National Security & Cybersecurity Law

This practice area has evolved with the world’s increased connectivity through the use of modern technology and cyberspace and the accompanying growing vulnerabilities from physical and cyber threats. Courses in this practice area explore the use of the internet and technologies, as well as sophisticated cyber actors and nation-states and how they exploit vulnerabilities, steal information and money, and develop methods to disrupt, destroy, or threaten essential services. The field includes law on the use of securing the critical cyber infrastructure, cyber breaches, armed forces and intelligence operations abroad, counterterrorism, homeland security, management of crises, congressional oversight, and classified information. The two foundational survey courses are National Security Law and Cybersecurity Law and Policy. The remaining advanced courses pursue in greater detail issues raised in the survey courses.




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Webinar: Master's Degrees in Cybersecurity

Learn about the flexible programs in cybersecurity law offered at the George Washington University Law School, including:

  • MSL in National Security and Cybersecurity Law
  • MSL in Government Procurement and Cybersecurity
  • Specialized LLM in National Security and Cybersecurity Law

Take courses online or on our downtown Washington, DC campus. Our flexible programs are designed for the working professional. No JD is Required. (DAU transfer credits accepted.)

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JD Concentration

JD candidates may earn Recognition of a JD Concentration in National Security and Cybersecurity Law by successfully completing (i.e., receiving a grade of C- or better) 14 credits of coursework in National Security and Cybersecurity Law (listed in the practice area on pp. 96-97 of the Law School Bulletin as modified in the Spring 21 Bulletin Supplement), including the following required courses — National Security Law (6870), Cybersecurity Law and Policy (6879), and Technology Foundations for Cybersecurity (6884) or National Security Law (6870) and Cybersecurity Law and Technology (6890)  —and four cyber law credits from the Advanced Courses listed in the Bulletin plus two credits graded on the basis of a research paper that meets the standards for the law school’s legal writing requirement, either written in conjunction with one of the required, advanced, or additional courses in the practice area or, with advance approval of the program director, written for a journal, independent legal writing, or a course that is not included in the Bulletin list on a national security and cybersecurity law topic. Up to two credits earned through a national security-related Field Placement (6668) may count toward the concentration credits, with approval of the program director. (Students who have a background in information technology may submit a request to the program director to obtain a waiver from Technology Foundations enrollment.) Note: students cannot obtain concentrations in both National Security and Cybersecurity Law and International and Comparative Law or concentrations in both National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law and National Security & Cybersecurity Law.



Foundation Courses

  • National Security Law (6870)
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy (6879)
  • Technology Foundations for Cybersecurity (6884)
  • Cybersecurity Law and Technology (6890)

Advanced Courses

Reading Group (Blockchain Law and Policy) (6351)
Reading Group (Disinformation and National Security: Legal Approaches) (6351)
Computer Crime (6396)
Constitutional Law Seminar (Cyber, Privacy and Speech) (6399)
Telecommunications Law (6414)
Public Law Seminar (Telecommunication and Technology) (6426)
Computer Law (6484)
Law in Cyberspace (6485)
Information Privacy Law (6486)
Internet Law (6493)
Space Law (6548)
Intelligence Law (6878)
Artificial Intelligence Law and Policy (6881)
Counterintelligence Law and Policy (6883)

Foreign Access to US Technology (6891)
Selected Topics in Cybersecurity Law (6892)


Additional Courses

  • Immigration Criminal Enforcement (6367)
  • Law of Separation of Powers (6384)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Congressional Investigations Seminar (6420)
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • Immigration Law I (6538)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
  • International Law of Human Rights (6546)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • Law of War (6552)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Criminal Law (6554)
  • Nation Building and the Rule of the Law (6559)
  • Selected Topics in Public International Law (6561)**
  • Public International Law Seminar (6562)**
  • Field Placement (6668)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (6869)**
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)
  • National Security Law Seminar (6872)**
  • Military Justice (6873)
  • Comparative Military Justice (6874)
  • Counterterrorism Law (6875)
  • Homeland Security Law and Policy (6876)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)
  • Disaster Law (6880)
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (6882)
  • Transnational Security (6885)
  • Domestic Terrorism (6886)
  • Problems Trying Terrorists in Article III Courts (6887)
  • Crisis and Legal Controversy in the Central Intelligence Agency (6888)
  • Aviation Law and National Security (6889)

**For 2022–2023, Public International Law Seminars may include Arms Control; National Security Law Seminars may include Internal Investigations, Modern Politics, and the Office of the Inspector General; and Selected Topics in National Security Law may include Guantanamo Bay Detention: Ethics, Law & Policy, and Law of Secrecy.


LLM Degree Specialization

For those who have already earned a JD, a specialization in the Master of Laws (LLM) is offered in National Security and Cybersecurity Law.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including coursework that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.


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Master of Studies in Law

A Master of Studies in Law (MSL), a degree designed for non-lawyers interested in law, can now be received with a concentration in Cybersecurity.