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.
The remainder of the course work for the LL.M. degree will be determined in consultation with a faculty advisor and approved by the Director. 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.
To complete the LL.M. degree, students must also meet the following 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 program of study approved by the Director of the program
- Complete a research paper of publishable quality
- Attain a weighted average grade of no less than 6.0/9.0 for all courses taken at the Law College
- International Law
- Space Law
- National Security Space Law -
- Domestic Telecommunications Law -
- International Telecommunications Law: Cyber Warfare -
- Researching Space Law -
The LL.M. program has awarded over $100,000 in NASA grant scholarships to its previous classes of students. Significant scholarship money for the incoming class of 2012-2013 is available.
Applications are always accepted. If you have questions about available start dates, please contact our Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton.
All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship awards.
Admission and scholarships are competitive.