Cyber & Telecommunications Law, Executive Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    8
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $1541.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $1541.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This Executive Certificate in Cyber and Telecommunications Law is designed for practicing attorneys interested in specializing and expanding their expertise in an emerging area. 

Telecommunications law covers  electronic communication in all forms, and all broadcasting across the United States. These areas are heavily regulated by federal law and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Despite a long regulatory history and significant federal laws, aspects of telecommunications law still attract controversy. Google is now spending more money lobbying in Washington DC than any oil company. From net neutrality to cable contracts to spectrum management the world of telecommunications law is growing and changing with technology.

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 prior legal experience.

Online students join law classrooms live, 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.

Students enrolled in this certificate program, prior to completion of the certificate, may apply to transfer into the L.L.M. degree (also listed on this site). 

Jack M. Beard, LL.M.
Assistant Professor of Law

Before coming to Nebraska, Jack M. Beard was a member of the faculty 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.

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

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Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
LAW 681/GCyber Law3

Course Number: LAW 681/G

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.

LAW 724Spectrum Management Law & Policy1

Course Number: LAW 724

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 726/GDomestic Telecommunications Law3

Course Number: LAW 726/G

This course addresses the legal framework applied in the United States to telecommunications and media industries, including the Internet, landline telephone, broadcast radio and television, cable television, and mobile technologies. Substantial attention is given to current regulatory issues involving the Internet and online video, the structure and power of the Federal Communications Commission, and economic, technological, and speech concerns, including understanding the role of and challenges created by the use of advocacy in public policy. Grades are generally based on a combination of an exam and mock regulatory filings or judicial opinions. This course is available to online LLM students.

LAW 784International Satellite Communications Law1

Course Number: LAW 784

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 786/GEuropean Union Law & European Regulation of Space & Telecommunications2 credits combined

Course Number: LAW 786/G

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. Pre-requisite: Introduction to European Community Law This course is available to online LL.M. students.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $1541.00
  • Fees: $201.00
  • Total: $1742.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $4623.00
  • Fees: $603.00
  • Total: $5226.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $1541.00
  • Fees: $201.00
  • Total: $1742.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $4623.00
  • Fees: $603.00
  • Total: $5226.00

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • 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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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    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.

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