Space Law, Executive Certificate

Executive Certificate in Space Law

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $1650.00
    In-State
  • $1650.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Space Law, Executive Certificate is designed for practicing attorneys interested in specializing and expanding their expertise in an emerging area.

Space law is the study of the laws and regulations that impact most any activity related to activities in space, on the ground, in orbit, or beyond. Space law touches every practical step of getting any object or person into space, from conception, to launch, to re-entry. 

Students choose the Space Law, Executive Certificate to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how the law governs outer space.
  • Learn a unique mixture of international, U.S. administrative and industry-specific law.
  • Prepare for 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 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: The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for lawyers is growing at 6%, which is as fast as average. Demand for legal work is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services in many areas.

This program prepares students to work in a variety of different sectors. These sectors range from innovative new industries like commercial space flight, to scientific endeavors, to the business sector and to military applications.

Students should apply via the Law School Admissions Council at lsac.org. The program will appear with the LLM applications and is Nebraska College of Law Application L5. We require a personal statement, all undergraduate and law college transcripts, the LSAC application questionnaire, a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 letters of recommendation and a resume.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Master's degree

    A Juris Doctorate or foreign law degree 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 778Researching Space Law1
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.
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 747National Security Space Law1
This course will address the national security and military aspects of space law and policy, including arms control, intelligence gathering, weaponization, and rules on the use of force as applied to space activities. 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 784International Satellite Communications1
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 748Space Law2
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.
LAW 766GNational Space Legislation1
Implementation of international space treaties and other international space law by means of the establishment of national space legislation. Licensing regimes dealing with liability issues or other control mechanisms. Ways in which countries across the world have chosen to implement relevant international requirements as well as to assert national space policies by means of national law. Discussion of national U.S. law regarding satellite communications, satellite remote sensing, and space tourism. Prereqs: LAW 748G.

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
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

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