CourseNational Security Law and Litigation - Law 656J
Instructor Suzane Doucette   View Faculty Page
Emailsuzanedelta3@aol.com
Units 2 - Graded
Prerequisites: Completion of first year of law school or permission of instructor 
Recommended Courses: Constitutional Law I 
Overview

This 2-credit class will address the law governing national security investigations, foreign and domestic, and related litigation.  Topics will include electronic surveillance, FISA, the Terrorist Surveillance Program, the Classified Information Procedures Act encompassing the handling of classified information at trial, and recent cases in national security law.  We will complete the class with a practical problem regarding the federal response to a bioterrorist attack.  National Security Law is often inaccessible, and can be particularly hard to follow when divorced from the context of historical tradition, governmental structures and the operational reality in which it functions.  Without disclosing and classified or confidential information, this class will attempt to present the law in context. 

 
Materials

The casebook will be National Security Law, Dycus, Berney, Banks, & Raven-Hansen.  Additionally, pertinent handouts will be prepared and presented.  Students should expect an assignment of 25-50 pages per class.  

 
Course Format Lecture and Discussion. Class attendance and participation are expected.  
Written Assignments  
Type of Exam The exam will consist of multiple choice and essay questions and will cover the assigned reading, class discussions, and lectures. There will be an optional exam review TBA. 
Basis for grading Grades will be based upon a final examination (75%) and (25%) class participation. Grading based on participation and attendance: Although most students will get full credit, it is possible that some students will have their grades raised or lowered based on class participation of distinctive quality.  
Additional Comments

OFFICE HOURS:

TBA.  Office number unknown at this time.  Telephone 520-909-0152, email suzanedelta3@aol.com.  Please feel free to call, e-mail or stop by my office at any time.  (If I am preparing for class or otherwise unavailable, I will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment).   I will assume that any emailed questions can be posted on a forum unless specifically stated to the contrary. 

 

 
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