Legal work and practice, as is the case across the professions, is increasingly focused on technological innovation. Employers are very interested in law graduates who are tech-savvy both in terms of awareness of legal matters in technology but in terms of how technology is coming to operate within the profession (such as for research and also for promotional purposes). The School of Law aims to address that gap, through an employer-partnered LLM programme in Law and Technology that introduces students to the interplay of and interfaces between technology and law.
This innovative and employment-focused programme draws on the School of Law’s substantial experience in technology, e-governance and innovation, in terms of law’s role in regulating technology and technology’s role in transforming governance and legal practice.
Law And Technology Highlights
We are dedicated to student employability and our strong industry links mean over 94% of Queen's postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. This employer-focused programme places employability skills at the core of the student experience (including problem-based learning and leadership modules), introducing students to the interplay of and interfaces between technology and law. Employers will be involved in assisting on project-based learning and in delivering guest lectures to students.
The prestigious home of the School of Law features world-class facilities to support an innovative culture of learning. Opened in summer 2016 it provides bookable group study rooms and a number of innovative teaching spaces central to which is the Moot Court Room interactive teaching space. Queen’s has some of the best campus facilities in the UK and Ireland. Investing £700m over a 20-year capital development programme, we are continuing to transform Queen’s historic campus into a beacon of learning and innovation.
Internationally Renowned Experts
The Law School at Queen’s is ranked in the Top 100 in the World (QS World Rankings 2020). The School also ranks Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). Law at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in the area of Law. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and civil society. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014). Over 95% of the Research Activity in the School was judged to be of international quality and above.
This programme will equip you with a thorough and crucial understanding of the key questions we face regarding regulation and governance technologies. You will possess a deep appreciation of matters in the regulation of technology, borne from both classroom and project-based experience. You will have developed a sophisticated sense of how technology interacts with law, but also a sense of how law and technology are operationalised in legal practice. At Queen's, you will be part of a thriving postgraduate culture built on teaching excellence, leading-edge research, innovation, collaboration and engagement. These components are woven together in our Graduate School, (ranked third worldwide). It is here you will develop new skills and increased personal effectiveness that will enable you to stand out in the crowded and increasingly competitive global job market. Life at Queen's is not just about the degree. We offer our students the opportunity to really enrich their studies. Whether you're into student societies, sports, music, dance, or just a coffee with your friends, Queen's has exceptional facilities to cater for all interests. Queen's was ranked 2nd worldwide for satisfaction with social facilities.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with the course are outlined below:
Learning and Teaching Opportunities
The Law School at Queen's is ranked as one of the top schools in the UK and Ireland. There are over 850 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 200 postgraduates, 50 PhD students and over 50 members of academic staff. You will be taught by scholars from all over the world, many of whom have international reputations in their fields and all are committed teachers and researchers. Students will also have access to an excellent law section in the new library and extensive IT facilities.
The School operates a proactive system of student support. Advisers of Studies are allocated to each degree programme tasked to guide and support you throughout your time with us, together with the School's experienced and helpful administrative staff. We place considerable emphasis on facilitating good communication between staff and students. To this end, a Staff-Student Consultative Committee, comprised of elected student representatives, the Director of Graduate Studies and other members of academic staff, meet at regular intervals throughout the academic year. This Committee provides students with a forum in which to raise matters of concern to them and also enables the School to keep students informed about matters affecting the School and wider university.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential. We do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enables our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, life-long learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the programme through, for example, interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in project-based work etc.
Provide information about topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s Law student when important private reading and research, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.