Loyola's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Programs
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 curriculum is 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 feature professors and practitioners with unique expertise in the spheres of Silicon Beach, cybercrime law enforcement and engineering. Professors include Tracey Freed '05, recently named to the Daily Journal's "Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers 2018." 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 18,000-plus Loyola Law School alumni network.
The programs capitalize on the expertise of Silicon Beach, national security and related sectors based in Los Angeles. They offer a template for customized curricula, which will include such new courses as Incident Response & Investigation and Cybersecurity & Regulatory Compliance. The programs integrate the range of already-existing cybersecurity classes, including IP in the Digital Age, Technology & Privacy and Incident Response & Investigation (Cyber Forensics), taught by Robert Kang, senior attorney and in-house counsel at the Southern California Edison Company. Practical-training opportunities like the Cybercrimes Moot Court competition satisfy experiential requirements.
Loyola's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law students are regularly offered networking opportunities via programs like "Welcome to the Dark Web: Plain English Intro for Business Leaders and Lawyers," to be held Jan. 29, 2018 and featuring Prof. Kang. Other opportunities include the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Assocation series TechTainment
The program’s organization is based on recommendations from Loyola’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Advisory Group, which includes Wesley Hsu, Deputy U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles; Robert Kang, senior regulatory and cybersecurity counsel, Southern California Edison Company; Jason N. Smolanoff, Kroll, Senior Managing Director, Global Cyber Security Practice Leader; 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.