Prospective LLM Students

Prospective LL.M. Students Traditional and Online Options to Empower Explorers

The Traditional One Year On Campus Program (scroll down for online information)

About The On Campus Program

Since 2008, Nebraska Law has been the only law college in the nation to offer an LL.M. degree in space, cyber, and telecommunications law. Graduates of the one-year program have gone on to careers working for private companies like SpaceX; for civilian agencies like the State Department and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; for military operations such as the U.S. Cyber Command and Space Operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base; as well as for think tanks, consultants and law firms.

The LL.M. program is open both to persons with J.D. degrees from ABA-accredited law schools and to persons with degrees in law from foreign universities. This highly competitive program enrolls between 8-10 students per academic year to ensure individualized attention during the demanding course year. A minimum of 24 credits is required to complete the LL.M. program. The Admissions Committee will exercise a strong preference for students who intend to enroll on a full-time basis.

Program Requirements

  • Complete an introductory noncredit course in American law (for students with foreign law degrees only)
  • Complete or be excused from the required courses
  • Complete a research paper of publishable quality (thesis)
  • Attain a weighted average grade of no less than 6.0/9.0 for all courses taken at the Law College
  • Attend the Lincoln and DC Annual Conferences (travel provided to one)

Required Courses

  • International Law – 3 Credits
  • Space Law – 2 Credits
  • National Security Space Law – 1 Credits
  • Domestic Telecommunications Law – 3 Credits
  • International Cyber Security: Mischief, Crime, and Warfare – 3 Credits
  • Researching Space Law – 1 Credits
  • Thesis Independent Study – 3 Credits

Application Requirements

Application Requirements: We require a personal statement, all undergraduate and law college transcripts, the LSAC application questionnaire, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and a resume.

International Applicants:  TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants from non english speaking countries. Foreign applicants must use apply online and use the LSAC credential assembly service.

Deadlines: We accept applications at all times. Semester start times are based on our rolling admissions and the requested semester start. Please contact the Executive Director, Elsbeth Magilton with questions on start dates. International students, please note while sometimes it may be possible, we can never guarantee a fall semester start date for applications received after March 31 or a spring semester start date for applications received after September 15.

Apply by creating an account at LSAC.org and selecting the application for the correct program. 

Scholarships

The Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program has awarded over $100,000 in NASA grant scholarships to its previous classes of students. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship awards. Admission and scholarships are competitive. Individual scholarship awards generally range from covering 20%-60% of a student’s tuition.

Contact Us

Elsbeth Magilton
Executive Director of Space, Cyber, & Telecom Law Programs and the U.S. Legal Studies LL.M.
Address: 207 LAW
Phone: (402) 472-1662
E-Mail: elsbeth.magilton@unl.edu

Mailing Address

University of Nebraska College of Law
Space and Telecom LL.M. Program, Attn: Elsbeth Magilton
103 Ross McCollum Hall
P.O. Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902

Tuition

LL.M. tuition and fees for the one-year on campus (not online) program are $28,104 for the academic year. The program consists of one full-time academic year, paid for in two semesters.

In addition to tuition, the University estimates approximately $1,379 for Books and Supplies, $9,000 for room and board (depending on where you choose to live), and $3,684 for personal expenses. The annual total estimate of education-related expenses to attend the program totals around $41,000.

Admission and Application Information for Students From Countries other than the United States

The College of Law welcomes applications to its LLM program from students who are citizens of countries other than the United States, particularly as space and telecommunications industries are global industries. A foreign law degree is required of foreign applicants. A TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants unless the applicant's entire legal education, including instruction and testing, was performed in English. 

Please note, the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program is not designed to teach foreign attorneys U.S. Law, but to allow experts in these areas to further their expertise. The University of Nebraska College of Law has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program for foreign attorneys interested in studying U.S. Law.

Foreign applicants must use apply online and use the LSAC credential assembly service.


The Online Option for Industry Professionals

About The Online Program

Our online program is a 6 semester, part-time online option for industry professionals. The Online LL.M. was created to address the growing demand for the program by experienced practitioners who want to obtain an LL.M. degree while maintaining their existing work-life and thus we give preference to those with three years legal experience in admissions for the online program.

Online LL.M. students “attend” classes synchronously with students who attend on-campus. The use of Adobe Connect allows online students to ask questions, view the class, and participate in class discussions. In sum, the online students are expected to complete the same coursework and thesis requirements that satisfy all of the requirements on-campus students must satisfy. Online students simply have a longer period of time in which to do so.

The Online LL.M. program is open both to persons with J.D. degrees from ABA-accredited law schools and to persons with degrees in law from foreign universities. This highly competitive program enrolls between 3-8 students per academic year to ensure individualized attention during the demanding course year.

Program Requirements

  • Complete an introductory noncredit course in American law (for students with foreign law degrees only)
  • Complete or be excused from the required courses
  • Complete a research paper of publishable quality (thesis)
  • Attain a weighted average grade of no less than 6.0/9.0 for all courses taken at the Law College
  • Attend the Lincoln or DC Annual Conferences (travel provided to one)
  • Complete 3 credit hours in-residence prior to graduation, including at least one credit during the first two semesters.

Required Courses

  • International Law – 3 Credits
  • Space Law – 2 Credits
  • National Security Space Law – 1 Credits
  • Domestic Telecommunications Law – 3 Credits
  • International Cyber Security: Mischief, Crime, and Warfare - 3 Credits
  • Researching Space Law – 1 Credits (on campus only, in fall)
  • Thesis Independent Study – 3 Credits

Participation in 75% of each course “live” (synchronously) is required unless a waiver is obtained by the professor.

As noted above, online students are required to complete 3 credit hours in-residence prior to graduation, including at least one credit during the first two semesters. The Spring semester generally features several mini-courses (shortened schedule, 1-2 credit courses). No travel costs are routinely provided or guaranteed.

Application Requirements:

Application Requirements: We require a personal statement, all undergraduate and law college transcripts, the LSAC application questionnaire, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and a resume.

International Applicants:  TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants from non english speaking countries. Foreign applicants must use apply online and use the LSAC credential assembly service.

Deadlines: We accept applications at all times. Semester start times are based on our rolling admissions and the requested semester start. Please contact the Executive Director, Elsbeth Magilton with questions on start dates.

Apply by creating an account at LSAC.org and selecting the application for the correct program. 

Mailing Address

University of Nebraska College of Law
Space and Telecom LL.M. Program, Attn: Elsbeth Magilton
103 Ross McCollum Hall
P.O. Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902

Contact Us

Elsbeth Magilton
Title: Executive Director of Space, Cyber, & Telecom Law Programs and the U.S. Legal Studies LL.M.
Address: 207 LAW
Phone: (402) 472-1662
E-Mail: elsbeth.magilton@unl.edu

Scholarships

The Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program has awarded over $100,000 in NASA grant scholarships to its previous classes of students.All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship awards. Admission and scholarships are competitive. Individual scholarship awards generally range from covering 20%-60% of a student’s tuition.

Computer and System Requirements

We require the following computer specifications for students using Adobe Connect to participate in Online LL.M. courses:

  • CPU: Recommended: Core i5 or Core i7 at 2.0 GHz or equivalent. Minimum: Core 2 Duo at least 2.0 GHz.
  • RAM: Recommended: 4 GB or more. Minimum: 2 GB.
  • Graphics: Recommended:Discrete ATI or NVidia graphics card with at least 512mb video memory. Not Recommended: Intel Integrated Graphics or equivalent.
  • Screen Size: Recommended: at least 14” laptop screen, or optionally, a 20”+ external LCD monitor for best viewing.
  • Network: Recommended: Fiber/FIOS or Gigabit Ethernet connection, or Cable, DSL, etc. with at least 10 Mbps downstream. Minimum: DSL, Cable, etc. with at least 2 Mbps Downstream.
  • Hardware: You will need to provide your own working webcam – built-in laptop webcams are fine. If you need to buy an external USB web camera, we recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio.

Students will be provided with a UNL-owned Plantronics speakerpod device, containing a high quality echo-cancelling microphone and a speaker. We ask that students use only the provided audio equipment, to help us provide the most consistent experience possible.

Tuition

Online LL.M. Tuition is reasonable and competitive. It is estimated that students will enroll in approximately 3-6 credit hours each semester, for a maximum of 6 semesters. Additional costs may be incurred in order to complete the residency requirement. Below are the estimated costs for the upcoming academic year:

Tuition may be increased by the Board of Regents, which generally occurs during the summer months.

  • Tuition $1,541.00 per credit hour
  • Distance Ed. Fee $25.00 per credit hour
  • Technology Fee $83.00 per credit hour (this will appear on statements as "law college fee")
  • Library Fee $83.00  per credit hour (this will appear on statements, in an additional line item, as "law college fee")
  • Total Per 1 credit hour: $1,732.00
  • Total Per 3 credit hours (standard class): $5,196.00

In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses. At this time there is no change in tuition based on Nebraska residency for this program.

Admission and Application Information for Students From Countries other than the United States

The College of Law welcomes applications to its LLM program from students who are citizens of countries other than the United States, particularly as space and telecommunications industries are global industries. A foreign law degree is required of foreign applicants. A TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants unless the applicant's entire legal education, including instruction and testing, was performed in English. 

Please note, the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program is not designed to teach foreign attorneys U.S. Law, but to allow experts in these areas to further their expertise. The University of Nebraska College of Law has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program for foreign attorneys interested in studying U.S. Law.

Foreign applicants must use apply online and use the LSAC credential assembly service.



Questions? Contact The Executive Director:

Elsbeth Magilton, Executive DirectorElsbeth J Magilton
Executive Director, Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Programs

Phone: 402.472.1662

Fax: 402.472.0608

Email: elsbeth.magilton@unl.edu