LL.M. in National Security and Cybersecurity Law


Program Description


This practice area has evolved with the world’s increased connectivity through the use of modern technology and cyberspace and the accompanying growing vulnerabilities from physical and cyber threats. Courses in this practice area explore the use of the internet and technologies, as well as sophisticated cyber actors and nation-states and how they exploit vulnerabilities, steal information and money, and develop methods to disrupt, destroy, or threaten essential services. The field includes a law on the use of securing the critical cyber infrastructure, cyber breaches, armed forces and intelligence operations abroad, counterterrorism, homeland security, management of crises, congressional oversight, and classified information. The two foundational survey courses are National Security Law and Cybersecurity Law and Policy. The remaining advanced courses pursue in greater detail issues raised in the survey courses.


Students who choose not to write a thesis must complete National Security Law (6870), Cybersecurity Law & Policy (6879), 6 credits from the following classes:

  • E-Commerce (6283)
  • Reading Group (BlockChain Law & Tech) (6351)
  • Reading Group (Privacy and Digital Future: AI Robot, Big Data, and More) (6351)
  • Computer Crime (6369)
  • Constitutional Law Seminar (Cyber, Privacy, & Speech) (6399)
  • Communications Law (6412)
  • Telecommunications Law (6414)
  • Public Law Seminar (Telecommunication & Technology) (6426)
  • Computer Law (6484)
  • Law in Cyberspace (6485)
  • Information Privacy Law (6486)
  • Internet Law (6493)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (Artificial Intelligence) (6869)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (Counterintelligence) (6869)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (Foreign Access to U.S. Technology) (6869)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (Technology Foundations for Cybersecurity) (6869)
  • Intelligence Law (6878)

and a minimum of 8 additional credits from either the courses listed above or below,* including at least 2 credits graded on the basis of a research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete National Security Law (6870), Cybersecurity Law and Policy (6879), Thesis (6690-91), 6 credits from the classes listed above, and a minimum of 4 additional credits from the courses listed above or below; they are not required to complete a research paper in addition to the thesis.

  • Law of Separation of Powers (6384)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Congressional Investigations Seminar (6420)
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • International Litigation (6528)
  • Immigration Law I (6538)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
  • International Law of Human Rights (6546)
  • Regional Protection of Human Rights (6547)
  • Space Law (6548)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • Law of War (6552)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Criminal Law (6554)
  • Nation Building and the Rule of the Law (6559)
  • Public International Law Seminar (6562)**
  • Human Rights Lawyering (6568)
  • Field Placement (6668)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (6869)**
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)
  • National Security Law Seminar (6872)**
  • Military Justice (6873)
  • Comparative Military Justice (6874)
  • Counterterrorism Law (6875)
  • Homeland Security Law and Policy (6876)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)
  • Disaster Law (6880)

*Constitutional Law I (6214) and Constitutional Law II (6380) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 14 credits required in the field.

**For 2019–2020, Public International Law Seminars may include Arms Control; National Security Law Seminars may include Domestic Terrorism Law, FISA, and Government Oversight and Investigations; and Selected Topics in National Security Law may include Artificial Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Guantanamo Bay Detention: Ethics, Law & Policy, Foreign Access to U.S. Technology, Law of Secrecy, Problems Trying Terrorists, Technology Foundations for Cybersecurity, and Transnational Security.

Last updated September 2019

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