2015-2016 School of Law Catalog 
    
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LAW 371 - National Security Law.


This course will cover the United States national security legal framework and how that framework is manifested across fields of law. There have been important legal changes in the post-9/11 environment and those changes continue to evolve rapidly. From a foundational perspective, the course will examine the real or perceived prerogatives of the President and the distribution of power among the three branches. There will be a focus on the tension between national security and key civil liberties - such as the First and Fourth Amendments, Due Process, Privacy, the Writ of habeas corpus, and statutory protections. Topics covered will include intelligence gathering; terrorism; detention; the PATRIOT Act; espionage; role of the military; cybersecurity; telecommunications; and legal processes. In addition, we will review topics with practical implications for attorneys across all branches of government and the impact of national security law on criminal prosecutions.  This is an exam course, but, with the instructor’s permission, students may instead take this class to fulfill their second-year writing requirement. Two hours. Keefer



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