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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 LLM legaltech courses in the UK, bringing together the specialisms of law and computing. The skills and knowledge you gain on this Master's in legal technology 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.
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 in this year include:
- Applied Legaltech – 30 credits
- Commercial and Consumer Law – 30 credits
- Introduction to Information Technology (core if you don't have an IT qualification) – 30 credits
- Personal Tutorial – 0 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Community Legal Research Project – 30 credits
- Corporate Law and Governance – 30 credits
- Employment Law – 30 credits
- International Commercial and Investment Arbitration – 30 credits
- International Intellectual Property Law – 30 credits
- International and European Human Rights Law – 30 credits
- Legal Dissertation Postgraduate – 60 credits
- Professional Practitioner Project Unit – 60 credits
- Theory of Alternative Dispute Resolution – 30 credits
- Work Based Project Unit – 30 credits
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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.
How you'll spend your time
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.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
If you do the course full time, you'll work on your dissertation over the summer and submit it in September.
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.
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.
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
Course costs and funding
These fees are based on courses starting in 2023. We'll confirm 2024 fees here in autumn 2023.
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £12,000
- Part-time: £4,000 a year (subject to annual increase)
- Full time: £12,000 (including Transition Scholarship)
- Part time: £4,000 a year (including Transition Scholarship – subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £17,900
- Part-time: £5,970 a year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government postgraduate loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.