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JD Graduation Requirements

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

Civil Liberties and National Security

This course will systematically explore the relationship between civil liberties and security threats. The topic will be explored through historical study, theoretical inquiry and doctrinal analysis. The course will consider the different methods employed and arguments advanced to resolve questions often phrased as though they have an empirical answer (E.g., "Will we gain enough additional security to justify the imposition of this liberty-reducing measure?"), but which are very often not amenable to simple empiricism. The course will examine past instances in which security threats have produced liberty-reducing government action, to explore both how the action was justified at the time and how it has come to look in hindsight. It will also examine discrete questions on government authority, with special attention paid to initiatives taken after 9/11. A substantial research paper will be required.

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.


Christopher H. Schroeder
Civil Liberties and National Security 756.01
Spring 2007
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Christopher H. Schroeder
Civil Liberties and National Security 756.01
Fall 2005
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