New masters diploma combines company legislation with computing

Ulster College’s legislation firm-backed innovation centre has developed a brand new masters diploma which sees college students break up their time between the colleges of legislation and computing.

The Uni’s Belfast-based hub — which launched in 2017 due to funding from the likes of Allen & Overy and Baker McKenzie, each of which have a presence within the metropolis — hopes the programme will assist foster the following era of tech-minded legal professionals.

The Company Legislation and Computing LLM/MSc covers matters together with skilled software program growth, information science and enterprise intelligence, and maybe extra importantly, how these might be virtually utilized to day-to-day authorized observe. College students may also become familiar with numerous lawtech programmes and have a possibility to compete for paid placements at “main worldwide corporations”, based on the uni.

As for the legislation college aspect, college students will sort out areas akin to enterprise constructions, company legislation, company governance, disputes and dissolution. The course additionally handles the fundamentals of mental property (copyright, marks, patent and software program licensing) in addition to privateness, encryption and web legislation.

“The College of Legislation teaches half the modules whereas the College of Computing, Engineering, and Clever Techniques teaches the remainder, so our graduates will sit comfortably inside authorized groups, tech groups, or on the intersection of each,” Mark Potkewitz, director of the authorized innovation centre at Ulster College, instructed Authorized Cheek.

Potkewitz, who spoke earlier this 12 months at Legal Cheek‘s LegalEdCon North, continued:

“Whether or not any person needs to pursue a profession in legislation and authorized observe, skilled companies, or the tech trade, they are going to definitely end our course with a transdisciplinary combine of information and expertise that may set them up for a profession in a variety of industries.”

The brand new providing comes amid a wider push amongst Metropolis legislation corporations to enhance the tech-savviness of their junior legal professionals. Magic circle participant Linklaters teamed up with Swansea Uni earlier this 12 months to produce a series of tech modules for its trainees, whereas Clifford Chance launched a Tech Academy to assist its legal professionals sort out matters together with coding, synthetic intelligence and blockchain.