Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialization

Loyola's Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS) with a specialization in Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law, the first of its kind on the West Coast, will feature professors and practitioners with unique expertise in the spheres of Silicon Beach, cybercrime law enforcement, privacy and engineering. It is designed to provide working professionals in the field with legal skills and training that will help them expand their knowledge and skill sets.

The MLS program can be completed in one year, full-time or over the course of two years, part-time. Loyola offers evening courses as well as traditional day courses to provide greater flexibility for your schedule and lifestyle.


Real-World Connections

The program’s organization is based on recommendations from Loyola’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Advisory Group, which includes Wesley Hsu, executive assistant U.S. Attorney, Cyber and IP Crimes Section, Los Angeles; Robert Kang, senior regulatory and cybersecurity counsel, Southern California Edison Company; Jason Smolanoff, former supervisory special agent, FBI Cyber National Security squad; and Nazmul Ula, associate dean for graduate studies & external affairs, Seaver College, LMU.

Courses Include

The programs will offer a template for customized curricula, which will include unique interdisciplinary courses with the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Classes include:

  • Cybersecurity & Regulatory Compliance
  • Cyber & IP Crimes
  • Incident Response & Investigation 
  • IP in the Digital Age
  • Technology & Privacy

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Loyola has one of the largest alumni networks in the world, with a vast number of those alums practicing in the criminal justice system. With the most JD alumni of any law school hired by the Los Angeles DA’s office and the most alumni on Southern California Super Lawyers “Top 100” list you will be in good company as part of Loyola’s alumni network.

The Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialization will be recognized upon the satisfactory completion of 18 units of coursework.  This includes 11 units of required courses and 7 units of electives.  Please note students participating in a specialization are still required to enroll in the two mandatory introduction courses, and enroll in a minimum of 26 units to satisfy the MLS degree requirements.