Ulster UniverLegal Innovation Centre and legal and tech industry leaders reward top performing graduates

Firms are increasingly seeking lawyers and legal professionals with computing skills, or technologists with corporate legal skills.  Uniquely designed as 50% computer science and 50% corporate, financial and tech law, with the Schools of Law and Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems collaborating under one umbrella, this degree allows for the development of a truly multidisciplinary graduate with the skills that are attractive to employers and that stand out from other job applicants.

Leaders from Citi, Allen & Overy, Factor Law and Herbert Smith Freehills attended an awards ceremony to present prizes to graduates who achieved top marks in this new degree course which is based at the state-of-the-art, enhanced Belfast Campus.

Generous supporters of the programme, global investment bank Citi shared insights on the ‘ideal graduate’, providing two 11-month fully paid placements for students, a prize fund of £7,000 for Best Overall Performing Student, and guest lecturers from thought leaders such as Citi’s eminent expert on Smart Contracts based out of San Francisco.  Head of Belfast Legal, Lauren Belle McCoy, who attended the ceremony to award the Citi Prize, alongside Citi’s two placement graduates.

Naomi Buchanan, Senior Associate at Allen & Overy awarded the coveted Allen & Overy Law Tech Prize with the opportunity to spend a week in their leading edge i2 (Innovation) lab in London; Allen & Overy also offered an 11-month paid placement.

Sabrina Brennan from Factor Law awarded the Computing Prize, whilst Laura Leatham from HSF awarded the Corporate Law Prize.

Through this unique course the students have the unique opportunity for exposure to practitioners at leading international legal and technology firms who teach on the course, award competitive prizes and offer work placements. A large number of multi-national corporate partners contribute to the degree including Citi, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills, A&L Goodbody, Factor Law, Linklaters, iManage RAVN, Thomson Reuters, HNH, Davidson McDonnell, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PWC and Diaceutics PLC, and many sit on the Advisory Board of the Legal Innovation Centre,

A notable achievement is that every graduate from the ‘20/21 Corporate Law, Computing & Innovation programme successfully secured exciting placement opportunities with industry, with some receiving up to 4 job offers.

Stephen Bartlett, EMEA Regional General Counsel & Global Co-Head Markets and Securities Services Legal, Citi, said:

The delivery of legal services is evolving quickly, and depends increasingly on the overlapping disciplines of data science. Ulster University’s new ‘Corporate Law, Computing and Innovation’ course is an exciting opportunity to acquire the practical knowledge and skills that are much in demand, as legal practices of all types equip themselves with the resources they need to support markets, commerce and society in the new data-centric era.

Jane Hollway, Course Director of the MSc/LLM Corporate Law, Computing & Innovation Programme, stated:

At the Legal Innovation Centre, we strive to provide our students with innovative opportunities and a supportive environment for their studies, helping them to achieve their full potential. These prizes are both a positive motivator and a reward for success, and this fantastic financial encouragement will contribute to building the strong talent pipeline and community that the legal tech sector needs to flourish in Northern Ireland.

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