National Security Crisis Law Simulation

In March 2018, Georgetown Law hosted the National Security Crisis Law Invitational, an intense, complex, full-scale simulation in which 12 crisis storylines unfolded over the course of a week. This was the 10th anniversary of the simulation, and it was the largest and most complex exercise run by Sim Director Laura Donohue.

In this year’s sim, 115 students participated in the Sim, hailing from law schools across the U.S., Canada, as well as the U.K. and Australia.

Professor Laura Donohue is the Sim Director, and relies on help from over 100 control team members, composed of alumni, government officials, and leaders in the national security infrastructure.


“The simulation was the best practical exercise that I have ever participated in from a legal perspective. I have had the opportunity to do a variety of realistic training with the U.S. Army, but it tends to focus on the operational aspects of a scenario and the legal and policy concerns tend to be secondary. The large amount of resources and planning as well as the knowledge and expertise of the control team made the simulation an invaluable learning experience for me in the area of national security law.” 2018 Simulation Student

“The most comprehensive and practical academic experience I’ve ever had.” 2018 Simulation Student