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).
- 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).
- 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 three courses:
Cybersecurity Foundations: Law, Policy, and Institutions – 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.
Cybersecurity Foundations: Technology of Lawyers and Policymakers – This course provides a tailored introduction to key technical concepts associated with cybersecurity.
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.
Additional courses recommended for this concentration include:
National Security Law: Law of the Intelligence Community
Public International Law
Cybersecurity & International Law
Cybersecurity & Business
Privacy Law (3)
Social Media Law
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.