Law Student Requirements

As cyber crimes grow, so do employment opportunities in legal areas related to these crimes. Through the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program, Illinois Law students have the opportunity to join a growing field while receiving funds for tuition and a stipend.

Law students will follow a customized specialization program that includes the core cyber security courses, plus the courses that their degree program requires.


  • Students must have some computer science or engineering background; those with degrees in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Only students enrolled at Illinois Law are eligible for ICSSP.
  • Eligible candidates must have successfully completed one year of law school to be considered.
  • Candidates must be available to interview on campus this summer.

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Illinois College of Law is a 3-year, 90-credit program. There are 30 credits of required courses in the first year, with a number introducing concepts that are relevant to cyber security and related litigation. The second- and third-year courses are all electives, with the exception of Professional Responsibility. An "Upper Level Writing Requirement" is completed under the supervision of a professor and requires a “substantial research paper” of at least 6,000 words; it can satisfy ICSSP’s research paper requirement.

Law students are permitted to take up to 6 credit hours in another college at the University of Illinois to satisfy the 90-credit-hour requirement, and the courses can include the computer security courses offered through the Computer Science department. In order to specialize in cyber security and participate in ICSSP, law students will be required to take CS 463 and CS 563; they will then choose at least 9 to 12 hours of the COL courses listed in upper-level course list below. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.


First-Year Law School Courses

Upper-Level Law School Courses

Law 601: Contracts

Law 602: Property

Law 603: Torts

Law 604: Criminal Law

Law 606: Constitutional Law I

Law 607: Civil Procedure I

Law 609: Legal Writing and Analysis

Law 610: Introduction to Advocacy

Law 627: Legal Research

Law 682: Evidence

Law 605: Criminal Procedure: Investigations

Law 793: Pre-Trial Litigation

Law 638: White Collar Crime

Law 795: Federal Criminal Practice Seminar

Law 795: International Criminal Law

Law 792: Laws of War

Law 797: Introduction to Intellectural Property

Law 797: Law and Regulation of Cyberspace


More questions about the program? Please contact College of Law Prof. Jay Kesan (