Maryland adds cybersecurity, crisis management LL.M.

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has added two specialties — crisis management and cybersecurity — to its growing list of LL.M. programs.

It is the first LL.M. program in crisis management and the first program to cover all of the various parts of cybersecurity. The cybersecurity L.LM. will focus on cyber crime, emergency management, counterterrorism, national security, foreign intelligence and privacy.

Georgetown University, George Washington University and Western Michigan State – Cooley Law offer LL.M. programs on national security.

The crisis management LL.M. will focus on cybersecurity, emergency planning, bio-terrorism, and public health emergency preparedness and response.

The new LL.M. specialties draw on the academic and practical experience of the University’s Center for Health and Homeland Security, which for more than a dozen years has provided research, consulting and training services to a wide range of foreign and domestic governments and other organizations. The center is led by Professor Michael Greenberger

The school offers courses in:

  • Homeland Security and the Law of Counterterrorism
  • Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response
  • Law and Policy of Cybersecurity
  • Law and Policy of Crisis Management
  • National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Bulk Data Collection: The Withering of the Fourth Amendment

It will also soon offer a course in cyber crime. 

Courses will be taught by Maryland Carey Law faculty as well as practicing professionals.

“The state of Maryland has attracted some of our country’s most important homeland and cybersecurity businesses and government agencies,” said Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald Tobin.  “We are delighted that lawyers from around the world will now have the opportunity to draw on the extraordinary talent and knowledge that Professor Greenberger has assembled.” 

In addition to taking core courses, LL.M. students will have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on, legal policy planning skills by working with top crisis responders and cybersecurity clients on real-world applications. Students will also take courses from across Maryland Carey Law’s extensive curriculum.

“The launch of these LL.M. specialties is at a key time for the emergency management and homeland security field,” said Greenberger.  “More and more our clients are seeking legal professionals who have in-depth knowledge of law and policy surrounding crisis management and cybersecurity. These are both areas that will continue to grow along with the need to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.”

The crisis management and cybersecurity specialties will complement Maryland Carey Law’s existing LL.M. program, which allows students to specialize in business law, clinical law, constitutional law, environmental law, health law, and international and comparative law.

Greenberger will also be teaching courses for the crisis management and cybersecurity specialties that are part of the Master of Science in Law (MSL) launched by Maryland Carey Law for professionals seeking practical legal knowledge to enhance their careers.