Law and LegalTech LLM
LLM Law and LegalTech
Do you have a background in law or computing? Would you like to develop the skills and knowledge to use new technologies to offer innovative legaltech services or software?
On this LLM Law and LegalTech Master's degree, you'll take introductory modules on law or computing (depending on your background), giving you the knowledge you need to move into more advanced areas later in the course.
You'll explore how to use technology to make legal services more accessible to clients and how to make technology easier to use for legal professionals. You'll also be trained how to use ContractExpress from Thomson Reuters'; the industry standard in legal services software.
This is one of a handful of Master's courses in the UK that brings together the specialisms of law and computing to focus on legaltech. The skills and knowledge you gain on the course will boost your career prospects in sectors related to law and IT and allow you to take advantage of emergent technologies such as blockchains, electronic contracts and artificial intelligence (AI) to develop and deliver innovative law services and software.
LLM Law and LegalTech entry requirements
Qualifications and experience
A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English entry requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Law and LegalTech LLM course, you'll:
- Learn how to apply technology in the legal profession
- Explore how to use legaltech to offer legal services more quickly, accurately and cost effectively to clients
- Choose introductory modules that give you the law and computing knowledge you need to embark on advanced modules
- Learn how to adapt technology to access a wider audience in the legal profession
- Boost your existing qualifications, or build on your current professional experience, to further your career
- Learn how to construe a legal argument and make use of the law and legal provision
- Be taught by staff who have professional experience and active research experience, giving you access to the latest insights and research
- Study alongside students from related disciplines in shared modules, allowing you to share ideas and experiences
- Develop an understanding of contract law and electronic contracts and the impact of emerging technology such as blockchains
- Be able to choose the modules that address the gaps in your personal knowledge or match your career situation and aspirations
- Have the opportunity to take the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice if you're a law graduate
- Learn how to use ContractExpress from Thomson Reuters' to automate legal documents and predict case success rates
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in areas such as law, IT consultancy, the NHS, Government services and charities. You could also start up your own business.
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the legaltech industry.
Job roles you could go onto include:
- legal advisor
- claims handler
- IT consultant
- software developer
If you're a law graduate and take the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice, you'll also have a recognised professional qualification in addition to your degree, once you join CILEx as a paying member.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to build your CV.
What you'll study on this LLM Law and LegalTech Master's degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You'll need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 1 module worth 60 credits and 4 modules worth 120 credits.
Core modules on this Law and LegalTech LLM Master's are:
- Commercial and Consumer Law
- Applied LegalTech
- LLM Personal Tutorial
- Introduction to Information Technology (core if you don't have an IT qualification)
- Legal Approach (core if you don't have a law Bachelor's degree or equivalent)
Optional modules in this on this Law and LegalTech LLM Master's are:
- Commercial and Consumer Law
- Community Legal Research Project
- Corporate Law and Governance
- Employment Law
- Global Approaches to Medical Law and Ethics
- Global Corporate Responsibility
- Intellectual Property Law
- International and European Human Rights Law
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Legal Approach to Business
- Negotiation Theory and Practice
- Theory of Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Legal Dissertation Postgraduate
- Professional Practitioner Project Module (Law)
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching on this course includes:
- simulation sessions
- group discussion
Teaching staff on this course have a combination of professional legal and academic experience.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
How you'll spend your time
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Law and LegalTech Master's degree. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as workshops and seminars for about 8 hours a week (full-time) and 4 hours a week (part-time). The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as preparation for seminars and workshops, reading, and planning and writing assignments, alone or in a group with others from your course.
You may occasionally need to go to University and course events during the day, or at weekends.
Extra learning support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
Study support tutors
You'll have help from a team of Faculty of Business and Law study support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
The academic year runs from September to June (with some courses starting in October rather than September in 2020/21 only). There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
If you do the course full time, you'll work on your dissertation over the summer and submit it in September.
How you're assessed
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
You'll be assessed through:
- portfolio submissions
Tuition fees (2020 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £9,000
- Part-time: £3,000 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £15,100
- Part-time: £5,030 a year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 8 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.