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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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National Security Law (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-661
- Class Number: 03327
- Instructor: Rebecca Lonergan
This course will introduce students to the sources, nature, and enforcement of U.S. national security law. The focus will be on domestic law, rather than international law. The course content will include a general overview of the nature of war; the nature of U.S. intelligence and counterintelligence operations; cybersecurity and the use of electronic surveillance; the use of data mining and watch lists; terrorism and counterterrorism efforts; the nature and handling of classified information; and the prosecution of national security violations. Every effort will be made to connect what we are learning with current events that involve national security. Accordingly, the syllabus may change during the semester if significant national-security-related events occur.
Students will be required to research, write, and present a 20-25 page paper on a topic relating to national security law. Class participation is also required and will be taken into account in students=grades. Class lectures and discussions will be based on the assigned readings, current events, and students’ research projects. There are no prerequisites for this course.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: T/Th 9:30 am - 10:45 am
- Room Number: Room 12
- Exam: Paper
- Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
- Skills Requirement: no
- Participation: Points will be awarded
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