Degree Offerings

National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law

 

 

 

This practice area, which has grown exponentially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, explores the nature and origins of the federal government’s foreign relations powers, and U.S. law implementing international law and affecting national security. The field includes law on the use of armed forces and intelligence operations abroad, counterterrorism, homeland security, management of crises, immigration, nonproliferation, treatment of detainees, congressional oversight, and classified information. The two foundational survey courses are U.S. Foreign Relations Law and National Security Law. The remaining advanced courses pursue in greater detail issues raised in the survey courses.

 


JD Concentration

JD candidates may earn Recognition of a JD Concentration in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law by successfully completing (i.e., receiving a grade of C- or better) 14 credits of National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law Advanced Courses (listed in the practice area on p. 96 of the Law School Bulletin as modified in the Spring 21 Bulletin Supplement), including two required courses—National Security Law (6870) and U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)—and 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 Foundation Courses or Advanced 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 Foundation Courses or Advanced Courses lists or on a national security and U.S. foreign relations 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. Note: students cannot obtain concentrations in both National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law and International and Comparative Law or National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law and National Security & Cybersecurity Law.

Courses

Foundation Courses

  • National Security Law (6870)
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)

Advanced Courses

 

  • Litigation with the Federal Government (6240)
  • Admiralty (6293)
  • Reading Group (Crisis and Legal Controversy in the CIA) (6351)
  • Reading Group (Disinformation and National Security) (6351)
  • Immigration Criminal Enforcement (6367)
  • Computer Crime (6369)
  • Law of Separation of Powers (6384)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Congressional Investigations Seminar (6420)
  • Veterans Law (6423)
  • Veterans Advocacy (6428)
  • Information Privacy Law (6486)
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • Immigration Law (6538)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
  • International Law of Human Rights (6546)
  • Space Law (6548)
  • 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 Law (6559)
  • Public International Law Seminar (6562)**
  • Field Placement (6668)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (6869)**
  • National Security Law Seminar (6872)**
  • Military Justice (6873)
  • Comparative Military Law (6874)
  • Counterterrorism Law (6875)
  • Homeland Security Law and Policy (6876)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)
  • Intelligence Law (6878)
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy (6879)
  • Disaster Law (6880)
  • Artificial Intelligence Law and Policy (6881)
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (6882)
  • Counterintelligence Law and Policy (6883)
  • Technology Foundations for Cybersecurity (6884)
  • Transnational Security (6885)
  • Domestic Terrorism (6886)

**For 2021–2022, 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, Foreign Access to U.S. Technology, Law of Secrecy, and Problems Trying Terrorists.

 


LLM Degree

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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