Innovation, Law and Technology


The GPLLM in Innovation, Law and Technology is the first offering of its kind in Canada  It will provide legal and other professionals, including lawyers, legal services professionals founders, makers, business, IT, compliance, financial, and others, with the sophisticated legal knowledge and professional skills required to understand the relationship between the law and technology, including the impact of technology on the law, and to successfully navigate a career in the innovation economy.

Program Length and Structure

The GPLLM is a full-time executive program that is one-year in length and offered in the evenings and on weekends in order to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals. The program consists of three terms (September to December, January to April, and May to mid-July), each of which starts with a short residential module at the law school. The schedule offers a deliberate balance between rigorous academic engagement, and respect for your personal and professional commitments. The GPLLM consists of 10 courses: students are required to take five courses from within their concentration, including one required course, and can take five courses from any of the four concentrations offered.

2019-2020 Program Calendar


The GPLLM curriculum is carefully curated in order to provide you with exposure to the legal issues and problems that are most timely and relevant.  Students will have the opportunity to work on real-world driven problems, in teams as well as individually.  The skills and knowledge you acquire in the program will immediately inform how you approach the problems and challenges you face with an entirely new – and transformative – skill set.

The program consists of ten courses. Starting in 2018-19, GPLLM students will have increased flexibility to tailor the program to their individual circumstances and professional pursuits. Under the new program rules, students will complete 50% of their courses (5 courses) from the Innovation, Law and Technology concentration, including one required course, and will have the flexibility to take the rest of their courses from any concentration with program approval. Please see the following pages for course descriptions for the Innovation, Law & Technology concentration, the Business Law concentration, the Canadian Law concentration, and the Law of Leadership concentration.

Innovation, Law and Technology Courses

*Please note that not all courses will necessarily be available every year.

  • The Law of Disruptive Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (required)
  • Privacy and Data Governance
  • Cybersecurity & Data Protection in a Global Information Economy
  • Intellectual Property and Strategy
  • The Legal Challenges of Digital Environments
  • Financing Technological Innovation
  • Taxonomy of Innovation: Solving Business Problems and Reducing Legal Friction
  • Design Thinking 
  • Legal Technology and Informatics
  • Blockchain, Digital Assets and the Law
  • Law of Software Development and Commercialization

Please also see Innovation, Law and Technology - Course Descriptions.