Cyber & Telecommunications Law, Executive Certificate

Executive Certificate in Cyber and Telecommunications Law

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 8
    Credits
  • $1650.00
    In-State
  • $1650.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Cyber and Telecommunications Law, Executive Certificate is designed for practicing attorneys interested in specializing and expanding their expertise. Telecommunications law covers every electronic communication and all broadcasting across the United States. From net neutrality to cable contracts to spectrum management the world of telecommunications law is growing and changing with technology.

Students of the Cyber and Telecommunications Law, Executive Certificate gain:

  • An understanding of the regulations that exist in this area.
  • Knowledge of how cyber and telecommunications law are intertwined.
  • Preparation in the ever-changing field of law.

Online students join law classrooms in real-time using VoIP technology. Class times are generally during the workday and online students participate part-time, for 75% of class sessions, unless obtaining a waiver from the faculty member teaching the course and the program director. The remaining 25% of class time may be viewed via class recordings, giving students flexibility along with a valuable classroom experience.

This certificate is open to those who already have a J.D. or a foreign law degree. Additionally, there is a strong preference for applicants to have a minimum of three years of prior legal experience. Students enrolled in this certificate program, prior to completion of the certificate, may apply to transfer into the LL.M. degree (also listed on this site).

Career Outlook: Cyber law is one of the newest and most successful sectors in law. It has emerged as one of the career fields in great demand in recent years.

This program prepares students to work in a variety of different career sectors, including private industry and policy. Since many companies are already entrenched in the telecommunications regulatory scheme, there are numerous careers available.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Master's degree

    A Juris Doctorate is required

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
LAW 784International Satellite Communications Law1
The branch of space law which is focused most on practical and commercial applications without a doubt is the satellite communications sector. The present class will address the specific legal regimes dealing with satellite communications law in particular at the international level. Thus, it will address the role of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in allocating, allotting and assigning frequency spectrum and orbital slots/orbits, and the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in regulating the international trade in satellite communication services. Also, the unique roles of the international satellite organizations INTELSAT and INMARSAT, especially since their transition to privatized companies kicked off, will be addressed. Finally, other, more regional developments in the USA, Europe and elsewhere will be briefly touched upon. This course is available to online LL.M. students.
LAW 724Spectrum Management Law & Policy1
This course provides an overview of the law and policy governing spectrum management in the United States. Broad coverage includes spectrum allocation and domestic assignment, the FCC/NITA jurisdictional split, and Title III of the Communications Act. Specific coverage includes spectrum auctions, the debate over licensed and unlicensed spectrum use, and issues related to licensing satellite spectrum for use in the U.S. This course is available to online LL.M. students.
LAW 786/GEuropean Union Law & European Regulation of Space & Telecommunications2
This course deals with two inter-related topics. The first relates to the interaction between the EU and the European Space Agency in particular in the development of European space activities and policies, with due attention to such other players as EUTELSAT and EUMETSAT, up to and including the discussions on their institutional integration. Also the development of such trans-European space projects as Galileo and GMES projects will pass scrutiny. The second deals with the way in which the EU has, since roughly 20 years, started to apply its general legislative and regulatory competencies in the area of the most prominent sector of commercial space which is satellite communications, as a key are within the larger area of telecommunications. Here, the gradual development of an Internal Market for satcom services will provide the focal point. This course is available to online LL.M. students. Pre-requisite: Introduction to European Community Law.
LAW 726/GDomestic Telecommunications Law3
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.
LAW 681/GCyber Law3
This course will explore a range of legal issues in cyber domain, including cyber security, cyber-bullying and online harassment, privacy, network ownership and access, private versus public regulation of cyberspace, speech in cyberspace, content as property and intellectual property in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyberspace activities, liability of intermediaries, state and local regulation of cyberspace, and the interrelationship between technology and law as mechanisms of regulation. Grades will primarily be based on one final exam. This course is available to online LL.M. students

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$1650.00
Fees
$201.00
Total
$1851.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$4950.00
Fees
$603.00
Total
$5553.00

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$1650.00
Fees
$201.00
Total
$1851.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$4950.00
Fees
$603.00
Total
$5553.00
Jack M. Beard, LL.M.
Assistant Professor of Law

Before coming to Nebraska, Jack M. Beard was a faculty member at the UCLA School of Law. He previously served as the Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) in the Department of Defense, where he was responsible for a variety of legal matters, including those associated with arms control agreements, defense cooperation and basing agreements in the Middle East region and programs assisting states of the former Soviet Union in the dismantlement of weapons of mass destruction and other nonproliferation activities.

Application Deadlines