Homeland and National Security

Homeland and National Security Law - Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

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National security is critical to making our world safe. Be the person who knows the laws to do it.

Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. Program

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. The program includes study in air and transportation security, border security, military operations in the homeland, intelligence and privacy issues, technology and cybersecurity, as well as practical courses on federal contracting and administrative agencies.

WMU-Cooley Homeland and National Security LL.M. program

Overview

The program addresses all the laws of Homeland Security on the topics of:

• counter-terrorism
• immigration
• border
• maritime and transportation security
• public health and bioterrorism
• intelligence and individual rights.

The LLM Program also offers 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 completing 24 credit hours of course work, including 12 credit hours of required course work and an additional 12 credit hours of elective courses.

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:

  • Constitutional Issues in Homeland and National Security
  • Directed Study
  • Externship
  • Homeland and National Security Law Review
  • Intelligence Law and Privacy
  • Master’s Thesis/Research Project
  • Military Law
  • Military Operations Law
  • Physical Security of Critical Infrastructure and Risk Management
  • Scholarly Writing
  • Veterans Law Seminar

Homeland Law Student Publishes Article

Samantha Arrington Sliney earned her LL.M. in Homeland and National Security Law from WMU-Cooley Law School in May 2016. She published an article in the Harvard Security Journal (NSJ). The paper was first submitted for requirements in National Security Law II course in the LL.M. degree. The article details the procedural history of U.S. v. al-Bahlul, which is a U.S. Military Commission case that is now on appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments on this question on Dec. 1, 2015. The article was published by the Harvard National Security Law Journal on March 22, 2016. Read the Article here


Michael C.H. McDaniel
Director of Homeland and National Security Law Program 

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