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Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law, LLM

Master of Laws

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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The online Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law, LL.M. program is designed for students already in a career track looking to build upon their existing experience.

Students of the Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law, LL.M. program gain:

  • Knowledge of how these three facets of law are intertwined.
  • A network of peers that spans multiple industries.
  • Preparation for the future of law in these developing fields.

While students generally pick an area of focus for their independent research, it is required that students take classes in all three areas. Nebraska law is the one program in the world to specialize in all three and require graduates to obtain a well-rounded understanding of the changing legal frontier.

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 Zoom, online students may ask questions, view the class and participate in class discussion.

Special Requirements:

  • At least three of the 24 credit hours must be completed on campus, including at least one credit in residence during the first two semesters, but otherwise can complete all remaining credits through online courses.
  • Must participate 75% of the time in an online course in real-time (synchronously), unless the student obtains a waiver from the professor of the course and the director of the program.
  • Attend one UNL Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law-hosted conference or seminar in-person.

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 in the space and cyber realm. They range from private industry to policy, and even national security. Telecommunications opens a broader door, as more companies are already entrenched in that regulatory scheme.

Matthew Schaefer, S.J.D.
Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director of Space, Cyber & Telecom Law Program

Matthew Schaefer has nearly two decades of law teaching courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, foreign relations law and policy and space law and cyber law. 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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. 3 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an ABA-accredited American law school or possess a degree in law from a foreign university

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

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
LAW 640/GInternational Law3

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.

LAW 669/G & 670/GResearch in a Selected Field1-3

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.

LAW 726/GDomestic Telecommunications Law3

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.

LAW 747National Security Space Legislation1

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.

LAW 748Space Law2

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.

LAW 756/GInternational Telecommunications Law3

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.

LAW 778Researching Space Law1

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.

LAW 795Thesis

Course Number: LAW 795

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $1649.88
  • Fees: $201.00
  • Total: $1850.88
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $4949.64
  • Fees: $603.00
  • Total: $5552.64

Cost for 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

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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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