Master of Laws (LL.M.) - Specializations

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Choose your LL.M. Specialization

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that the legal sector needs T-shaped lawyers: professionals with highly specialized expertise paired with a broad skill set. The Master of Laws (LL.M.) was designed with this in mind, so that it could provide today’s legal professionals with the kind of education they need to take the industry by storm.

The program is built on a base of the essential elements of Business Law. Students can either 1) gain a General LL.M., empowering them to design their own degree as they select a range of sessions from International Business Law, International Dispute Resolution, and Intellectual Property and Technology, or 2) choose to specialize in one of these three areas, defining their specific path to professional success.

Read on to discover which specialization best meets your professional goals.

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Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Globalization and business internationalization—coupled with the economic impact of rapid technological change—calls for lawyers with transversal skill sets. Complex, multijurisdictional transactions are the standard for large multinationals, and commercial lawyers must acquire a theoretical, commercial and practical understanding of these cross-border transactions to manage client’s needs and expectations.

This master in International Law is a practice-oriented program that responds to these changes, educating the next generation of border-breaking commercial lawyers. It offers rigorous academic and professional training in corporate law, finance, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, tax, international trade, antitrust, and other vital modules for today’s commercial lawyers. Real-life examples and case studies will give students practical, technologically focused experience into deals of this kind, paving the way for their future careers.

  • KEY BENEFITS

    Key benefits of an International Law master degree

    • Acquire a comprehensive overview of inner workings of the international corporate world.
    • Learn to structure, manage and complete highly complex, multi-stakeholder corporate transactions.
    • Get to grips mandatory topics in comparative corporate law, capital markets and cross-border M&A.
    • Combine legal know-how with business administration, accounting and technology.
    • Discover the business and legal expertise needed to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.
  • What you’ll study

    What you’ll study

    Combining a world-class legal education with a 360º overview of the corporate world, our master in International Law teaches students to design, structure, manage and complete cross-border corporate transactions. These transactions can take a variety of forms, so students can customize their options throughout the program, and align their studies with their professional goals.

    They will get the opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice with two immersive, hands-on projects. In addition, students will gain a holistic understanding of legal project management, effective conflict resolution, global business, and drafting, as well as the soft skills needed to thrive in a multicultural workplace.

  • EXPERIENCES

    Experiences

    This Master of Business Law features two inmmersive projects: “In-house Legal Operations,” in conjunction with Banco Santander, and “Making a Deal”.

    The In-house Legal Management” project with Banco Santander involves taking a strategic, business-minded approach to develop key cross-functional managerial skills essential for in-house lawyers. After a number of theory sessions, students develop and present a case in groups, followed by an individual feedback session.

    The “Making a Deal” project is divided into two parts. First, students will join with one of IE Law School’s global partner institutions to help a legal department overcome a predefined challenge. In the second project, students work through an M&A transaction, as either the seller or buyer, carrying out the entire structuring and negotiation process from due diligence and drafting to negotiation and completion. What’s more, students will work under the supervision of three of our partners: Herbert Smith Freehills, EY and Baker McKenzie.

    Students also have the option to take part in various moot court competitions and offer pro-bono services in the IE Legal Clinic. The competitions open to them include the IE University’s Comparative Law in Action, Vienna Moot Court, Moot Court Madrid and the European Law Moot Court Competition.

LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution

Defending clients’ rights in a dispute is a lawyer’s quintessential role. However, today’s globalized world has multiplied the variety of forms, settings, jurisdictions and legal systems that attorneys need to navigate in order to make those rights prevail.

Presenting a case in front of a national court or arbitral tribunal remains a defining moment in a lawyer’s career. Today, however, achieving this requires being prepared to deal strategically with cross-border litigation, parallel proceedings or international insolvency situations. As a business lawyer, this will also mean seeking the protection afforded by international investment law, and undertaking structured business mediation when appropriate.

The International Dispute Resolution LL.M. prepares you to become an accomplished, versatile lawyer in the international business dispute resolution arena of the 21st century.

  • Key benefits
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    Key benefits of an international dispute resolution LL.M.

    • Acquire a 360o overview of business dispute resolution, including international commercial arbitration, cross-border litigation in the EU and beyond, investor-state dispute resolution and structured mediation.
    • A strong foundation in business law matched with business administration.
    • Benefit from a balance between solid legal understanding and practical exposure right from day one.
    • Learn from a world-class faculty composed of academics and practitioners from major international seats, including Madrid, Paris, London and Geneva.
    • Immerse yourself in Madrid—home to some of the most active sectors prone to disputes, including construction, energy, infrastructure, communications and finance.
  • What you’ll study
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    What you’ll study

    Central to this specialization are the mandatory courses in international commercial arbitration, international investment law and arbitration, transnational civil procedure and cross-border litigation. Students put their skills to test from day one, with workshops and moot competitions, allowing them to develop the core set of skills an effective dispute resolution practitioner needs.

    As the year evolves, students are free to dig deeper into courses of their choice. They may wish to deepen their knowledge of substantive legal issues such as contract law and damages. Alternatively, they may want to explore the intricacies of specific sectors including construction, energy and finance. On the other hand, they could take a regional stance by completing a Spanish-taught course on arbitration law and practice in Spain and Latin America.

  • Experiences
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    Experiences

    Students in this specialization have the option to take part in the moot court competitions. These include the Vienna Moot Court, Moot Court Madrid, and the European Law Moot Court Competition, where volunteers are challenged to present a variety of cases that mirror real legal scenarios. The Vienna Moot Court competition attracts over three hundred law schools and is considered one of the most prestigious moot competitions in the world. Likewise, students can take part in the European Law Moot Court Competition, where they are challenged to solve and present a hypothetical EU law case to a faux Court of Justice.

    In addition to the competitions, students in this specialization can choose to take part in the IE Legal Clinic, where they provide pro-bono services to put their new skills into practice.

LL.M. in Intellectual Property AND Technology Law

An onslaught of new tech, media and business ventures have opened up a flood of legal questions regarding intellectual property. The rapid rise of streaming entertainment, social media, artificial intelligence applications, and online commerce makes Intellectual Property & Technology Law a hotbed of developments for the lawyer of the 21st century.

Intangible assets including new creative works, big data depositories, and digital applications are central components of our communication infrastructure and digital society. Around the world, governments and organizations are investigating how to best regulate this ever-growing wealth of intangible goods; how the law is and how it should be applied to foster innovation and sustainable technological development. As e-commerce, art, finance and business startups flourish in the digital space, how does tech regulation —including competition law, data protection, cybersecurity— and intellectual property tools such as copyright, trademarks and patents uphold the rights of authors, creators, scientists and ordinary digital citizens?

With the Intellectual Property and Technology Law LL.M. you will develop practical skills in the various domains of Intellectual Property and Technology Law. You will delve into the legal, technical, and ethical challenges and opportunities associated to law, technology, and innovation and acquire leadership skills to thrive in a vibrant and transforming legal landscape.

  • Key benefits
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    Key Benefits of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law LL.M.

    • Benefit from IE Law School’s spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity
    • Learn from a world-class faculty composed by academics and practitioners with long standing expertise and world-wide recognition in IP and Technology Law
    • Benefit from a practice-orientation program with a strong focus on IP and Technology Law practice enforced by hands-on projects in tech companies and internships within law firms and IP institutions
    • Be part of our synergies with major tech partners, including Google and IBM, law firms, and international institutions – such as the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante and the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich.
    • Discover the vibrant business world of Madrid, one of the liveliest Legal Tech and Financial Tech hubs in the world
  • WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
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    WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

    Students will focus equally on the various domains of Intellectual Property and Technology Law, encompassing innovation law and policy and also trade secrets, competition, data protection and cybersecurity. With regard to IP, students will learn how to advise companies on the protection of their IP assets, the building of their IP portfolio, and the legal management and protection of data. They will also learn the secrets of successful patent filings and trademark registrations as well as IP litigation. As for Technology Law, students will explore key technological developments and how they intersect with law—from machine learning and automation, to cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

    The broad offering of mandatory and elective courses will provide students with a comprehensive insight into the legal, technical, and ethical challenges and opportunities associated with law, technology, and innovation. This will open the door to pursue professional careers in the fields of cybercrime and cybersecurity assessing and successfully managing risks and costs of effective protection. Mandatory topics include copyright, patent and trademark law, information privacy law, competition law, cybersecurity and computer crimes. The specialization offers a series of exciting electives, including entertainment and media, arts and sports law, to ensure that students design their own learning journey.

    Finally, alongside acquiring leadership skills to thrive in a vibrant and transforming legal landscape, the students of this program will benefit from an established network of partners, tech companies, law firms, and international organizations, and will be trained to immediately work within some of these partners.

  • EXPERIENCES
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    EXPERIENCES

    In this specialization, students can take advantage of IE University’s Traineeship agreement with EPO and EUIPO. As part of this, IP and Technology Law electees will have the opportunity to participate in the selection process of a 12-month traineeship program, with either EPO or EUIPO. This partnership forms part of their Pan-Europe Seal Program, qualifying IE Law School as an official academic partner of both organizations.

    Furthermore, students have the option to take part in the IE Legal Clinic, where they can provide pro-bono services to build their practical skill set.

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READ THEIR OPINIONS

"In the changing international business landscape, corporate lawyers need to have a transversal understanding of business, which includes the fundamentals of its administration, the impact of technology, and being familiar with international environments. Practitioners with such holistic perspectives are best positioned to offer their clients advice, either as an in-house in multinational companies or as legal counsel in cross-border M&A transactions."
"The business world is increasingly in need of versatile litigators who are ready to navigate the often-troubled waters of cross-border disputes. Between general advisors and niche specialists, clients will always rely on vocational, adaptable, sophisticated, and strategically-minded dispute resolution practitioners to ensure their rights are upheld."
"Technology is an ever-evolving force. It enhances human capacities, expands market capabilities and produces value and growth. The lawyer of the future needs to build a sophisticated, active, and forward-looking profile to successfully meet increasing needs of innovation and technology markets."
"The global vision I received at IE Law School inspired me to discover my true potential as an international business lawyer. I graduated as a citizen of an international community with a renewed sense of pride in the legal profession and a great sense of responsibility to apply the knowledge and skills I have acquired at IE to help shape the world."

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