National Security Law and Practice Seminar

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar will examine a series of urgent and difficult national security legal and policy issues. With a focus on counterterrorism, we will consider: the structure and regulation of the intelligence community; the scope of foreign intelligence surveillance; counterterrorism operations and lethal targeting; the detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists; the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases; the emerging challenge of cybersecurity; and the role of national security lawyers. The core requirement of this seminar is informed and thoughtful classroom discussion. The reading for the course will include judicial opinions, congressional and oversight reports, and a variety of commentary, and will reflect the wide range of views on these questions. We will use the reading material each week to inform our dialogue in class and to provoke debate, including scenario-based discussions, about these challenging issues. From the perspective of the national security lawyer, we will consider the issues in the context of real-world operations and government decision-making.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write six short papers during the semester (3 pages each) submitted directly to the Professor (not via EXPO). Deadlines to be announced.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: No Mutual Exclusions
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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