National Security Law LL.M.

The National Security Law LL.M. degree is a highly competitive one year advanced degree program, created to give students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking about national security law. Students selected for the National Security Law LL.M. will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty at Georgetown Law, and to further strengthen their understanding of the field.

The National Security Law LL.M. is designed for a wide variety of applicants who hold either a J.D. from a U.S. law school or a first degree in law from a university outside of the U.S., including lawyers looking for vertical advancement or a lateral move or legal professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the field and the opportunity to build their credentials. Students may complete the National Security Law LL.M. on a full-time or part-time basis.

Georgetown Law's expertise in the study of national security law is unparalleled. The depth and breadth of the faculty's experience in the field, including both full-time faculty and visiting and adjunct professors, the range of courses offered, the intellectual life of the institution, the vitality of the Center on National Security and the Law, as well as the Human Rights Institute, provide incredible opportunities for students interested in national security law.

The law school's expertise is bolstered by its position in Washington, D.C., in close proximity to institutions engaged in many different aspects of national security law, such as government institutions and agencies, law firms, private contractors, high technology companies, think tanks, and NGOs.

The school offers a broad range of national security law courses covering topics such as bioterrorism and public health, cyber law, the law of armed conflict, human rights, civil rights and civil liberties, intelligence law, maritime law, national security investigation and prosecution, nonproliferation, procurement, and foreign relations. Many courses include an experiential learning component, allowing students to engage in substantial pieces of writing, sophisticated simulations, judicial proceedings, treaty construction, legislative drafting, and externships.

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