The University of Mississippi School of Law is a world leader in air and space law education, research, and public service.
This LL.M. degree program is designed for both U.S. and foreign-trained law school graduates interested in a rigorous legal curriculum in U.S., international, and comparative air and space law. It is the first and only LL.M. program in the U.S. offering a combined air and space law postgraduate law degree at an ABA-accredited law school.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
LL.M. Program Advantages
- The unique emphasis on U.S. air and space law.
- Extensive air law expertise and over 45 years in space law.
- On-campus or online, full-time or part-time.
- Participate, if qualified, in the Journal of Space Law.
- Comprehensive air and space law collection.
- Access to University of Mississippi Space Law Archives.
- American Bar Association accredited law school.
All LL.M. students will be required to successfully complete six core-courses: Comparative National Space Law, International Space Law, Private International Air Law, Public International Air Law, U.S. Aviation Law, and U.S. Space Law. Additionally, LL.M. students will have to complete three thesis-writing courses, and produce a thesis of publishable quality. Students will also have the opportunity to take elective courses in lieu of the standard core-courses.
(26 Credit Hours)
- U.S. National Aviation Law 3
- U.S. National Space Law 3
- Public International Air Law 3
- Master’s Thesis I (Advisor) 1
- (Elective: Space Security Law 3)
- Semester Credits 10
- International Space Law 3
- Private International Air Law 3
- Comparative National Space Law 3
- Master’s Thesis II (Advisor) 1
- (Elective: International Aviation Finance and Leasing Law 3)
- (Elective: International Telecommunication Law 3)
- (Elective: Remote Sensing Law 3)
- Semester Credits 10
- Master’s Thesis III (Advisor) 6
- Semester Credits 6
Total Credits 26
Part-Time – Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Air and Space Law
The part-time LL.M. in Air and Space Law is ideal for practicing attorneys who want the added advantage of an LL.M. but who prefer to continue working while earning the degree. Admission requirements to the part-time program are the same as for the full-time program.
Following admission, a change in status (i.e., part-time to full-time) requires the approval of the Director.
Part-time students must satisfy the same course requirements as the full-time students in order to receive the LL.M. degree. All students must successfully complete a minimum of 26 credit hours.
Part-time students will work with the Director to design a course schedule that suits each student’s needs. This is essential since part-time students will not take the same number of courses per semester as full-time students. This custom schedule is intended to facilitate each student’s successful completion of the LL.M. program in two years.
On-Line Mode – Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Air and Space Law
With the online option, a practitioner can take courses anytime and anywhere without the time and geographical constraints required to attend on-campus courses.
Admission requirements to the part-time program are the same as for the full-time program.
Following admission, a change in status (i.e., online to on-campus) requires the approval of the Director.
On-line students must satisfy the same course requirements as the on-campus students in order to receive the LL.M. degree. All students must successfully complete a minimum of 26 credit hours.
The course materials, deadlines, and grading standards will be the same for online and on-campus students. The only difference between the two is where the student is located.
On-line Student Experience
The online requirements are identical to the on-campus requirements. Both options are exactly the same in terms of curriculum, thesis requirements, exams, and student participation. On-line students can attend all of the LL.M. lectures live (synchronous) if the online student connects at the time the courses are being offered. When online students are able to attend live, the online student will be able to participate in the classroom experience with on-campus students and other online students live. All students and the professors will be able to see and hear the online students, and vice-a-versa.
Alternatively, if the online student cannot attend the live classes, the online student will attend at his or her own convenience by downloading the lectures/PowerPoint slides online (on the computer or mobile phone) and participating in classroom assignments, discussion forums, and exams/papers.
All students, regardless if on-campus or online, will be able to access the courses anytime and anyplace with a computer or phone with an Internet connection. We will also use Blackboard which will allow professors to post course information such as their syllabi, PowerPoint, lecture materials, notes, assignments, tests, announcements, and discussion forums. The discussion forums will enable all students and professors to post questions, answers, and comments 24/7 and from any location around the globe.
To be considered for the LL.M. program in Air and Space Law, an applicant must have a J.D. degree (Juris Doctor) from an accredited U.S. law school or a first law degree (J.D., LL.B., and Bachelor of Laws) from a foreign law school. To see a list of minimum degree requirements to obtain the law degree by country, visit the LSAC Minimum Degree Requirements website.
In evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee takes into consideration the applicant’s grades and rank in his or her law school and other university studies, letters of recommendation, areas of interest, proposed thesis topic, and professional and personal accomplishments.
English Language Requirement
The University of Mississippi School of Law requires official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) before admitting an applicant whose primary language is not English. The minimum score required is 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7.0 on the IELTS.