and I was recently appointed a Student Adviser in the award-winning Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre where students provide free legal and regulatory advisory services to early-stage, start-up companies, primarily in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.

These engagements align with my choice of specialisation and future ambition. In fact, my chosen modules are focused on electronic commerce, communications and technology laws which are of particular relevance to Nigeria as an emerging economy and because of the dearth of local knowledge base in those areas.

I am therefore confident that this LLM serves to enhance my capabilities with a world-class education and equip me with skills needed to succeed in my chosen career path.

Temitope Lawal, Nigeria

Temitope Lawal

LLM in Computer and Communications Law 2012-13

Winner of the University of Lagos/CCLS Scholarship

Upon graduating from the University of Lagos in 2010, I immediately proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and subsequently got called to the Bar in 2012. Prior to coming to Queen Mary, I did my one-year compulsory national service in a city corporate / commercial law firm.

My choice of Computer and Communications Law was borne out of my sheer desire to learn more about legal issues pertaining to the effective regulation of the telecommunications and media sectors from a global perspective. Having this in mind, I ventured out in search of a university that offered an LLM programme in this area. I found Queen Mary, University of London to be one of the few schools that had it. This, coupled with recommendations from one of my professors (an alumnus of Queen Mary) sealed up my choice of Queen Mary. Furthermore, the ranking of the School of Law as one of the best in the UK by different rating bodies and its recent admission into the Russell Group contributed immensely to my opting for Queen Mary, University of London.

Studying at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) has been an invaluable experience. Apart from having the privilege of been taught by some of the world’s most renowned lecturers in the area of telecommunications, media and e-commerce law, I also had the rare opportunity of getting to meet people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and nationalities.

I hope to do an internship in an international organization immediately after my programme in order to put into practice the knowledge and skills I have been able to garner from studying at this world class educational institution known as Queen Mary, University of London.

Melanie Hadeli, Indonesia

Melanie Hadeli

LLM in Computer and Communications Law 2011-12

Before coming to Queen Mary, I was working as a lawyer for the past six years, focusing on Information, Communication and Technologies practice areas. I chose to study in the UK as it has an advanced law system and a good education system. Completing LLM study in the UK will enhance my professional profile in respect of my future career. 

I selected Queen Mary, because whilst most LLM programmes in UK provide specialisms in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary offers the specialisation in Computer and Communications law which was exactly the programme I wanted to pursue. I also found the specific modules of Telecommunications Law and Computer Law offered in this programme are distinguished and very specialised as compared to other universities in UK which offer a similar specialisation. In addition, Queen Mary is a prominent university and has been consistently ranked as a top university in the UK. When it comes to IT law, I believe QMUL is the best place to study it in the UK.

I enjoy all the practical issues covered in the modules. The experiences of the lecturers as practitioners in the related field addressing the issues makes it more interesting as it reflects the practical approach which cannot be obtained from text books. The practitioner guest lecturers are undoubtedly a good source in giving practical insight to the issue, not only from a law perspective but also from commercial viewpoint.

With regards to the transition from undergraduate and postgraduate studies, given the considerably wide gap between UK and Indonesia regarding education and legal systems, I may say the transition is not that easy to make, but still manageable. In my opinion, work experience in the related field before undergoing postgraduate study, to some extent, is helpful for this transition.

Jessica Lavery, Ireland and Canada

Jessica Lavery

LLM in Computer and Communications Law, 2009-2010

“I attended secondary school in Canada, and completed my undergraduate legal education (BCL) in Ireland in 2009. I decided to study my LLM at Queen Mary because of the wide range of specialisations and courses offered. The modules I have taken (Computer Law, Communications Law and Privacy Law) have been excellent; the lecturers are experts in their fields, and are very approachable and helpful. The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), where all of my lectures took place, is centrally located, so it's easy to reach whether you're staying in student halls or private accommodation elsewhere in London. London itself is a great place to study, and an exciting place to live. I would definitely recommend Queen Mary to anyone considering postgraduate study in law, particularly in the IT field. I would say that my LLM definitely helped with finding my current role, since the modules I took were Privacy and Information Law, Telecoms Law and Computer Law. I'm working full time as a Corporate Privacy Analyst with Research In Motion (BlackBerry) based in Slough.”

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