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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs481 Chucky Mullins Drive, University, MS 38677, United States
LLM Program Overview
The University of Mississippi School of Law is a world leader in air and space law education, research, and public service.
This LLM degree program is designed for both US and internationally trained law school graduates interested in a rigorous legal curriculum in US, international, and comparative air and space law. It is the first and only LLM program in the United States offering a combined air and space law postgraduate law degree at an ABA-accredited law school.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
LLM Program Advantages
- Unique emphasis in US air and space law
- Extensive air law expertise and over 45 years in space law
- On-campus or online, full-time or part-time
- Participation, if qualified, in the Journal of Space Law and the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
- Comprehensive air and space law collection
- Access to University of Mississippi Space Law Archives
- American Bar Association-accredited law school
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.
Online students must satisfy the same course requirements as the on-campus students in order to receive the LLM 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.
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. Online students can attend all of the LLM lectures live (synchronous), if the online student connects at the time the courses are being offered. When online students are able to attend live, they will be able to participate in the classroom experience with on-campus students and each other. All students and the professors will be able to see and hear the online students, and vice versa.
Alternatively, if online students cannot attend the live classes, they will download the lectures/PowerPoint slides online (on a computer or mobile phone) at their own convenience, and participate in classroom assignments, discussion forums, and exams/papers.
All students, whether 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 slides, 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.
For more information about the LLM Program in Air and Space Law, please contact:
481 Chucky Mullins Drive
University, MS 38677
LLM students will have access to one of the most comprehensive collections (nearly 3,000 volumes) of air and space law books, journals, treatises, and other legal material in the world. Housed in a new state-of-the-art facility, the University of Mississippi Grisham Law Library provides resources and services to support the teaching and research programs of the law school and the LLM in Air and Space Law program. In addition to the collection of air and space law materials, the library also places special emphasis on the fields of Comparative Law, International Law, and Conflict of Laws, which are necessary for well-rounded scholarship in the field of air and space law.
The Law Library is also part of the Federal Depository Library Program and has access to a significant number of national, international, and foreign legal databases. Additionally, LLM students will have access to the Space Law Archives housed at the University of Mississippi School of Law. In 2007, the University of Mississippi School of Law, through its National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, recognized the need to create an archive to care for the personal correspondence, manuscripts, and professional papers of individuals who dedicated their lives and careers to the development of air and space law. Space law pioneers Andrew G. Haley, Eilene M. Galloway, and Stephen Gorove helped to develop theory, legislation, and institutions devoted to the field. The placement of their papers with the law school evinces the collection donors’ commitment and belief in the law school’s role within the profession and a desire to pass on the accumulated materials and knowledge to the future leaders of the field.
The Space Law Archive serves as the repository for records related to the development of air and space law. The archive’s primary goal is to physically and intellectually organize space law records of enduring value. It also aims to arrange, describe, and house the materials to increase institutional and public access, facilitate research, ensure long-term preservation, aid in exhibitions, and assist in academic and outreach programs for the university as well as national and international professional institutions and agencies. The Space Law Archive documents the history of the field of air and space law and secures and preserves primary and secondary source material. The Space Law Archive facilitates the LLM students’ research and interest in the role of air and space law by providing students with a look at the history of US, foreign, and international legal, intellectual, social, and cultural development.
In January 2011, the law school moved into a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified learning facility, which now houses the new Space Law Archive. Presently, the Space Law Archive’s holdings total more than 60 linear feet, and the law school has plans to increase its physical holdings and online presence to facilitate the research and institutional development of individuals interested in air and space law.
The University of Mississippi School of Law is housed in the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified learning facility. Both on-campus and online LLM students will benefit from the new law school building, which has been designed to facilitate community interaction among students and between students and faculty. The building also is designed to enhance clinical experiences for students and to host conferences for lawyers, judges, and legal scholars. The new law school building features classrooms designed to encourage active learning among on-campus and online law students and to accommodate the latest technology used by both faculty and students. An assortment of classroom sizes enables the law school to offer a number of small- and medium-sized classes, providing an outstanding learning experience for our students.