This concentration provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the legal, policy, and technical architectures associated with cybersecurity. It is designed from the ground up to be transdisciplinary, featuring bespoke courses open not just to law students but to other graduate schools from across the campus. No prior expertise is required or expected, but the Strauss Center for International Security & Law particularly encourages applications from JAG attorneys as it offers courses in National Security Law. No prior expertise is required or expected (as noted below, the program includes a course expressly designed to provide an introduction to key technical concepts).
Texas Law’s Cybersecurity LL.M. is offered in conjunction with the Integrated Cybersecurity Studies program at the Strauss Center. The Strauss Center is a university-wide organization that promotes innovative courses, policy-relevant research, and high-impact events concerning a broad array of security and foreign affairs topics. Several Strauss Center programs focus on the intersection of technology, law, and policy, and the Center places a special priority on promoting the interdisciplinary study of cybersecurity. Participants selected for the Cybersecurity LL.M. also become “cybersecurity fellows” with the Strauss Center, and as such constitute a special cohort participating in a wide range of Strauss Center activities (including conferences and cybersecurity policy competitions).
Internal Scholarship Opportunities
- Bobby R. Inman Award for Student Scholarship on Intelligence (separate application and June deadline)
- Ethel Loving de Diaz Scholarship (separate application and November deadline)
- Good Neighbor Scholarship (separate application required & March deadline)
- J. Curtiss Brown UT-Mexico Exchange Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law (separate application required for admitted students)*
- Mary Mikeska LL.M. Tuition Scholarship (separate application required for admitted students)
- MD Anderson Fellowship in Transnational Law (separate application required for admitted students)
- Nonresident Tuition Exemption Award (separate application required for admitted students)
- Rod & Merry Laine Wetsel LL.M. Tuition Scholarship (separate application required for admitted students)
- Society of Iranian-American Women for Education Scholarship (separate application required and fall semester deadline)
- Strauss Center Cybersecurity Graduate Fellows Program (separate application required & May deadline)
- Travis County Women Lawyers’ Scholarship Fund, Inc. (separate application required and February deadline)
- Tuition Assistance for Mexican Students (separate application required & April deadline)
*The J. Curtiss Brown UT-Mexico Exchange Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law supports students from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America enrolled in the Law School’s LL.M. Program.
External Scholarship Opportunities
- The AFCEA Scholarships – Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship
- CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service
- The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
- Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarship
- Graduate Scholarship – Center for Cyber Safety and Education Graduate Level Scholarships
- International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship
- SWSIS (Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security) Program Scholarship
- Women’s Scholarship – Center for Cyber Safety and Education Graduate Level Scholarships
For more information, visit our Scholarship Opportunities.
- A total of 24 credit hours that must be completed in one academic year (fall and spring semesters).
- 12 concentration-specific credit hours (see below).
- A three-credit writing seminar or a two-credit directed research project (with a 30-page paper involving research and analysis).
- Constitutional Law for Foreign Lawyers (279M) (spring only) (This is a requirement for students with a foreign law degree. Students with a background in common law may request a waiver from this requirement.)
- Non-U.S. J.D. students interested in taking a U.S. state bar exam will also have to take certain bar-required courses to be eligible to sit for the bar exam.
All students in this concentration must take the following courses:
Fall: (MUST TAKE BOTH OF THESE)
- Cybersecurity Law & Policy – This course surveys the landscape of legal, policy, and institutional-design issues associated with cybersecurity, ranging from litigation and regulatory issues to the conduct of hostilities in cyberspace.
- Technology of Cybersecurity: An Introduction for Law and Policy Students – This course provides a tailored introduction to key technical concepts associated with cybersecurity.
Spring : (MUST TAKE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE TWO)
- Writing Seminar: Emerging Cybersecurity Legal and Policy Issues – This seminar engages an evolving array of cutting-edge legal and policy issues associated with cybersecurity, including an array of guest speakers.
- Cybersecurity & Incident Response
Additional courses recommended for this concentration include
- Public International Law
- Homeland Security Law
- Cybersecurity & Business
- Directed Research Study (arranged on individual basis)
- National Security Law: Law of the Intelligence Community
- Cybersecurity & International Law
- Privacy Law
- Social Media Law
- International Humanitarian Law
- Terror & Consent
- Directed Research Study (arranged on individual basis)
Note: The sample courses listed above are sample course offerings only and are not necessarily offered every semester. Past, current, and future courses can be accessed on the Law School’s Interactive Course Schedule.