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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. All of these credits must be taken subsequent to receipt of the student's first law degree and must be obtained at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Admissions Committee will exercise a strong preference for students who intend to enroll on a full-time basis.

Students who have taken comparable courses at another institution as part of their basic law training may be excused from required courses at the discretion of the Director of the program. A student who is not required to complete one or more of the required courses must still complete a minimum of 24 hours of course work to complete the LL.M. program. Up to six credits of this additional course work may be courses taken outside of the Law College (but still at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), subject to the approval and grade requirements of Faculty Rule 2.4.2.

The LL.M. degree requires completion of a research paper of publishable quality. This would normally be completed in conjunction with the thesis/independent study required course, but could also be completed as part of the requirements of a seminar taken at the Law College.

Online students have a few additional requirements.

The University of Nebraska College of Law also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in U.S. Legal Studies. 

One-Year In-Resident LL.M. Graduation Requirements: 

  • Complete an introductory noncredit course in American law (for students with foreign law degrees only)
  • Complete or be excused from the required courses (listed below)
  • 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 Telecommunications Law: Cyber Warfare - 3 Credits
  • Researching Space Law - 1 Credits
  • Thesis Independent Study - 3 Credits


Space Cyber and Telecommunications Faculty

As pictured: Jack Beard, Matt Schaefer, Gus Hurwitz, Frans von der Dunk


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.

Contact Us!

Elsbeth Magilton; photo by Bambi King

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

Mailing Address

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

Application Requirments: 

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. Start your application today! 

International Applicants:  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 you are a citizen of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom or some other English speaking country. Foreign applicants must use apply on-line 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.