Program - Homeland and National Security Law

Program Overview

The Master of Laws in Homeland and National Security will address all the laws of Homeland Security, and are consistent with Professor McDaniel's most recent role at the Pentagon for Homeland Defense Strategy, Force Planning and Mission Assurance, including:

The LLM Program will also offer electives in intelligence law and privacy, cybersecurity, emergency management, risk management and critical infrastructure, military domestic operations and practical courses in federal contracting and administrative law.

Program Requirements

Students wishing to focus their expertise and enhance their career in Homeland and National Security Law may earn a master of laws by obtaining an additional 24 credit hours of course work; including 12 credit hours of required course work and an additional 12 credit hours of elective courses.


Course Descriptions (pdf)

Course Schedule (pdf)

Required Courses:

Homeland Security Law I - Surveys the laws of Homeland Security.  Reviews the statutes, executive orders and regulations as well as the theory, practice, and challenges for securing the American Homeland against terrorist attack and major natural disasters, with an equal emphasis on prevention and counter-terrorism and on response. 

Homeland Security Law II, Comparative Laws of Homeland Security - Assesses the laws of nations through a comparative analysis perspective, looking at how homeland security is accomplished in nations other than the United States. 

National Security Law I - Examines the competing conceptions and definitions of terrorism at the national and international level and the institutions and processes designed to execute the war on terrorism. 

National Security Law II - Law of Terrorism - This course addresses the legal aspects of the U.S. government's "war" on terrorism. It focuses on the crimes and special approaches to criminal procedure (including bases for extended detention and special rules of investigation) as well as consideration for how they may differ from much of ordinary criminal process.

Elective Courses available:

Focus your law career with an advanced legal degree. Understand what makes our program special and how to get started.


Michael McDaniel, BG (start at 6:50). Comments delivered at the 5th Annual Homeland Defense Consortium, November 18, 2010.

Members include the Heritage Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Homeland Security and Policy Institute , George Washington University. More than 200 Homeland Defense and Security stakeholders from the United States, Europe and other countries, many of whom were senior leaders and well known subject matter experts attended the event.

Program Details

Contact Us

Michael C.H. McDaniel
Director of Homeland and National Security Law Program
(248) 751-7800, ext. 7755

Cathy J. McCollum
Director, Graduate & Extended Programs

(517) 371-5140, ext. 2703

Vanessa Ramakers
Administrative Assistant
Graduate and Extended Programs
(248) 751-7800, ext. 7783

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