UCL Laws Events & CPD
Free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events
UCL Laws is committed to helping the London legal community gain its annual CPD requirements and many of our free public events are accredited with CPD hours, such as the Current Legal Problems lecture series. These events cover a very wide range of subjects and are listed on our forthcoming events webpage. Sign-in sheets for the events are available in the lecture theatre. Our events are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and, in some instances, by other accrediting bodies such as the IPReg (Patent / Trade Mark Attorneys).
Develop your expertise - single Masters' Level Courses
We recognise that many legal professionals need to update their knowledge or further their careers by developing a particular skill but without the time to commit to a full Masters programme. To meet this need we have expanded our Continuing Legal Education short course programme – offering busy professionals an alternative to full-time study.
At UCL Law Faculty you can enrol on ONE of the specialised Masters courses, offering two hours of tuition each week for either 20 week or 10 weeks courses between October and March. Continuing Legal Education students do not take the examination at the end of the academic year and a UCL Laws Certificate of Attendance is issued at the end of their study period. You will not gain academic credits by studying as a Continuing Education Student. A number of courses are run in the late afternoon or early evening and are, therefore, more accessible for practitioners.
Please note that our LLM can be studied part time over 2 years or flexibly in up to 5 years. The dissertation is undertaken in a later year, with some informal preparation for it beginning in the preceding year. Each module must be completed within 12 months. See more information about the flexible LLM from the Programmes section of this website
Notarial Practice Course (for entry September 2014)
The UCL Notarial Practice Course is designed to enable legally qualified applicants to fulfil the professional training stage to become a Notary.
This two-year distance learning course has entry to the first year of the programme open on an annual basis. Applicants to the course should already be in receipt of their Certificate of Exemption from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
IP Transactions: Law and Practice Course (February 2014) - this course will run again in April 2015
The UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Laws' 5-day IP Transactions Course has been designed to focus on the legal and practice issues that are directly relevant to transactional IP practitioners.
Drafting, negotiating, interpreting and advising on intellectual property (IP) agreements requires a special set of legal skills. In addition to understanding relevant provisions of IP law, practitioners need to be familiar with a wide range of commercial law subjects, including personal property, contracts, competition, insolvency, tax, employment, and various areas of regulation, such as data protection and export controls. To advise effectively on IP transactions, it is also necessary to be aware of commercial practice in the relevant industry sector.The mix of legal and practice issues that transactional IP lawyers face can be very different from those experienced by IP litigators or general company/commercial lawyers. Understandably, traditional IP law courses focus on a wide range of IP issues such as subsistence, validity, infringement and enforcement, and spend relatively little time on transactional aspects. Commercial law courses may use examples from the field of IP transactions, but tend not to focus exclusively on this area. This course has been shortlisted for the Excellence Awards Learning & Development category of the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2013.
Innovation, Competition Law and IP Rights (June 2014)
The course will explore the interaction between competition law and intellectual property rights. In the modern knowledge economy undertakings develop a number of strategies to expand their IP rights portfolio and achieve competitive advantages by employing their IP rights in order to exclude competitors or raise their costs, and charge higher prices to consumers. Competition law and IP law disputes are interconnected, as recent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector and the recent patent wars in the IT sector illustrate. The course will analyse the value of competition law in addressing a variety of practices in innovation-intensive markets, including interconnection in networks, duties to deal, the licensing and distribution of IP rights (standard setting organisations, patent pools), tying, patent assertions by non-practising entities, pay-for-delay (“reverse”) settlements, and the nature of FRAND obligations for standards essential patents (SEPs), as well as injunctive remedies and computation of FRAND royalties, drawing from examples in EU and US law. The course will also consider the uses and limitations of competition law and policy as a vehicle for promoting innovation and will examine realistic reforms that can be undertaken in IP law and competition law in order to achieve this objective.The course will aim to examine the interaction between competition law and IP law in various sectors of the economy and the practical implications of that interaction for a number of commercial practices.