The LL.B. at a glance

Degree Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Programme Duration 8 semesters (incl. two semesters studies at a partner university abroad)
Costs Determined by administration and tuition fees (currently € 379,25 / semester)
Target Audience First-year students, law students without the first state examination
Application Deadline Applicants from Germany and the EU: 15th of July, Non-EU-applicants: 31st of May (respectively for the upcoming winter semester)

Short profile

The LL.B. in IT and IP Law takes four years and awards the successful student with the academic degree of “Bachelor of Laws” (LL.B.).
It is a specialized degree programme in which the participants study information technology and intellectual property law in addition to the usual legal education.
Students spend their third year of studies abroad at one of the partner universities in order to acquire additional subject-specific qualifications as well as essential soft skills like language skills and intercultural experience.

The LL.B in IT and IP Law was established in the winter semester 2011/2012 by the Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI) in close cooperation with the faculty of law of the Leibniz University of Hannover.

This course is open to all prospective students who are interested in current developments, are keen to become acquainted with new topics, want to develop innovative solutions for not yet clarified issues and would like to gain the first experience abroad.

Above all, the students deal with an analysis and evaluation of complex issues from a legal perspective. Various themes, each featuring its own peculiarity, may be taken into consideration; as for example evaluations in the context of patent law might imply the recognition of biochemical and physical processes, or medical issues have to be analyzed from the perspective of data protection law. Technical processes are to be examined in order to identify legal consequences and existing legal basic capabilities to be applied on technologies as the Internet are to be evaluated. Contributions on the Internet or other media may be assessed by taking into consideration copyright law and political matters as Internet regulation in general or e-government could be monitored.

Specific technical skills are not required – nonetheless, interest in information and communication technologies is advantageous.

The major fields of studies are:
• E-Commerce Law
• Telecommunication Law
• Media Law
• Data Protection Law
• Copyright Law and Patent Law
• Cyber Crime
• European and International Public Law aspects of IT Law
• Fundamentals in Information Technologies

In order to be able to perform such a legal consideration, students will receive a basic legal education as well as a particular qualification with regards to the specific content in the IT / IP law.

More about the issues and course content can be found at conception and objectives.