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Emerging Technologies and the Law, LLM

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Emerging Technologies and the Law, LLM - at Newcastle University

The LLM in Emerging Technologies will equip you with the substantive knowledge and skills essential for tackling the legal questions of tomorrow.

This LLM focuses on the interactions between economics, politics and society in regulating complex new technological problems.

It combines the study of existing rules and regulations with case studies and human experiences of the impacts of innovation.

It raises questions such as:

  • Is your meme copyright protected?
  • Where, how, and why should Meta be taxed?
  • Will AI decision-making change legal processes?
  • What happens when Twitter and the European Commission discuss social media content?
  • Can science fiction teach us about regulation?

This Law programme is open to graduates from any discipline. We welcome students with an interest in the regulation of complex real-world problems that are the result of technological innovations. This course is for you if you not only care what the law is, but what it could be.

Our subject experts will provide you with extensive knowledge. You will gain critical and transferrable skills required by employers in both the public and private sector.

This LLM is also suitable for applicants with an interest in further study. You will develop the skills necessary for the development of a PhD proposal on law and technology-related subjects.

What you'll learn

The Emerging Technologies and the Law LLM is highly topical and innovative. It combines expert knowledge of regulation with contemporary case studies in the fields of Law covered.

We strongly encourage student co-creation in several of the modules. You will take part in the selection of case studies in discussion with module leads.

Subjects covered as part of the LLM include:

  • Law and Emerging Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence: Law, Theory and Practice
  • Social Media Regulation: Law, Policy and Society
  • Digital Taxation
  • Digital Markets and Competition Law

You will also be able to choose from a range of diverse modules in the Law School. These include the Challenges in International Trade Law, Commercial Law and International Human Rights. You will gain a broader international, commercial or rights-based understanding of your chosen field of study.

Delivery and teaching methods

Teaching will primarily be through small group seminars and workshops. These are led by expert academic staff but driven by students.

Your preparation, questions and insights will form the core of your learning experience with us.

Sessions may be based around simulations of regulatory activity, such as stakeholder processes, legislative deliberations or mock parliamentary or judicial hearings.

We complement our in-person seminars with a variety of other teaching methods, such as:

  • introductory lectures (where necessary)
  • Q&A sessions with staff
  • quizzes and other online self-study tools

Course-specific facilities

The Law School has an extensive library situated within the School. You will also have access to an extensive range of online sources via Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.

We can offer you:

  • dedicated study spaces for LLM students
  • a student common room

Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or experience in relevant professional practice. 

International Students

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

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