Loyola Launches Programs in Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law

The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law programs at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles offer students a slate of classes and experiential-learning opportunities to prepare them for the evolving legal demands presented by emerging technology. The first of their kind on the West Coast, the programs draw on Loyola’s traditional strengths in areas like technology, criminal justice, privacy and IP law. The unique curricula will be made available to students pursuing a degree from the school’s multiple programs: Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS)LLM (Master of Laws) for U.S. and foreign trained attorneys and Juris Doctor (JD).

The programs in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law will feature professors and practitioners with unique expertise in the spheres of Silicon Beach, cybercrime law enforcement and engineering. The programs provide individualized advising based on students’ career goals. Flexible scheduling includes both day and evening classes. Graduates of all programs benefit from the 17,000-plus Loyola Law School alumni network.

Last year, cybersecurity and data privacy issues dominated headlines like never before. Retailers became targets of even more sophisticated cyber attacks. Data privacy legislation received unparalleled attention from the tech world and mainstream press. Cybersecurity became a paramount concern for legal professionals. And spending in the cybersecurity market is expected to reach $170 billion

The programs will capitalize on the expertise of Silicon Beach, national security and related sectors based in Los Angeles. They will offer a template for customized curricula, which will include such new courses as Incident Response & Investigation and Cybersecurity & Regulatory Compliance. The programs will integrate the range of already-existing cybersecurity classes, including Cyber & IP Crimes, IP in the Digital Age, and Technology & Privacy. Practical-training opportunities like the Cybercrimes Moot Court competition will satisfy experiential requirements. Following a unique interdisciplinary approach, the law school will offer courses in conjunction with the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

“Loyola is deeply connected to the legal and technological epicenter of Los Angeles. As such, we are uniquely positioned to equip students with the skills needed to help clients with the complex legal demands of the evolving technological landscape,” said Senior Associate Dean Sean Scott, who created the program. “Whether on a local, national or global level, graduates of our cybersecurity offerings should be able to take their expertise wherever duty calls.”

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.


Specializations in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law:

Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS): For those looking to apply a specialized level of knowledge to their careers in technology, aerospace, defense or any related field, the MLS program may be completed in one or two years. MLS students, who participate in classes with JD students, may design their own curriculum. Learn more at lls.edu/mls.

Master of Laws (LLM): The LLM bolsters the credentials of any lawyer looking to provide more value to her or his clients or firm. Completion of the degree signals that its holder possesses superior skills in a quickly emerging field. It is available to American attorneys with at least three years of practice experience, as well as foreign attorneys. Learn more at www.lls.edu/llm.

Concentration in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law: Juris Doctor (JD): Students pursuing a JD at Loyola may pursue a Concentration in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law. Completion of the Concentration requires fulfillment of a capstone experiential requirement, such as the Cybercrimes Moot Court competition. Students graduate with a certificate noting their achievement.