Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law

Fueling Innovation & Empowering Explorers

We believe that to advance humankind, space, cyber and telecommunications law is critical to the future.  As technology continues to evolve and humans continue to reach upwards, the laws and regulations that protect citizens and serve industries must change too. Our alumni are at the forefront of this wave of change. Space, cyber, and telecommunications law and policy touch every satellite, every phone call, every online transaction.

Since 2008, Nebraska Law has offerred an LL.M. degree in space, cyber, and telecommunications law, making our full curriculum also available to our Juris Doctorate (J.D.) students as a concentrated program of study. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers working for private companies like SpaceX; for civilian agencies like the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; for military operations such as the U.S. Cyber Command and Space Operations; as well as for think tanks and law firms. 

In 2013 the University of Nebraska College of Law broke new ground as the only doctoral-level space law program in the United States, offering a J.S. D. in Space Law. Research-focused and dissertation-based, the J.S.D. program requires students to write a book-length thesis about an aspect of space law. The degree broadens opportunities for experienced lawyers and legal scholars to delve into the very intricate and complex issues facing the regulation of outer space activities in an in-depth manner. The program also offers an Executive Certificate program from practicing attorneys looking to specialize in a specific area of our curriculum. J.D. students at Nebraska Law also benefit from our expansive space, cyber, and telecommunications law curriculum and may design a program of study in this field.

Contact us!
Nebraska Law Admissions Office

Chelsea Wilkinson
402-472-8263
chelsea.wilkinson@unl.edu

Meet Our Team:
Matthew SchaeferVeronica A. Haggart and Charles R. Work Professor of International Trade Law and Founding Co-Director of the Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program

Frans von der DunkHarvey & Susan Perlman Alumni & Othmer Professor of Space Law

Jack Beard, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program

Gus Hurwitz, Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center, Co-Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program

Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives 

Lysandra Márquez, Communications and Events Specialist for the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center

EXPLORE THE SONGS FOR SPACE (LAW): THE FABULOUS FORTY

Many are the links between space and music – music as the most abstract of arts often offering the most appropriate means to capture and reflect the out-of-the-ordinary character of outer space, where words may easily seem to come up short.

Browse the entire collection.

  Mars Crater