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    Intellectual Property at UCD Sutherland School of Law
    University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law (Dublin) is the leading centre for legal education and research in Ireland, combining engaging undergraduate and graduate level courses, internationally-recognised research, and world-class educational facilities.

    The School is consistently ranked in one of the Top 100 Universities in the World for Law and counts amongst its alumni some of the holders of the highest legal and political offices in Ireland including Chief Justice, Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions, Taoiseach and Tánaiste. Outside of Ireland, the School’s alumni have also reached the pinnacle of the legal profession in the UK, US and Europe. In addition to a large number of influential legal practitioners and academics spread across the world, our graduates also include the current Advocate General in Europe and a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

    In the area of intellectual property, academics in the school are some of the leading authorities in their field. The Sutherland School of Law offers two highly regarded graduate programmes in the area of intellectual property. They are:

    • LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology
    • Professional Diploma in Data Protection Governance and Law

    In addition to these dedicated programmes, students of the Professional Certificate in Law and the Masters in Common Law (conversion degree) may also chose to study modules that include Data Protection modules, Patent Law, Trade Mark Law, amongst others.

    LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology
    This masters programme is offered over one year full-time or two years part-time with start dates in both September and January. It is directed at well-qualified graduates in law and associated disciplines and offers a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between these two topics, which have increasing global significance in the future development of law. Faculty members in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area from internet filtering, data protection to the protection of confidential information.

    Example Modules:

    • Data Protection and Privacy
    • Data Protection and Governance
    • Online Regulation
    • Patent Law
    • Trade Mark Law

    A full list of modules, fee information and Entry Requirements are available on the Sutherland School of Law website.

    Professional Diploma in Data Protection and Governance
    This part-time Diploma is designed to supply training for Data Protection Officers and others involved in the compliance role in organisations. It is also of relevance to any legal practitioners involved in this area.

    The Diploma is designed to meet the training needs that have developed since the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in 2018. GDPR has meant that significant new data protection obligations have been imposed on organisations. As a result, a wide range of organisations must now appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) with an appropriate level of expertise in data protection law and practice. Organisations not required to appoint DPOs are still obliged to carry out a range of new tasks such as Data Protection Impact Assessments and will benefit from training their staff in this area.

    Students of this programme enhance their competence by adding relevant knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to Data Protection and Governance. The programme uses teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small group teaching, academic writing and summative examination assessments. The lectures take place one evening per week for the duration of the programme.

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