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LL.M. Degree Program

Students selected for the National Security Law LL.M. take part in a rigorous academic program.  The National Security Law LL.M. requires that students complete the Proseminar in National Security Law, coursework both in national security law and possibly in other fields, and a writing requirement.

Proseminar

The Proseminar in National Security Law serves as the gateway course for National Security Law LL.M. students, and it is one of the distinguishing features of the program.

The three credit Proseminar is taught by a full time faculty member and is composed solely of the National Security Law LL.M. students. Taught in the autumn, the course provides students with a basic foundation in national security law and an opportunity to think more broadly about the field.  The course also serves to bring students together to build cohesion among the class.  In addition, the Proseminar helps ensure that students who leave Georgetown Law to join different parts of the national security dialogue—e.g., civilian and military government agencies, human rights organizations, boutique law firms, in-house at high technology companies, contractors, civil liberties organizations, academic institutions, and the like—have an opportunity to be in direct dialogue with each other.

Additional Coursework Requirements

To obtain the LL.M. in National Security Law degree, graduate students who received their JD degree from a law school in the United States must:

  • Successfully complete 24 academic credits, including 18 academic credits ("specialization credits") in courses listed under National Security Law in the course schedule (listed below), including
  • The Proseminar in National Security Law;
  • Either International Law I or Foreign Relations Law if not completed in the prior law degree. Contact Tina Drake Zimmerman to request a waiver if you have taken a prior course that you think will satisfy this requirement;and
  • Earn a cumulative minimum grade point average of "B‑" in the courses that are counted toward the LL.M. in National Security Law specialization requirements.

To obtain the LL.M. in National Security Law degree, graduate students who received their first law degree from a law school outside the United States ("international students") must:

  • Successfully complete 20 academic credits, including 14 academic credits ("specialization credits") in courses listed under National Security Law in the course schedule (listed below), including
  • The Proseminar in National Security Law;
  • Either International Law I or Foreign Relations Law if not completed in the prior law degree. Contact Tina Drake Zimmerman to request a waiver if you have taken a prior course that you think will satisfy this requirement;
  • Earn a cumulative minimum grade point average of "B‑" in the courses that are counted toward the LL.M. in National Security Law specialization requirements.

While not required, it is strongly recommended that foreign-trained students enroll in U.S. Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis.


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