Law and Computer Sciences

Law and Computer Sciences (LL.M.)

Discover the fascinating connection between law and computer science at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg! Immerse yourself in an exciting degree program that will give you the expertise to master the challenges of the digital world and succeed in a future-oriented industry.

What is the degree program about?

The core objective of the Master’s degree program in Law and Computer Sciences (LLM) is to provide law students who will later be employed in traditional legal professions with a profound understanding of the technical foundations of digital society. Digitalization places new demands on lawyers as many areas of law increasingly require basic knowledge of computer science. In this one-year postgraduate course, students acquire additional competencies in the foundations of digitalization – skills which are in great demand on the labor market. Students have the opportunity to

  • acquire skills for dealing with important basic ideas, terms, and concepts of computer science,
  • develop an understanding for the technical problems digitalization technology faces and how solutions can be developed methodically, and,
  • at the same time, gain more advanced context-related legal knowledge.

In the field of computer science students study:

  • Foundations of computer science such as internal computer number representation, computer architecture and programming languages
  • Foundations of static (HTML) and dynamic web programming as well as for the efficient handling of large amounts of data
  • Function of operating systems, communication systems and computer networks
  • Concepts and methods from IT security, including the effectiveness of IT security mechanisms and structures of cybercrime.

In the field of information systems, students focus on:

  • Data management and analysis and their use in a business context (data science)
  • IT systems to support innovation, collaboration and leadership systems (e.g. simulation tools, virtual realities)
  • the analytical evaluation of business-relevant data using various methods, e.g. predictive analytics and (supervised) machine learning.

In the field of law, the following areas of particular relevance to digitalization are included in the program:

  • Software protection and software licenses: protection of software by intellectual property law (esp. copyright and patent law) and limitations to software protection, open source software, software licensing and distribution, liability for defective software
  • Data protection law/data law/information law: processing of personal data, protection of non-personal data (“ownership of data”), data business law (esp. access to data and data licensing)
  • IT law/Internet law: e-commerce, online marketing (e.g. personalized advertising, keyword advertising), Internet distribution law (antitrust law), platform liability and regulation.

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