National Security Law

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 68/70
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • WB101
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course surveys the framework of domestic and international laws that variously authorize and constrain the U.S. government’s effort to combat threats to the nation. "National security" can mean many things, but this course will focus primarily on (i) the use of military force; (ii) the activities of the intelligence community (including covert action and intelligence collection); and (iii) cyber and other technological threats and responses. Recent developments – including the U.S. Government's collection of telephonic and electronic metadata; U.S. tensions with Iran; and efforts to protect U.S. infrastructure against Chinese intrusions – will inform our consideration of those areas of law. Throughout the class, we will wrestle with the substantive tensions that inevitably arise between national security imperatives and privacy, as well as questions about who decides how to strike that balance.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM