LLM Law, Technology and Innovation

USW’s ground-breaking new LLM Law, Technology and Innovation degree is part of our comprehensive range of postgraduate LLM programmes that focuses on how technology has an impact on law and society.

LLM Law, Technology and Innovation will enable you to apply for exciting career opportunities for tomorrow’s job market in the legal, finance and technology industries.

The course, which is conducted by leading academics, centres around seminars and lectures in which you critically evaluate legal issues such artificial intelligence and developments of law and policy arising from technology and associated emerging issues.

The course is aimed at both law and non-law graduates.

Students from both the UK and further afield will be able to draw on prior academic and professional experience from different jurisdictions.

There are two intakes to the LLM programmes, one in September and one in February, and you can study with us full or part time.

Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

Specified modules 

  • Advanced Legal Skills and Methods  
  • Artificial Intelligence Law  
  • Dissertation  
  • Information Technology Law  
  • International Intellectual Law  

The optional modules listed are those most likely to be available, however they may be subject to change. 

Option modules 

  • Climate Change and the Law  
  • Law & Order 
  • Cybercrime  
  • Law of Obligations  
  • Research Methodologies for Law  

The following modules are also options because they run on our other LLM programmes but are not specific to Law, Technology, and Innovation: 

  • Transnational Criminal Law 
  • Criminal Evidence and Forensics 
  • International Business and Competition Law 
  • Commercial & Consumer Law 
  • Corporate Law and Governance 

Teaching

The taught element of the course requires full-time students to attend the university two days per week, and part-time students one day per week.

Teaching utilises a blended learning approach consisting of lectures and workshops. During the workshops, students will be expected to engage in discussions based on pre-reading suggested by the lecturers.

Outside these formal sessions, all LLM students are expected to carry out preparatory work and research.

Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area.

We have a programme of high-profile guest speakers who will give you an insight into the practice of law and help you understand the many career paths available when you graduate.

You could get involved with the active Student Law Society, which hosts events ranging from professional networking and visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court, to mooting classes and social activities.

Assessment

There are no examinations on this degree; all taught modules are assessed by course work. During the dissertation stage you will complete an 18,000-word dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor. 

Facilities

The University of South Wales has impressive study facilities for law.  The award-winning Legal Advice Clinic sits in the main law building.  We also have a courtroom with digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. You can take part in a range of activities, including moots and mock trials in our Moot Courtroom. We run simulations in our Hydra suite to provide real world experiences in a supportive environment.

Lecturers

Support

Induction

You will receive a full induction to the LLM in your first week which will enable you to adjust to university life, get to know the teaching team, meet your lecturers and peers, plan your studies, and understand how the University works.

Staff support

The course leader is available in regular weekly office hours.  Each member of the course teaching team will have at least one scheduled office hour per teaching week. These office hours will be drop-in sessions, which students will not need to book. 

Peer support

Students are encouraged to take an active part in peer support programmes.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any discipline or a relevant professional qualification such as the Institute of Legal Executives and others that include some element of law.

For applicants who do not possess formal qualifications, relevant professional experience may be considered via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (university regulations will apply).

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions. If you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path, we recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.

 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9500

  • Full-time International:  £14950 

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Apply directly to the university for this master’s course.

This course will open doors to a wide range of opportunities from a legal technologist within legal firms to working within IT companies or the Intellectual Property Office. 

How does this course prepare me for employment?

Volunteering

You can volunteer at our Legal Advice Clinic. Under supervision, you can provide free legal advice to members of the public and small businesses. This will give you an opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice and provide vital work experience.

Students are provided with many opportunities to volunteer in projects including virtual volunteering opportunities with a Regional Employment Judge, ELIPS (Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Scheme), Shelter Cymru Volunteer Pathways Programme, Age Cymru Independent Volunteer Advocates and Cardiff Lawyers Care Homelessness Clinic.

What kind of student would this suit?

Our Law, Technology and Innovation course would be a good choice if you are interested in how law and technology is evolving and the challenges facing the legal sector and other industries.  You will discuss current innovations with leading experts.  You will be a motivated, independent learner with a desire to gain analytical skills.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.