School of Law

Christina Munns

LLM Cyberlaw: Information Technology, Law and Society | 2010 - 2011

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About me
After graduating from the LLB Law at Leeds I became a graduate fee-earner at a leading law firm. Following this I joined the largest IT programme in the world, which supports the NHS in providing better, safer care by delivering computer systems and services which improve the way patient information is stored and accessed.

I have undertaken various domain management and project management roles, specialising in Information Governance.  Highlights have included authoring the Digital Strategy for the NHS, constructing the defence case for the PAC hearing of a national audit of the programme and designing and leading the Operational Security Team.

My current role
I am currently part of the future state transition strategy function, designing the future state of informatics within the NHS. Credentials gained which complement and enhance the learning from the LLM include CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ITIL, AMBCI, PRINCE2 Practitioner and MSP Practitioner.

I was a mentor at university and have continued my interest in personal development, coaching and mentoring, having successfully completed the Ashridge Business School Leadership Process and NLP Practitioner and Life Coach certifications.

I graduated with the LLM in Cyberlaw with distinction in December 2011 and after gaining the highest dissertation mark of the course, I am currently editing this to produce an article on privacy for publication in the International Journal of Law and Technology.

My motivation to study
The outstanding international reputation of the University of Leeds and the relevance of the course to my career motivated me to apply. I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by my employers to complete the course, as they saw the value in its relevance to strategic thinking around information governance. When these factors combined with the genuine passion the Cyberlaw staff displayed for the subject and for encouraging original ideas generation and development, Leeds quickly emerged as an obvious choice.

My experience
My experience at the University has been extremely valuable. The most enjoyable elements have been the privilege of working with and learning from leading academics and fellow students in an exciting and leading edge subject.

The LLM in Cyberlaw is an excellent course. The course is forward thinking and entirely relevant to today’s information society. It lends itself very well to a career in information governance/security which will be an inevitable horizontal market of the future, as increasing quantities of our personal information moves from analogue to digital formats.

The help and guidance given by the staff within the school has been, and continues to be, outstanding. I have never met such a talented team with so much clear passion for a subject. The team restored my faith in the value of originality of thought and the integration of complex ideas and concepts into a practical, social context, through academia.

They successfully update and bring the law to life in a way that will continue to be relevant to the global society, introducing the flexibility to react to ever-changing technological advancements.  

The facilities at the University of Leeds are outstanding. The Cyberlaw research unit is, in my opinion, the best in the country. It turns the study from ‘law in books’ to ‘law in action.’

To complement the university’s physical assets such as the moot court rooms, it enters many mooting and negotiating competitions, often hosted by leading law firms, offering excellent opportunities for talent spotting.

My success in negotiation competitions during the LLB helped me to secure various vacation placements in top law firms and allowed me to extend the very valuable skill of negotiation from the moot court room into the work place.  

Since graduation
Since graduating from the LLM I continue to use the knowledge and experience gained in my current role. The White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’ has triggered a major re-design of the way information is used in the NHS and the knowledge and experience I gained from the LLM has directly inputted to that. I enjoyed the course so much that I am considering pursuing a PhD in Cyberlaw.

Leeds life
Leeds as a city is amazing. It has everything a student could want, whilst retaining the charm of the county of Yorkshire, renowned for its friendliness.  

Leeds offers limitless employment opportunities, being the UK’s fastest growing city, with the second largest employment total outside London. It also offers many cultural and historic attractions and nearby open countryside combined with a bustling nightlife, leisure and shopping scene.

If you are a person who naturally starts with the ‘whys’, asking “why are we really doing this?” as opposed to working within the ‘hows’ and ‘whats’ associated with accepting “we must make it fit because that’s the way it is” you will enjoy this course!

Apply if you want to study a subject that will equip you with the strategic skills which are extremely relevant for the current and ever-evolving digital age.

Studying the LLM in Cyberlaw will ensure that your CV is ahead of the curve, increasing your employment prospects. Perhaps more importantly, it will help build the research and strategies which could influence the foundations for governance of the internet and digital transactions, in turn shaping your own mindset around the application of law to the digital society within which we all live.

This level of understanding of the balance required between retaining the value of information, underpinned by the liberal principles of the internet, whilst ensuring it is securely controlled, is something every business will need in the future.  

Many thanks to the teaching team - particularly to Dr. Subhajit Basu - whose passion for the subject inspired me to continue to strive to challenge and extend my own ideas and those of others, whilst working full-time in a demanding role. Part-time students are supported and accommodated and the insight from respective workplaces was always welcomed in classes and utilised in a way that enriched the experience for fellow students.  

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