„In order for law to keep pace with economic and social changes, it needs the creativity of motivated and dynamic legal advisors – the LL.M. program is designed to support and encourage this creativity from an entrepreneurial and practice-oriented perspective.“ Dr. Lukas Staffler, PhD, Academic Director
The digitalization of the economy is advancing rapidly and on a comprehensive scale. At the same time, this also increases the need for legal expertise. This raises the question, how can traditional companies implement online trading in a legally secure manner? What strategic considerations do startups need to take into account when it comes to employment contracts or company formations? With the practice-oriented LL.M. program, legal professionals acquire key competencies in digitization and law to support companies and organizations in their diverse challenges of the digital age.
Legal activities, whether in companies, law firms, government agencies or advocacy groups, are undergoing a radical digital transformation. Big data, cloud computing, internet of things, blockchain, and artificial intelligence are just some of those buzzwords with which representatives of the legal and business advisory professions as well as in-house counsel are increasingly confronted.
The practice of digital transformation of existing companies and the founding of startups are putting the law to test, as are new business models in the digital economy. Traditional legal studies can usually only partially reflect this rapid development and are primarily oriented towards national law. However, the reality shows that companies are networking across national borders and opening up new markets through digital innovations. Digital entrepreneurship in particular confronts legal practice with new kinds of questions. To meet this acute demand, MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® offers business-related and practice-oriented continuing education that prepares decision-makers as well as consultants in the legal field in the best possible way for the legal challenges posed by the digitalization of international business activities.
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The postgraduate Master degree program Digital Business & Tech Law LL.M. is geared towards the requirements of the digital economy and the legal challenges that go hand in hand, and therefore draws consequences for the education and training of executives and junior staff alike.
The innovative degree program was developed at MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®. Based on technical and entrepreneurial know-how, practice-relevant questions and topics concerning the digital economy are discussed from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the needs of companies and organizations in order to impart and expand competencies concerning the law of the digital economy.
Topics covered are (selection):
The program is concluded with an academically supervised Master thesis that deals with legal issues and problems in the digital economy. This way, accumulated knowledge can be transferred directly into the student's own professional life.
The didactic concept of the program takes into account the needs of part-time continuing education. In order to increase planning flexibility, courses are held only on Fridays and/or Saturdays. The extensive reduction of attendance dates (one attendance phase per semester) and the implementation of innovative concepts of online teaching allow studying parallel to one's own professional career. The intelligent mix of compact attendance phases at the MCI, which provide opportunities for professional and personal networking, and synchronous or asynchronous online phases makes it possible to organize studies largely independently of time and location.
New TechnologiesBusiness Models of the Digitalized EconomyInnovation ManagementDigital Transformation and Corporate StrategiesEconomy & Society in the Digital Age
Digitization strategies of the EUData ProtectionDigital fundamental rightsEuropean competitionCriminal Compliance & Digital Security
Sharing Economy & BusinessE-commerceKnow-How ProtectionNew WorkDigitization in the social sectorDigitization and Taxes
Innovation & Digital Transformation - 5 ECTSDigital Leadership & Marketing - 5 ECTSTaxes for Startups - 5 ECTSFinTech DACH - 5 ECTSTwo elective modules á 5 ECTS must be selected.
Mag. Susanne E. Herzog
MCI Head of Executive Education & Development, Innsbruck / Tyrol
Dr. Lukas Staffler, PhD
Research Fellow at the University of Zurich, Member (Prof. Avv.) of the RAK Bolzano
Prof. Dr. Andreas Altmann
MCI Rector, Innsbruck / Tyrol
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Schroeder, LL.M.
Head of Institute for European and International Law, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck / Tyrol
Dr. Anna JobinSenior Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society Berlin / Germany, President of the Federal Media Commission, Biel/Bienne / Switzerland
RA FH-Prof. Dr. Ralf Geymayer
MCI Head of Department & Studies Management & Law and International Business & Law, Innsbruck / Tyrol
RA Dr. Katharina Körber-Risak
Company Owner KÖRBER-RISAK Rechtsanwalts GmbH, Vienna / Austria, Trend-Anwaltsranking 2020: KÖRBER-RISAK among the top in the field of employment law
RA Univ.-Prof. FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Pegger
MCI Head of the Academic Council / Law firm Greiter-Pegger-Kofler & Partner, Innsbruck / Tyrol
Prof. Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach
Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Data and Data Ethics at XU Exponential University for Applied Science Potsdam, supervisory board member in numerous companies, Bonn / Germany
FH-Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski
MCI Head of Department & Studies Management, Communication & IT and Digital Business & Software Engineering, Innsbruck / Tyrol
Dr. Natalie Harsdorf LL.M.
Acting Managing Director / Head of Legal Service at Federal Austrian Competition Authority, Vienna / Austria
An intelligent mix of online phases, attendance modules and electronic media links location-independent studies with personal interaction between lecturers and students. The didactic concept thus differs fundamentally from typical distance-learning while meeting the highest standards.
Work - Life - Learn
Through the personal and individualized learning environment at the MCI E-Campus, students receive daily updated messages, e-mails and all the information they need in order to concentrate on their studies. Tests and exercises to check personal learning progress as well as learning forums and moderated chats facilitate studying online.
Technical requirements for admission to the MCI E-Campus
Upon completion of the executive Master program, graduates earn the internationally recognized title of Masters of Laws LL.M.
Beyond their studies, graduates benefit from a strong network of recognized lecturers from academia, business and society.
The accreditation by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) testifies to the high quality and reputation standards of the program as well as the degree earned with it.
In order to ensure the transfer of learning and to enable students to develop relevant competencies, the MCI has defined cross-curricular learning goals. These goals and objectives describe, in detail, the knowledge and skills acquired by our graduates on completion of their studies at MCI.
Our graduates are effective communicators in their field of work.
Our students can discuss problems, ideas and solutions with specialists and non-specialists.
Our graduates are competent in applying scientific methods to solve practical problems.
Our students can apply relevant theories and appropriate scientific methods in their field of work.
Our students can act according to ethical principles when doing scientific work.
Our graduates understand complex legal issues and are effective decision makers in their field of work.
Our students are able to systematically analyze the legal aspects of digitalization-related problems and decide on the most effective approach to achieve strategic business objectives.
Our students have the competence to interpret law (legal texts) in a systematic and consistent way.
In its organizational form as an online master study program, the MCI pursues a blended learning concept that combines synchronous and asynchronous online phases with regular attendance phases.
Thank you for engaging in global citizenship and teaching your students to think and act globally!
Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations
The MCI impresses with its internationality and entrepreneurial dynamic!
Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission, Former Prime Minister of Italy
Congratulations to your focus on diversity, your entrepreneurial spirit and your goal to make MCI the best place to work, to learn and grow in a diverse and open world.
Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director Communications EMEA, Lenovo, Paris
Unbelievable, what has been created in Innsbruck! An Entrepreneurial University at its best!
Andreas König, former CEO TeamViewer, Start-up Investor, Göppingen / Germany
MCI, the ideal partner for family businesses!
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, Louis Dreyfus Group, Amsterdam
At MCI science meets business.
Jean-Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission, Brussels
Getting started can be difficult, but the challenges make it all worthwhile. Keep it going!
Dominik Schiener, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, IOTA Foundation, Berlin
Fantastic, what has been accomplished here.
Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, President, Foundation for Family Businesses, Stuttgart
I am impressed. Keep up the good work with your blithe obsession!
Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO, Infineon Technologies, Villach
An idea is worth more than a business. All the best for the next steps!
Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder & President, GEOX, Montebelluna / Italy
"Make a difference“; be inspired by this entrepreneurial school and this wonderful city.
Prof. Herbert Henzler, Management consultant, Munich
Stay cool – keep going!
Ulrich Bez, CEO, Aston Martin Ltd., London
Coming from sports I know of the importance of diligence, courage, will and teamwork. This is for sure the same in science and economy. At the MCI one can feel how well these values are communicated to the students.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch, olympic champion & entrepreneur, Kitzbühel / Austria
The Master program is geared towards graduates of legal and non-legal fields of study throughout the German-speaking world who are looking for a sound qualification in the field of digital business & tech law in their professional activities.
The target audience of the LL.M. program are professionals from the traditional legal professions such as lawyers, notaries, judges and aspirants to these professions, but also management consultants, in-house counsel, experts in legal departments and (junior) executives, who
Generally, persons with the following are admitted to the program:
The admission procedure provides for the following elements:
Online applicationThe application must be submitted in the form of a standardized online-application accompanied by the required documents (curriculum vitae, essay on medium-term career goals). An academic degree and minimum three years of professional experience in a qualified position prior to commencement of the program (ideally, qualified professional activity during the MBA program itself) are required.
Personal interviewThe interview gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to narrate their career history, to explain their motivation for applying to this program as well as to describe their medium-term professional goals.
InstanceAn admissions committee decides on admission to the Master's program.
Upon completion of the Executive Master program Digital Business & Tech Law, graduates acquire the internationally recognized title Master of Laws LL.M.
With the focus of the Executive Master degree program placed on different facets of the digital economy, this enables participants to specialize their own legal expertise in a technical and business-oriented manner and makes them sought-after experts for clients and companies alike when it comes to legal support for business in the digital age.
A range of use can be found in traditional legal professions such as law firms or notaries' offices, but also in business consultancies and consulting in general as well as companies in industry, tourism, banking and financial services, IT and the internet.