University of Aberdeen: Intellectual Property Law with Professional Skills LLM
|Institution||University of Aberdeen View institution profile|
|Department||School of Law|
This innovative degree blends advanced-level teaching and research in intellectual property with practical and professional skills training to provide you with a valuable basis for a successful career in intellectual property law.
Intellectual Property Law at Aberdeen provides a challenging and stimulating degree that engages you with a future in innovation, brands and cultural heritage.
This constantly evolving field explores the key issues of control and reward in innovation and society. It is concerned with areas such as literature and trademarks, brands, health and media and new information technologies such as 3D printing.
The programme offers an opportunity for students from the UK and overseas to explore a range of fascinating, multi-faceted legal and societal questions. Intellectual property law is a valuable asset to businesses and you will gain a deep understanding of its benefits and challenges within corporate and economic frameworks.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the power and challenges of intellectual property, including its limits in terms of innovation, creativity and development. In addition, the Law School also has other existing LLM courses that fit well within the programme, such as: World Trade Organisation: GATT, European Economic Law and International Commercial Arbitration.
This programme was designed with the assistance of intellectual property law experts as well as our internal staff at the University. With this combined input, you will gain unique insights into the subject and will advance your understanding of the factors that influence it. The programme has been carefully coordinated to align with the competencies required for today’s international job market.
The University of Aberdeen is known for attracting world-class teaching staff with international experience in their specialist subjects meaning you will have access to first rate teaching from globally respected thought leaders.
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|Level||SCQF Level 11|
Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.
By course work, by written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. Within the Professional Skills course assessment is by an individual presentation, a group presentation, and an individual written and a group written project, with written projects to be submitted in July and August of each academic year. This degree will be of transnational interest, providing students with a strong base to further grow and diversify their career opportunities and offerings.
The professional skills element of the degree, will be held in May and June , and most of the teaching will be delivered in two separate weeks on a 9-5 basis. Students will be offered choices within the professional skills element of the degree, to be made by January of each academic year, of a legal practice pathway (exploring litigation, due diligence, contract drafting); a commercial pathway (exploring IP management pathways, securing and raising funds on the basis of IP, reporting to regulators or launching an exhibition); and an activist and policy making pathway (exploring campaigns to challenge the power of IP, eg access to medicines and arguments for enhanced IP say in RTA and TRIPS Plus agreements). There will be some intersections across these pathways enabling opportunities for peer learning, and also joint training in teamwork and communication skills.
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