nationalsecuritylaw G’town Law Establishes LL.M. Degree Program in National Security Law

* Georgetown Announces LLM Program in National Security Law

From Georgetown’s press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the establishment of an LL.M. degree program in national security law.

"We are delighted to add the LL.M. in national security law to our graduate degree offerings," said Georgetown Law 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."

Candidates in the one-year advanced degree program will be expected to complete a graduate seminar and coursework in national security law, as well as a writing requirement. They will also have the opportunity to take other courses at the Law Center and on the Georgetown main campus.

Georgetown Law has one of the strongest national security law programs in the country. More than a dozen members of the full-time faculty, as well as over 60 adjuncts from the national security bar, the bench, and the NGO community, teach a broad range of courses in the field. Over the last ten years, more than 100 of these courses have been offered at the Law Center.

Georgetown Law is also home to the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law. The Center 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 Center projects focus on the state secrets privilege, emerging technologies, biological weapons and quarantine law, security clearances, habeas corpus, cybersecurity, military ethics, and civilian and military relations.

The Center also partners with Georgetown Law’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, as well as the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which carries out projects on cyberlaw and reorganization of the intelligence community.

"The study of national security law is vitally important right now," said Professor David Luban, acting director of the Georgetown 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."

In addition to national security law, Georgetown offers LL.M. degree programs in international legal studies, global health, securities and financial regulation, taxation, and international business and economic law.

Complete details for the LL.M. in National Security Law can be found here:

Author Profile

Robert M. Chesney
Robert M. Chesney is Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at UT-Austin School of Law. Chesney is a national security law specialist, with a particular interest in problems associated with terrorism. Professor Chesney recently served in the Justice Department in connection with the Detainee Policy Task Force created by Executive Order 13493. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board, a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Chesney has published extensively on topics ranging from detention and prosecution in the counterterrorism context to the states secrets privilege. He served previously as chair of the Section on National Security Law of the Association of American Law Schools and as editor of the National Security Law Report (published by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security). His upcoming projects include two books under contract with Oxford University Press, one concerning the evolution of detention law and policy and the other examining the judicial role in national security affairs.
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