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Area of Study & Practice

  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • International, Transnational, and Comparative Law

JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

National Security Law

This seminar will address a wide range of national security law issues, beginning with an analysis of the Constitutional architecture for the American national security enterprise and the role played by the three branches of government. In addition, domestic security issues (to include the domestic use of the armed forces), the military justice system, as well as civil-military relations will be surveyed. The seminar will relate the role of international law to the American national security law regime, and it will also review the impact of national security issues on domestic and international business activities. The seminar will further examine governmental authorities to conduct surveillance, as well as the legal parameters of the investigation and prosecution of national security cases in both Article III courts, and by military commission. Further, public access to national security information in civil litigation, and restraints on disclosing and publishing national security information will be addressed. Although class is expected to meet two-hours twice a week, this will afford the opportunity for several "no class" days. Some classes will include guest speakers. There is no final exam, but students are required to complete a 30 page paper on an approved topic. This course will only be offered in the fall.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.


Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. USAF (Ret.)
National Security Law 582.01
Fall 2015
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