The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has added two highly sought-after specialties — crisis management and cybersecurity — to its growing Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.
The two-semester LL.M. program offers lawyers the opportunity to advance their legal knowledge in a concentrated area of study.
The new LL.M. specialties draw on the academic and practical experience of the University’s Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), 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.
Under the guidance of law school Professor Michael Greenberger, founder and director of CHHS, the Center has developed five courses at Maryland Carey Law, listed below, plus a soon-to-be-offered course in Cyber Crimes:
- 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
Courses will be taught by Maryland Carey Law faculty as well as practicing professionals from the CHHS staff of more than 60 experts with extensive consulting experience in the two specialties.
“The state of Maryland has attracted some of our country’s most important homeland and cybersecurity businesses and government agencies,” noted 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 at CHHS and our law school.”
The new LL.M. specialties will blend legal theory with practical experience. 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 through CHHS. 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 and his CHHS colleagues 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.