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New Degree Program in National Security Law Established


David Luban, acting director of Georgetown Law Center's Center on National Security and the Law, said the new graduate degree program in national security law will help students "deepen their understanding of this critical area, and to help provide them with the foundation for future careers in the field." (Photo by Rhoda Baer)

January 7, 2011 – Capitalizing on its many experts in the field, Georgetown’s Law Center will offer a new graduate degree in national security law this fall.

“The study of national security law is vitally important right now,” said David Luban, acting director of the law school’s Center on National Security and the Law. “We are excited to offer our graduate students a highly rigorous program that will deepen their understanding of this critical area, and to help provide them with the foundation for future careers in the field.”

Students in the one-year, highly competitive degree program will complete a graduate seminar and coursework in national security law. They also will meet a writing requirement and have the opportunity to take other courses at the Law Center and on Georgetown’s Main Campus.

Strong, Diverse Program

“We are delighted to add the LL.M. in national security law to our graduate degree offerings,” said Law Center Dean William M. Treanor. “Several members of our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field, and I can think of no better place to study this area of the law than Washington, D.C.”

Georgetown’s Law Center has one of the strongest national security law programs in the country. In addition to its full-time faculty experts in the field, the center has more than 60 adjuncts from the national security bar, bench and NGO community. Over the past 10 years, faculty members have taught more than 100 national security law courses.

National Center

Faculty experts in the field aren’t the only attraction for students.

The university’s Center on National Security and the Law operates a daily security law blog, provides pro bono legal advice on security litigation, works with members of Congress on public policy initiatives, provides non-partisan advice to members and their staffs on security issues and sponsors numerous discussions, lectures and programs.

Current projects at the center focus on state secrets privilege, emerging technologies, biological weapons and quarantine law, security clearances, habeas corpus, cybersecurity, military ethics and civilian and military relations.

The center partners with the Law Center’s Human Rights Institute, which offers programs on detention and interrogation, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and the boundary between national security and criminal law. It also collaborates with the law school’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which carries out projects on cyberlaw and reorganization of the intelligence community.

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