The Master in Law and Technology is part of the NOVA School of Laws strategy to be at the forefront of legal education, to prepare for the Economy 4.0, for digital transformation, and to be international, responsible and sustainable.

The course is designed to prepare lawyers for the most advanced areas of technology (artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain), with a wide range of subjects, from data protection and management, intellectual property, digital contracts and cybersecurity to the challenges of governance and regulation, fintech, and programming for lawyers. The course content also relates to business and entrepreneurship, including Startup Lifecycle, as well as corporate management and tax frameworks.

 

GOALS
– To prepare lawyers for the Digital Economy, with knowledge of technological reality, ethical and legal frameworks, and the social and economic impacts of innovation;

– To prepare lawyers to support technology companies in the various aspects of their activity;

– To advise on the regulation of innovative ideas and to develop cutting-edge business structures in the technological areas.

 

TARGET APPLICANT
Graduates in Law or in related fields, and professionals who wish to deepen their legal knowledge of technological matters. Innovative and entrepreneurial students are welcome.

 

TIMETABLE
This course is taught during working hours.

 

CERTIFICATION

Study Cycle

Degree A3ES Decision Number of Years Publication of the A3ES Decision DGES Registration Number Publication in Diário da República
Law Master accredited 5 30-10-2014

R/A-Ef 3196/2011/AL02

Curricular Plan

Mandatory OB
Optional OP

In addition to the mandatory courses, students must complete 32 ECTS in the elective courses listed, and 20 ECTS in any courses taught at NOVA School of Law or selected from the electives.

1st Year - Taught Component

ECTS
Methodology of Legal Research 8
O
B
Intellectual Property Law 6
Law & Technology 6
Programming 6
Startup Life Cycle 6
Emerging Technologies: Governance and Regulation 4
Data Protection and Management Law 6
Digital Contracts 6
Competition Law 6
International Commercial Law 6
International Tax Law 6
Fintech 4
Life Sciences Law 4
Cybersecurity 6
Legal English 6
O
P

2nd year - Research Component

ECTS
Thesis, internship in national or international institution or project work 60
O
B
Opportunity to benefit from the THEMIS NETWORK international experience. Three core elements: a semester abroad, an international internship and the THEMIS seminar.

Coordinators

Jorge Morais Carvalho

Jorge Morais Carvalho
Miguel Moura

Miguel Moura

LENGTH 4 SEMESTERS

120 ECTS

 

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

 

ENTRIES
100 places for the master in law

 

Candidates will be assigned to the various areas of specialization (Public Law, International and European Law, Law and Technology, Social and Innovation Law).

Applications from students who prove they will be able to complete their bachelors degree

(licenciatura) by September 2020 will be accepted.

 

APPLICATIONS

DEADLINES

– Submission of applications …………………………………………. from 16 March to 30 April;

– Placement results ………………………………………..…………………………….……………………….. 22 April;

– Submission of complaints over results ………………………………… from 22 to 30 April;

– Enrolment ……………………………………………..……………………………………………. from 5 to 12 June;

 

REQUIREMENTS
Holders of a bachelor
s degree (licenciatura) or legal equivalent.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA
Applicants will be selected according to the following parameters:

– Final grade of the degree which the applicant is applying with (50%);

– Relevance and suitability of previous background to the masters degree course with regard to the pluridisciplinary nature of the course (50%); the jury assigns each applicant a grade of 0 to 20, based on analysis of the letter of motivation – and curriculum vitae. If necessary, the members of the jury may decide to conduct an interview with all or some of the applicants.

– Applicants with a rating lower than 9.5 will automatically be excluded.

 

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS (ONLINE):

– Completion of the application form (online);

– Payment of the application fee using the ATM or Paypal reference provided through the submission procedure (51.00€);

– Online submission of the following documents: motivation letter, curriculum vitae (European model), copy of the course(s) certificate(s); copy of the tax number identification card; copy of the Identification Card;

– Applicants conditioned upon the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree must submit an interim academic transcript showing the subjects already completed with their final grades, and the degree, the institution, expected average and the conclusion date. In addition, a statement from the institution of higher education where they are attending the degree should be submitted, proving their academic situation;

– Applicants with foreign qualifications must send an academic transcript or a declaration with the final average of the degree;

– Applicants who do not report the final grade average, expected or completed,will be graded with a minimum score of 10 on the 0-20 scale.

 Applications omitting the documents requested or where the application fee has not been paid will be rejected.

 

Applications available from 1st to 30th of June through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.

FEES*

– Application fee ……………………………………………………….………………………………….…………………………….….. 51.00€

– Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year) …………………………………. 35.00€

– Institution insurance (each year) ……………………………………………………………………………………….….. 3.00€

– Annual fee for the taught component ……………………………………………..……..…….………….. 4,200.00€
(annual amount paid in 8 instalments (1 x 1,260.00€ + 7 x 420.00€)

– Research component, one semester ……………………………………………………………………….… 2,000.00€

– Extension of the research component (90 days) …………………………………………………..…… 600.00€

 

*Tuition fees are subject to approval of the General Council of NOVA University, Lisbon.

*Consult the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

The application fee is to be paid by ATM or Paypal. The reference will be given online upon submission of the application form.

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. The payment in instalments is allowed for the students’mere convenience.

In the case of withdrawal from the course, the amounts already paid are not refundable. The remaining tuition fee payments due for the academic year to which the application relates must also be paid.

 

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

– Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 17 points (on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.

– Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 16 points (on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.

– Three merit scholarships will be granted in the non-curricular semester (in either the masters or specialization area): one corresponding to the total of the tuition fee, which will be awarded to the best grade in the taught component, and the other two merit scholarships will be granted to the second and third best classifications, which will receive a reduction of 50% of the tuition fee. To assess the best classifications in the taught component, only the classifications obtained in the FDUNL will be taken into account. This scholarship assumes the conclusion of the taught component is within the stipulated time limit.

 

ALUMNI DISCOUNT:
Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, master
s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at FDUNL benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee, in addition to the financial discount. 

 

FINANCIAL DISCOUNT:

– Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid;

– Students who choose to pay tuition fees in two annual payments receive a 2.5% discount on the amount to be paid.

 

CURRENT PROTOCOL DISCOUNTS:
Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

– Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union

– Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.

 

* Discount on the annual fee is only provided if the degree is completed within the stipulated time limit.

* Discounts are applied on the final payment of the tuition fee.

 

TUITION FEES, EMOLUMENTS/CHARGES AND TAXES
National and International Students

 

Annual fee for the curricular phase : 4,200.00 €

Instalments

Amount €

Payment deadline

1.st payment

1,260.00€

Upon registration/enrolment

2.nd payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 September 2020

3.rd payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 October 2020

4.th payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 January 2021

5.th payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 February 2021

6.th payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 March 2021

7.th payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 April 2021

8.th payment

420.00 €

From 1 to 10 May 2021

Tuition fees are annual and are due in full upon enrolment in the course.

  

Annual fee for the research component: 2,000.00 €                            

Instalments

Amount €

Payment deadline

1.st payment

500.00 €

Upon registration/enrolment

2.nd payment

500.00 €

From 1 to 10 January 2021

3.rd payment

500.00 €

From 1 to 10 March 2021

4.th payment

500.00 €

From 1 to 10 May 2021

 

Tuition fee for the extension of the research component: 600.00 €


Request for extension of the dissertation, internship report or work project delivery deadline, (90 days).

Instalments

Amount €

Payment deadline

Single payment

600.00 €

Before the delivery of the dissertation, internship report or work project

 

Students who have already been admitted onto the Masters Degree continue to pay the amounts announced at the time of their application. If the students do not conclude the course in due time, the amounts published in this current notice will be applied.

 

If the student does not deliver the dissertation within the  time limit, they can register for another year, paying the corresponding amount of 2,000.00€.

 

Emoluments/Charges and Taxes
The charges presented in the table below are currently applicable. The publication of the national table of fees and charges of academic acts and services of public university education and polytechnic higher education is still awaited, so they may change at any time.

Designation

Amount €

Payment Deadline

Administrative costs per enrolment/registration

35.00 €

Upon registration/enrolment

School Insurance

3.00 €

Upon registration/enrolment

Registration Certificate

6.00 €

At time of the request

Conclusion Certificate

50.00 €

At time of the request

Improvement grade exam

15.00 €

At time of the request

 

Payments must be made by ATM or Paypal using the references available at Netpa (student area). Failure to pay tuition fees within the indicated periods may incur an increased charge in the amount to be paid or the suspension of registration and enrolment, as well as the nullity of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.

Testimonials

Gabriela Santos

Gabriela Santos

Student in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

“As a recent undergraduate and a young lawyer seeking continuing education in a prestigious institution and international career opportunities in the technology industry, I find the Master in Law and Technology offered by NOVA School of Law to be one of the best options for those interested in the legal and regulatory issues arising from emerging and disruptive technologies. The classes, seminars, and discussions will reinforce your interest in the interaction between law and technology and provide you with excellent professional training and academic qualification to make a difference in the Economy 4.0.”

Martim Farinha

Martim Farinha

Student in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

“I always had a very big interest in innovation and disruptive technologies and the legal challenges that they pose. Because of this, I decided to follow my studies in this area, but there was a vacuum in this field in Portugal. Fortunately, this need was met with the creation of this Master’s. On its first run, the program was a risk, but one that paid off! Any young lawyer with interests in these topics will find a wide variety of courses that can provide them with the critical skills and knowledge demanded for a multidisciplinary approach to the legal challenges of tomorrow!”

Sandra Senra Barbosa

Sandra Senra Barbosa

Student in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

“This is the obvious choice for those who, like me, have ambitions in the area of Disruptive and Innovation Law. It’s a program of excellence that bridges the gap between academia and the market, and involves professionals who deal closely with the real challenges imposed by technology on the citizen. It focuses on the most typical and emergent dilemas faced globally. Combining a challenging curriculum with an enriching human experience, NOVA puts itself (and us) at the forefront of the future of law.”