The online Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law LL.M. program is designed for experienced attorneys who will continue to work in law firms, government offices, or corporate legal departments while pursuing this degree. The online LL.M. was created to address the growing demand for the on-campus program by experienced practitioners who wish to obtain an LL.M. while maintaining their existing work-life commitments. Students must complete their degree requirements within a maximum of six semesters. Online LL.M. students will "attend" classes synchronously (at the same time) with students who attend on campus. Through the use of Adobe Connect, online students may ask questions, view the class, and participate in class discussion. Online LL.M. Students are expected to satisfy all the same requirements on-campus students must satisfy — online students simply have a longer period of time in which to do so.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the first U.S. institution to offer a degree-bearing Space, Cyber & Telecommunications Law program.
Professor Schaefer has nearly two decades of law teaching experience and has taught courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, foreign relations law and policy, space law and cyber law. Professor Schaefer has served as a director in the International Economic Affairs Office of the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House where he was the principal staff member responsible for the formulation, coordination and implementation of U.S. foreign policy as it relates to international economic issues.
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Course Number: LAW 640/G
This course explores issues of public and private law with an emphasis on public international law. Specific topics covered include the nature and sources of international law, rules related to making and interpreting treaties, the relationship of international law to U.S. domestic law, how international law enters the U.S. courts, limits on a nation's ability to legislate and enforce laws outside its territory, immunity of foreign states and their enterprises from jurisdiction of U.S. courts, methods of international dispute settlement (from the World Court to private commercial arbitration), rules relating to the treatment of another nation's citizens (e.g. protection of investments from expropriation) and rules applicable to non-state actors such as multinational corporations. A visitor from the Washington, D.C. trade policy community may be invited to speak. Prior years' speakers include: U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, Governor Ben Nelson, Congressional Representative Doug Bereuter and the Honorable Abner Mikva.
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Course Number: LAW 669/G & 670/G
Individual study under the supervision of a faculty member. Before registering for this course, a student must (1) obtain the approval of the faculty member involved and (2) submit the Research in a Selected Field form to the Law College Registrar. Absent the prior approval of the Dean, no student may take more than six hours of Research in a Selected Field and/or Psycholegal Research.
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Course Number: LAW 726/G
This course addresses the legal framework applied in the United States to most wireline and wireless communications (other than the internet, which is addressed in the Cyberlaw Course). The covered media include cable television, landline telephone, broadcast and satellite radio and television, and mobile technologies. The course will explore the economic, technological, national security, and statutory and constitutional issues that have shaped these media, as well as how these "persistent" issues have evolved over time. We will explore the current policy and academic debates, including spectrum policy and frameworks for regulating similar services offered by different media platforms. We will place particular emphasis on the pervasive role of law, and how the media we use have been fundamentally shaped by legal decisions. More broadly, we explore how law affects the distribution of political and economic power in the U.S. by determining who can speak to whom, for what purpose.
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Course Number: LAW 747
Course will address the national security and military aspects of space law and policy, including arms control, intelligence gathering, weaponization, rules on use of force as applied to space activities, and security and risk of space assets.
Course Number: LAW 748
This course will address both military (such as intelligence gathering and weaponization) and commercial dimensions (including telecommunications, satellite launch, space tourism and remote sensing) of space law and policy. Course coverage will include the five major international treaties dealing directly with space (the Outer Space Treaty, Liability Convention, Registration Convention, Rescue and Return Agreement and Moon Treaty) and the application of these cold-War era treaties to modern space activities, arms control agreements implicating space, “soft law” instruments attempting to regulate space, U.S. national legislation addressing space issues, private and governmental contracts relating to space activities, as well as the mechanisms for the creation and negotiation of international space law, including the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, to address new or growing problems such as orbital debris, protection of in-space assets, and terrorism. This course will include guest lecturers from the military and private sector.
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Course Number: LAW 756/G
This course focuses on international regimes for regulating telecommunications and for regulating global cyber-warfare and cybersecurity issues. Regarding telecommunications, we study satellite, phone, and Internet legal regimes, notably through the International Telecommunications Union and World Trade Organization; we also explore some issues particular to developing nations. For cybersecurity, we explore legal instruments governing international cybercrime and cyberterrorism by individuals and cyber-warfare by nations. We explore issues ranging from how the laws of armed conflict apply to cyberattacks to whether the president has unilateral authority to engage in certain cyber-actions. Grade based on exam.
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Course Number: LAW 778
This course will give a very brief overview of space law as well as general international law and telecommunications law (because these latter two areas of law are so integrally connected to space law, indeed, the Outer Space Treaty incorporates the UN Charter and general international law) and train students how to research in these three areas of law. The course will place particular emphasis on space law. Students will have research problems to solve in all three areas of law. This course is only open to LL.M. students and J.D. students who have declared space and/or telecommunications law as an area of concentrated study.
Course Number: LAW 795
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.