Cybersecurity Law

Description

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 (Strauss Center) 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 Scholarships

External Scholarships

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General Requirements

  • 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 paper (30-40 double-spaced pages).
  • Constitutional Law for Foreign Lawyers (279M) (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 planning to take a U.S. state bar exam must also complete certain bar-required courses as part of their LL.M. degree program to be eligible to take the bar examination.

Concentration Requirements

All students in this concentration must take the following courses:

  1. Cybersecurity Law & Policy (available Fall only) – 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.
  2. Technology of Cybersecurity: An Introduction for Law and Policy Students (available both Fall and Spring) – This course provides a tailored introduction to key technical concepts associated with cybersecurity.
  3. Writing Seminar: Emerging Cybersecurity Legal and Policy Issues ( available Spring only) – This seminar engages an evolving array of cutting-edge legal and policy issues associated with cybersecurity, including an array of guest speakers.
  4. International Law of Cyber Conflict (available Spring only) – This course explores the application of international law to state-sponsored cyber activities.
  5. Privacy Law (available Spring only) – This course examines U.S. and foreign legal regimes for the protection of information.

Sample Courses

Additional recommended courses include:

Fall 2020

  1. Public International Law
  2. Social Media Law
  3. Directed Research Study (arranged on individual basis)

Spring 2021

  1. Internet and Telecommunication Regulation
  2. National Security Law: Law of the Intelligence Community
  3. International Humanitarian Law
  4. 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.