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

Documents relating to the accreditation process

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 above, and 20 ECTS in any courses taught at NOVA School of Law or selected from the above elective.

1st year – Taught Component

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

* Taught in English & Portuguese. Students must choose the version they wish to attend

**OP= Restrictive Optional Courses (total of 32 ECTS)

In addition to these course units, students are free to choose from all course units offered at NOVA School of Law (20 ECTS in total).

Total ECTS Taught Component: 60 ECTS

ECTS
Thesis, internship at national or international institution or project work 60
O
B

Master’s Total:  120 ECTS.

Opportunity to benefit from the THEMIS NETWORK international experience. Three core elements: a semester abroad, an international internship and the THEMIS seminar.

Coordinators

Miguel de Azevedo Moura
Assistant Professor
Miguel de Azevedo Moura
Fabrizio Esposito
Assistant Professor
Fabrizio Esposito

LENGTH 4 SEMESTERS

120 ECTS

 

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

 

ENTRIES

120 places

 

These places are available within the areas of specialization of International and European Law, Law and Technology, Social and Innovation Law.

Applications from students who prove they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree(licenciatura) by September will be accepted.

 

APPLICATIONS

1st Phase: 

Submission of applications: from 1 to 26 February

Announcement of application results: 30 March

Submission of appeal against results:  from 30 March to 05 April

Enrolment: from 06 to 12 April

 

2nd Phase*:

Submission of applications: from 19 April to 14 May

Announcement of application results: 31 May

Submission of appeal against results:  from 30 May to 04 June

Enrolment: from 07 to 11 June

*1st phase remaining places, if any

 

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

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

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

– Relevance and suitability of previous background to the master’s 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.

During the application, candidates must submit a request for accreditation of academic qualifications and professional experience obtained before entering the study cycle. For this purpose, the applicant must complete the appropriate form and attach all relevant documentation. When the request for accreditation occurs at the time of the application, the accreditation is not a sufficient condition to be accepted into the study cycle and only can be granted after the admission into the study cycle, in the same study cycle only.

All documents must be presented in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, and endorsed by the competent authority of the State where the document originates.

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

 

Applications available through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.

FEES*

– Application fee: 51.00€

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

– School insurance (each year): 3.00€

– Annual fee of the taught component: 4,200.00€

– Non-curricular phase, one year: 2,000.00€

– Extension of the non-curricular phase (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.

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.

Only in situations where the applicant does not complete the degree which he/she is applying with (in these cases, the applicant must submit a declaration from the institution of higher education by September 2021), the amounts paid for the tuition fee will be reimbursed (application fee, school insurance and administrative costs are not reimbursed).

 

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

 

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, which cannot be combined with other discounts;

– 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, which cannot be combined with other discounts;

– Three merit scholarships will be granted in the non-curricular semester (in either the master’s or specialization area): one corresponding to the total of the tuition fee, which will be awarded to the best grade in the curricular phase, 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 curricular phase, only the classifications obtained in the NOVA School of Law will be taken into account. This scholarship assumes the conclusion of the curricular phase is within the stipulated time limit.

 

ALUMNI DISCOUNT:

Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at NOVA School of Law 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 receive a 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  taught component: 4,200.00€

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
1.st payment 1 000,00 € From 6 to 12 April 2021
2.nd payment 355,56 € From 1 to 10 July 2021
3.rd payment 355,56 € From 1 to 10 September 2021
4.th payment 355,56 € From 1 to 10 October 2021
5.th payment 355,56 € From 1 to 10 November 2021
6.th payment 355,56 € From 1 to 10 January 2022
7.th payment 355,55 € From 1 to 10 February 2022
8.th payment 355,55 € From 1 to 10 March 2022
9.th payment 355,55 € From 1 to 10 April 2022
10.th payment 355,55 € From 1 to 10 May 2022

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

Students may also choose to pay the annual tuition fee in 4 installments, in which case they should select this option during registration.

 

Annual fee for the research component: 2,000.00€                            

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
1.st payment 500.00 € From 1 to 10 September 2021
2.nd payment 500.00 € From 1 to 10 October 2021
3.rd payment 500.00 € From 1 to 10 November 2021
4.th payment 500.00 € From 1 to 10 January 2022

 

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

 

 

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, and consequently 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 in the Restricted Area. Failure to make tuition fee payments 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 annulment 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.”

Given its innovative, vanguardist  and versatile features, the Master in Law – Specialization in Law and Technology opens up to students a vast array of job opportunities in the most diverse areas that intertwine Law and Technology, notably dedicated practices of law firms, supervisory authorities or other governmental agencies (particularly, in the technology, financial and energy sector) – from start-ups to established large economic groups