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.
Multi-Sided Platforms: Business, Economics & Competition Policy (29 October 2014)
Multi-sided platforms are businesses that act as intermediaries between several interdependent groups of customers. They are central many industries including payment systems, financial exchanges, advertising-supported media, much of online, and various kinds of marketplaces including shopping malls. Some of the largest IPOs in recent years have involved multisided platforms such as Facebook and, soon, Alibaba. They are also often at the center of debates concerning competition policy and sectoral regulation. Google and Uber are two that are making headlines in the European Union. This course will cover the unique business models followed by multi-sided businesses; the economics of multi-sided platforms and the industries they anchor; the applications of competition policy to multi-sided platforms; a survey of key competition policy and regulator matters involving these platforms; and tools and techniques for competition policy analysis. Tutors: Professor David Evans (UCL Visiting Professor), Will Page (Chief Economist, Spotify), and Alain Falys (Founder & CEO, Yoyo)
Drafting Clearer Contracts (3 November 2014)
In the transactional world, contract drafting is an essential skill. But traditional contract drafting consists of copying, on faith, precedent contracts of uncertain quality and relevance. It follows that traditional contract language is full of archaisms, redundancies, chaotic verb structures, and misconceptions as to the utility of commonplace usages. And because contract drafting has consisted of copying, drafters have traditionally done without formal training or rigorous guidelines.
An antidote to that dysfunction is Ken Adams’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar. This will be Adams’s first public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in the UK.
This one-day course is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion. The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say.
It is suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Adams has to say comes as news to even senior contracts professionals—don’t expect him to recycle the conventional wisdom! It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short drafting exercises.
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.