digital transformation


angles of study to choose amongst: IP, privacy, internet contracts, AI, cybercrime/cybersecurity and regulation of the Internet


students maximum per class

Online LL.M. Digital Law and Technology (University Diploma)

Full-time study


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 four key topics to be chosen among the following courses: privacy, intellectual property protection, contract law applied to the digital economy, ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity and the regulation of the Internet.

Entirely taught online 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.

Applications for this LLM are now open, please click here to apply. The application process will remain open until 15 June 2024.

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. Student will choose four angles of study among the following six subjects: intellectual property, contract law, law privacy, regulation of artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity and the regulation of the internet and its actors.

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. The program is mostly taught asynchronously, allowing students to pursue a professional activity in parallel.

Students will be granted access to our dedicated online teaching platform as well as an online library to pursue their research. Assessments will also take place remotely and asynchronously.

The program is taught over a 10-month period for full time students. Each semester, students will study four subjects. They will also start working on their dissertation from November onwards. It is however possible to study part time either over a two-year period and/or by differing the completion of the dissertation to the following academic year.

Students who choose the part time formular will need to indicate the subjects they wish to study (between one and three subjects per semester) at the time of appplication. The dissertation can only be started once the student has started studying all four modules.

Choose four modules among the six modules proposed. Please note however that you cannot mix and match the courses between the semesters and the modules. Accordingly, for example, if you choose module 1, you will study GDPR in the first semester and e-privacy in the second semester.

  • Module 1: GDPR (Semester 1) and E-privacy (Semester 2)
  • Module 2: Introduction to IP (Semester 1) and IP applied to Digital (Semester 2)
  • Module 3: Digital contracts 1 (Semester 1) and Digital contracts 2 (Semester 2)
  • Module 4: Ethics of AI (Semester 1) and the regulation of AI (Semester 2)
  • Module 5: Cybercrime (Semester 1) and Cybersecurity (Semester 2)
  • Module 6: Regulation of the Internet : content regulation (Semester 1) and Regulation of platforms (Semester 2)

Please note that the opening of the modules’ classes will be dependent upon a sufficient number of students registering for those classes. We reserve the right to withdraw those classes once the application process has completed.


Students may choose to follow the LLM part time. The LLM can be completed over a maximum of 36 months. In that period students will need to have followed and validated all four modules and the compulsory dissertation.

You can organize your studying as you see fit: you choose the number of modules you follow each year (between 1 and 3 modules). The dissertation module can only be followed in the last year of your study.

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.
  • If you have studied in English previously, we will be able to take this into account to assess your level in English.

You do not need to speak French to study on this diploma as all classes are taught in English! There are no particular requirements regarding French language.


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

The admission process will be exclusively online, through our platform.

Should you encounter any difficulty, please contact us at : llmdigital@univ-catholyon.fr

The application process will close on 15th June 2024, subject to availability of places remaining on the courses.

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.

Tuition fee

Home/European Economic Area Students: 6500 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students: 6500 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.

Please note that the LL.M. is a University Diploma and not a French Master’s Degree, as such it is not a qualifying diploma for the purpose of sitting the French Bar exam.

Pascale VOGEL

LL.M. program director

If you have any questions about our program, do not hesitate to fill in the form below.

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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

If you choose to study full-time you will study each semester four topics to be chosen  among the six courses proposed:

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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  • Cybersecurity
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  • Regulation of plateforms
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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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