LLM in LegalTech

Learn how Artificial Intelligence and law combine in this innovative and topical new Master’s course!

Course Overview

New for 2018, the LLM in LegalTech is an innovative and topical master’s programme, which explores how technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain impact on legal services.

Organisations from both the legal and the tech worlds will be involved in the delivery of the programme, which will offer opportunities to work with artificial intelligence systems; to develop LegalTech apps and solutions; to become comfortable working with Big Data, and to understand the legal and regulatory challenges associated with technology.

Key Features

  • Be one of the UK’s first LLM in LegalTech graduates!
  • Gain the knowledge and experience to develop into a 21st century lawyer/legal service practitioner able to deploy different technologies to aid legal practice and to drive innovation across the profession.
  • Discover how Artificial Intelligence is applied to the Law (e.g. introduction to theory, techniques, and tools) and how the Law is applied to AI (e.g. legal, regulatory and ethical impacts of automation and information access).
  • Learn AI concepts and work with AI tools to develop your own LegalTech solutions, gain experience working with “Big” and Small Data, and apply your knowledge in hands-on practical exercises.

Description

Artificial intelligence and related computing technologies are shaping the legal profession at an unprecedented rate. While lawyers must continue to defend the rule of law and to promote access to justice, they must also acquire the skills to embrace new technologies, innovate, and apply "LegalTech" in practice.

What is LegalTech?

Technology is transforming the nature of legal service delivery - from Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, to online dispute resolution and digital platforms to improve Access to Justice.

Traditional areas of LegalTech such as case management, financial systems and legal research are being streamlined by innovative digital platforms and applications. These will make practices more efficient, more competitive and more relevant in a digital world, making sure that the Law is accessible to everyone.

 

What are the benefits of this LLM?

You will acquire a range of skills and experiences that will complement your legal knowledge and equip you to drive innovation in legal practice. You will gain insights into how computational thinking can be related to legal processes and will understand how to deploy different technologies to aid legal practice.

 

What will I study?

You will take required and optional modules over two general topic areas - how AI is applied to the Law (e.g. introduction to theory, techniques, and tools) and how the Law is applied to AI (e.g. legal, regulatory and ethical impacts of automation and information access). You will learn AI concepts and work with AI tools to develop your own LegalTech solutions, gain experience working with “Big” and Small Data, and apply your knowledge in hands-on practical exercises.

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about legal technology, we want to hear from you!

The course is aimed at law graduates and practitioners working at all levels of the legal profession. Students on this programme are not expected to have prior experience of coding or working with technology.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world. Ideally you’ll hold a 2:1 degree in law, although we will consider candidates with a 2:2 based on their overall and individual module performance. Candidates with relevant experience are also strongly encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

How To Apply

Apply online where you will be able to track your application at each stage of the process and print off your decision letter.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £6,800 £14,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

Topics likely to be covered

  • Artificial Intelligence and Law (Computer Science applied to Law)
  • Automating Legal Services
  • Computational thinking and programming for lawyers
  • Quantitative analysis and working with Big Data
  • Blockchain/distributed ledger technology
  • The Law and Artificial Intelligence (Law applied to Computer Science)
  • Rights and accountability in the Digital Economy
  • Legal services in a digital world
  • LegalTech entrepreneurship
  • Digital IP
  • Dissertation or project

Scholarships and bursaries

A scholarship or bursary may be available to help finance your studies, along with postgraduate, professional and career development loans. Postgraduate funding is also available from numerous organisations, including research councils, government departments, industry and charities.

Competition for funding is often intense and we recommend that you start looking as early as possible!

Extra-curricular Activities

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities to enhance their understanding of LegalTech. These include:

Careers and Employability

There are a broad range of traditional and specialist legal career opportunities available.

  • Lawyers
  • Legal engineers
  • Legal project managers
  • Legal data scientists
  • Legal risk managers
  • Legal technologists

Meet our student, Tom

As part of my LLM In Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting, I completed a drafting project on Legal Artificial Intelligence Technology (LAIT) and the Law. I felt this was an important and topical subject in the context of current practice and is a current development theme within Swansea University's School of Law.

I could not have achieved the distinction I gained without the support and guidance of the Law School. This included suggestions of areas of focus, reading and useful comments on my drafting project from Michael Draper and other helpful insights and opportunities to gain legal tech experience).

While studying at Swansea University I was also a member of the Law School Team that worked with International Law Firm Mishcon De Reya LLP in the 24-hour Online Courts Hackathon event in London, competing to come up with solutions to some of the challenges involved in the development of online courts and digital justice.

 

Tom English, Swansea University graduate 

Contact details

Dr Adam Wyner, Programme Director

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295308

Email: A.Z.Wyner@swansea.ac.uk