Becoming a full-time Technolawgeek

February 22nd, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Becoming a full-time Technolawgeek”

Written by Kristopher, a student of Law & Technology LL.M. at Tilburg University, with a particular interest in privacy and data protection. He is also a former Technolawgeek, having graduated European Law School in 2018. Currently, he is a Privacy Intern at Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).

If you’re reading this, it means you likely enjoy both law and technology. It’s all modern, exciting, and very different from more traditional legal domains. But have you ever wondered what your next step should be? It’s easy to be a technology enthusiast, but surely you have to find a ‘real’ job in a ‘real’ legal domain, right? Wrong!

Two years ago still, that was exactly what I thought. Technolawgeeks, and all the issues of AI and autonomous vehicles were something fun, but I couldn’t imagine that it’s even possible to study anything remotely similar. Let alone finding a job which involves law & technology. One day, when asking the Internet what I should do after my Bachelor, I stumbled across the Master programme of Law & Technology at Tilburg University. Fast forward two years, I’m halfway through the programme and happier than ever.

You may now wonder, what do you learn during the programme? There are different courses to choose from as electives, and two mandatory courses. Mandatory courses involve the basics of intellectual property, as well as regulation & ethics. Electives cover different legal domains, like contract, tort, privacy, health and environmental law. Each course highlights the impact of technology on the subject matter, and teaches you how to advise your client should they find themselves at the crossroads of law and technology. Liability for distribution of illegal materials over the Internet? Purchase of cloud services? Processing of human resources data? Everything’s covered. You’ll certainly find something interesting to learn about.

So, how about employability after the programme? The programme is officially under the patronage of the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), a well-known research institute, with contacts all over academia and the industry. As one of the very few law & technology programs in Europe, it has a high reputation among employers in the area. It’s not just a marketing pitch, it was actually reaffirmed by my current employer during the interview. New internship offers of all kinds are posted on a weekly basis via the TILT network, from big companies and startups alike. Unless you actively avoid looking, you will find an internship that suits you.

In short, if you’re looking for a Master’s program related to law and technology, Tilburg is the place to be. Got more questions? Feel free to reach out! You can find me on LinkedIn.

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