digital transformation


angles of study: IP, privacy, internet contracts and AI


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Online LL.M. Digital Law and Technology

Basic training

Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences

Law diploma open to post-graduate students, exclusively taught in English, online, full-time or part-time study possible.

The LL.M. Digital Law and Technology is designed to give students a deep understanding of the legal issues and challenges brought by the digital transformation of our economy and the regulation of the innovations it implies. They will study key topics such as privacy, intellectual property protection, contract law applied to the digital economy and the ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence.

Entirely taught online (save for an integration week-end in Lyon if conditions allow) and in English, this diploma can be studied full time as part of students’ legal education or ‘à la carte’ for professionals wishing to develop their expertise.

Overall presentation
Online LL.M. Digital Law and Technology


Digital technology has permeated all aspects of our economy and created legal challenges and opportunities along the way. Traditional legal topics such as intellectual property and contract law have had to adapt to these new types of products and these new relationships with new actors. Technological innovations also call for regulation, seeking to protect our fundamental values while not stifling progress and the economic benefits of such innovations.

The LLM Digital law and technology proposes a program that will provide the knowledge required by lawyers to participate in the digital economy. This is a growing area of practice, and the skills required are sought after both in private practice and in the industry.

The LLM will explore the impact of the digital transformation of our economy from four angles: intellectual property, contract law, privacy and regulation of artificial intelligence.

Students will gain a deep understanding of the core issues pertaining to these topics through a combination of recorded lectures, group discussions on a moderated online forum, personal reading and group exercises coupled with an assessment regime tailored to online learning.

Graduates will develop useful skills in legal research, reasoning, legal drafting and contract negotiation. These skills are highly sought after by employers.



Students will study four topics per semester over the course of 10 months and will be required to write a dissertation on a topic of their choosing (approved by their tutor).

The program will be taught remotely, save for an integration week-end on site in Lyon, France, if travel conditions at this time are allowed. The program is mostly taught asynchronously, allowing students to pursue a professional activity in parallel.

Students will be granted access to our dedicated online platform to follow the course as well as an online library to pursue their research. Assessments will also take place remotely.

The program is taught over a 10-month period for full time students. It is however possible to study part time either over a two-year period or by differing the completion of the dissertation to the following academic year.

This LLM program is open to all students that already have an undergraduate law degree or other degree with a dominant legal content or an equivalent international qualification.

Exceptionally, we may consider applicants where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies and where work or experience has made them a suitable candidate for the LLM.
International students are very much welcome on the course.

The Admission Committee will review your credentials and relevant professional experience on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements:

  • International students should have the appropriate level of English proficiency.
  • Students should have a minimum IELTS Score of 6.5, a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90 or CAE score of 58. The Admission Committee may consider any experience establishing the command of the English Language.

You do not need to speak French to come to UCLy! There are no particular requirements regarding French language. Classes are taught entirely in English.


Your application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. A formal decision will be sent to you by the Faculty or Department.

The Application deadline : 15th July 2021 – It is recommended to apply as soon as possible.

To apply for the course, you may download the application form:

Application Form

Documents for application

In order to complete the application process, please return the application form and the following documents:

  • A cover letter in English,
  • A Curriculum-Vitae in English,
  • A copy of your diplomas and transcripts (and an English translation if necessary),
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of the English language certificate where applicable (if you are not a native speaker),
  • One letter of reference in English (academic or professional reference as the case may be), and any other document you might find relevant.

You may send the form and all supporting documents to the following address. Please use a free download link if your documents are too big for one email.


Tuition fee

Home/European Economic Area Students: 6000 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students: 6000 EUR

This Online LL.M. Digital Law and Technology will offer several different advantages:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge and expertise in fields of law that are highly sought after both in private practice and in the industry
  • Gain competences highly in demand in a sector of the legal market that is growing
  • Study in your own time and compatible with other professional commitments
  • Possibility to study part time
  • Continue your studies and make firm plans for the next year, irrespective of the evolution of the pandemic and travel restrictions
  • Course developed for online learning from the design stage to its delivery

The program is designed for students who have a strong interest in digital and information technology and who are aiming to work in that sector for either companies, law-firms or public institutions.

Students aiming to qualify as lawyers and to work as in-house lawyers would benefit from this program. This LL.M. is designed to meet the need of companies which provide and/or use digital services or products in all sectors of the economy.

Pascale VOGEL

LL.M. program director

Law School, Lyon Catholic University
10, place des Archives 69288 Lyon Cedex 2


Gain in expertise and knowledge on digital law

Develop competences highly in demand in the technology sector

Full time or a la carte diploma

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LL.M. courses

Semester 1

  • Introduction to intellectual property law
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  • Data protection – GDPR
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  • E-commerce : applicable law, consumer protection, platforms responsibility
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  • Ethics and artificial intelligence
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Semester 2

  • Intellectual property law applied to the digital world
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  • Private life and the digitalisation of the economy
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  • Contract law applied to digital contracts: cloud, Saas, opensource licensing, maintenance
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  • Regulation of artificial intelligence: legal framework, protection, responsibility and insuring risk
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Dissertation of 15000 words to be completed by the end of the second semester. It is also possible to extend the diploma by a semester and complete the dissertation over a third semester

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