LL.M. Intellectual Property Rights & ICT Law

University of Leuven

Application deadline: non-EEA: 1 March 2013 / EEA: 1 June 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 619 / Year (EEA)
  • € 619 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 10 months
Languages:
  • English
  • Dutch
  • French
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Part-time variant: Evening

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Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Rights (in Dutch: Master-na-Master in de Intellectuele Rechten)
Education Level: Advanced master programme
Language of instruction: English / Dutch and French

The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) of the HUB, in cooperation with the KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information technology (ICRI), is organising an Advanced Master of Intellectual Property Rights and ICT. Promoters are Professor Frank Gotzen and Professor Jos Dumortier.

All classes will be given at the HUB, located at Stormstraat 2, 1000 Brussel.

Three languages, evening courses, two options
This programme has been recognized by the Order of Flemish Bar for 32 legal points. If you specialise in the general programme Intellectual Property Rights, a majority of the courses are in Dutch and French. If you decide to specialise in ICT (new from the academic year 2012-2013), you can follow courses in English. The program consists of 5 mandatory subjects (for which you have a choice of three between IP or ICT); elective subjects (from a total of 10 elective courses) and a masters thesis. Both options are evening programmes.

Contents

As a Master of Intellectual Property Law:
* you will have a thorough understanding of the subfields of intellectual property law and/or ICT law;
* you will understand the connections between these subfields;
* you will be able to analyze and address complex problem statements;
* you will be able to research the subject independently;
* you will be able to adopt critical and innovative arguments, both written and orally, in Dutch, French or English, with regard to issues raised by new legal-technological developments.

Your Study Programme, also with the ICT option
If you specialise in the general programme Intellectual Property Rights, a majority of the courses are in Dutch and French. If you decide to specialise in ICT (new from the academic year 2012-2013), you can follow courses in English. However, a combination of both (IP and ICT) is also possible. The program consists of 5 mandatory subjects (for which you have a choice of three between IP or ICT), 5 elective subjects (from a total of 10 elective courses) and a masters thesis. Both options are evening programmes.

Requirements

Students with a masters degree awarded by an institute in the Flemish Community
* Master in Law or Master in a field of study with a legal introduction of minimum 60 hours: direct admission.
* Master in a different field of study: admission on the condition that a special training course Introduction to law is attended.

Students with a masters degree awarded by an institute in the French Community
* Master in Law or Master in a field of study with a legal introduction of minimum 60 hours: direct admission.
* Master in a different field of study: admission on the condition that a special training course Introduction to law is attended.

· A language test and motivation letter are not mandatory for this category of students

Students with an international masters degree
* Need to have obtained a degree that is considered to be equivalent to one of the above mentioned degrees.
* If the masters degree is awarded outside of the European Union: admission on the condition that a special training course Introduction to law is attended.
* If the masters degree is awarded within the European Union: admission on the condition that a special training course Introduction to law is attended unless students obtained a masters degree in law or a masters degree in a discipline that includes an introduction in law of at least 60 hours.

Students that were awarded a masters degree by an institute outside of the Flemish Community should first apply for admission with the Student Administrative Services Centre of HUB according to the application procedure below.

International Degree or Degree awarded by the French Community in Belgium
If you obtained a degree that is awarded by an institute of the French Community in Belgium or an international degree, please send the following documents to HUB:

* a signed application form (see application tool)
* proof of payment of the 63 application fee1If your diplomas were awarded by an institute in Belgium or the Netherlands, you are exempted from this application fee.
* a certified copy2 and translation into English (if not available in Dutch, French or German) of your diploma of secondary education
* a certified copy2 and translation into English (if not available in Dutch, French or German) of any diploma and transcript of academic records (listing courses, credits, marks)
a copy of your national identity card (for Belgian students) or a copy of your international passport including if you already have it - a copy of a valid visa and/or valid residence permit (for non-Belgian students)
* evidence of proficiency in the English language (not for students awarded by the French Community in Belgium) * IELTS 6.5
* TOEFL iBT 79, CBT 213, PBT 550
* CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade A, B or C
* CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) grade A, B or C
* TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455 + Speaking 200 + Writing 200
* SAT Reasoning test Critical Reading 500 + Writing 500
* ACT English 20 + Reading 20



If you obtained a diploma of Secondary and/or Higher Education which is awarded by an institute of the Flemish Community or the Netherlands, or if you obtained a diploma from an English-taught programme of Secondary and/or Higher Education from a country of the 'Inner Circle'3, you will be exempted from the English language test admission requirement.

HUB institutional code (to be mentioned on the exam paper) TOEFL: 7039, SAT: 5749 or ACT:5393.IELTS, TOEFL, CAE and CPE test reports are valid for two years. We can only accept original test reports (no copies). If you do not have the original test report anymore, please ask IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or CPE to forward one to HUB. Register for tests as soon as possible because some test centres have limited test availability. Students who have not taken the IELTS or TOEFL yet but are planning to are recommended to take IELTS academic or TOEFL iBT.

* a motivation letter, including study objectives
* 2 recent passport-size photographs
* APS certificate (for Chinese students)

1 An application fee of 63 should be transferred to HUB's bank account (see details below) before submitting your application file. Without payment of this fee your application will not be dealt with. This application fee is non-refundable. However, it will be deducted from your tuition fee once you officially register at HUB.
Bank: DEXIA, Pachecolaan 44, B-1000 Brussels - IBAN: BE20 7785 9999 3656 - BIC (or SWIFT-code): GKCCBEBB - Reference: Application fee - your name - academic year

2 A certified copy is a copy of a filed document that is sworn to be a true copy by the awarding body, embassy or Belgian commune. Copies certified by a notary will not be accepted.

3 'Inner Cirlce' (Kachru 1985): United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (but not Quebec), Ireland, The Caribbean and South Africa.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

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