Master of Laws Program in Cybersecurity Law & Policy

STU Law is launching a new 100% fully online program providing students the option to pursue an LL.M. in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity. The LL.M. Program will be supported by the School of Law, which recognizes the importance of cybersecurity law. Whether a desire to pursue a career in law firms, government, private sector, or military, the LL.M. will help you prepare for this challenging filed. The program will aim at preparing the next generation of professionals. The online and innovative graduate program will provide a wide perspective, integrating law, policy, and technology to prepare the modern lawyer-cyberwarriors.

The program focus will be cybersecurity law and it will further cater the aerospace market. The LL.M. program will recruit students in the US and abroad. Qualified students without a JD and interested in developing an understanding of legal principles as it applies to their careers or field of expertise will be able to enroll.

The Program is expected to begin in the Fall of 2019. Faculty will be announced in January 2019. The program will fill an urgent demand for legal, policy, and technical knowledge and will prepare future cyber warriors with the legal knowledge necessary for supporting roles within information assurance and defense.

Curriculum

LL.M. candidates will be required to earn 26 credits in approved courses. The first semester requires that students complete 12-credits of required introduction. The second semester includes 9-credits of required courses, a seminar, and one elective. Students are required to earn 2-academic credits by engaging in a faculty-supervised research and writing project. Students will be expected to complete their degrees within 36 months of initial enrollment in the School of Law.

Faculty

The Director will hire new faculty members in the Spring of 2019. All faculty members will have unique expertise in their fields. They will also serve as advisors and mentors for the LL.M. students.

Board of Advisors

The mission of the Board of Advisors is to provide insight, advice, and resources to the Director of the Program. Board members will demonstrate strong commitment to the Program and St. Thomas University through their distinguished service and advocacy. Nominations for potential new Board members should be directed to the Program Director.

St. Thomas University School of Law is a member of the National CyberWatch Center.

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The Program is developing a partnership with ShoCard to provide an opportunity for faculty and students to experience how blockchain-based identity and authentication solutions improve security and secure personal identification data.

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Administration

Meet the Program Director: Roy Balleste, Professor of Law

Meet the Dean of the School of Law: Tamara Lawson, Professor of Law

Accreditation

St. Thomas University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, law, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Thomas University.

St. Thomas University School of Law has been fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1988. The School of Law is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In 2001, the law school was admitted into the prestigious Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Admissions to this association is competitive, and is attained through a rigorous applications process, site visits, and written reports. Upon our admission, the AALS complimented St. Thomas University School of Law on “its commitment to diversity in the student body, the faculty’s focus on excellence in teaching, the commendable physical plant, the innovative library, and the notable spirit of camaraderie among the broader law school community.”

The ABA does not formally approve any program other than the first degree in law (J.D.). However, STU Law must obtain acquiescence from the ABA prior to commencing of the LL.M. program. The Director is in the process of requesting the required acquiescence.


***This page will be updated on a regular basis. Last updated December 6, 2018.