Online Space Law, Executive Certificate | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Space Law, Executive Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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

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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 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 Counsel at 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.

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law

Justin Hurwitz's work builds on his background in law, technology and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology, including data- and cyber security, and was recognized as a Cyber Security & Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.

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

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Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Spectrum Management Law & Policy1

Course Number:

LAW 734Export Control Law: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)1

Course Number: LAW 734

Commercial space, telecommunications and cyber industries are global industries involving large amounts of international trade. Accordingly, trade control regimes, both domestic and international, have a large impact on these industries. The US trade control regimes, particularly the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Foreign Assets Controls, are of particular significance given the leading role of the United States in space, telecommunications and cyber industries. This course will provide an extensive examination of ITAR, the Export Administration Act, U.S. economic embargos and related Executive Orders, as well as discussion of the foreign policy and national security interests influencing US laws, regulations and policy. Particular emphasis will be given to the ongoing efforts to reform the US export control system with regard to spacecraft. This course is available to online LL.M. students

LAW 747National Security Space Law1

Course Number: LAW 747

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 748Space Law2

Course Number: LAW 748

This course is required unless waived by the director due to experience in or prior study of space law. This course will provide a basic overview of international space law with primary emphasis on the civilian and commercial dimensions of space law and policy (including civilian government space, satellite launch, satellite navigation and satellite remote sensing). 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, some other international treaty regimes such as that of the international space station, “soft law” instruments such as UN Resolutions or the Charter on Space and Major Disasters attempting to regulate space, 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 and space traffic management, private commercial spaceflight ('space tourism') and the exploitation of celestial resources. This course is available to online LL.M. students.

LAW 766GNational Space Legislation1

Course Number: LAW 766G

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.

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 784International Satellite Communications1

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

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.

  • 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.

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