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National Security Law Seminar

June 10-14, 2024

In this one-week professional seminar, gain an understanding of the U.S. legal institutions, policies, and practices related to the national security field.

Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Seminar is a non-credit program designed for legal professionals and others trained outside the United States, including attorneys, policy makers, military officers, police officials, cybersecurity experts, and others. Over 16 hours of interactive instruction, you will receive a broad introduction to U.S. national security law’s key elements and actors, as well as their interplay with international law including international humanitarian law.

Classroom instruction will be led by Dean Bobby Chesney of the University of Texas at Austin Law School, with the participation of other experts including staff from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

About the Program

In each of the four days of classes, you will get an interactive approach to understanding key elements of U.S. national security law.

  • The program begins with a survey of the organization and processes of U.S. national security law, focusing on key U.S. government agencies and the legal tools with which they work. 
  • It then examines current issues in surveillance and cybersecurity law, followed by a review of timely topics such as the use of force under international law (including international humanitarian law) and the treatment of counterterrorism under U.S. domestic law.
  • The program concludes with a special keynote presentation, hosted by Columbia Law School’s National Security Law program, followed by a networking reception alongside that program’s alumni and invited guests.

What: A total of 16 hours of in-person instruction, taught over the course of 4 days on the topic of national security law. At the end of the program, you will receive an official Statement of Participation.

Where: Columbia University’s iconic campus in the City of New York.

When: June 10-14, 2024

Who: This broad survey course is designed for professionals trained outside the United States, including lawyers, policy makers, military personnel, police officers, cybersecurity experts, and others.

Cost, Deposit, and Payment: The program fee is $2,700 for one week with on-campus housing, or $2,200 for one week without housing. The fee includes a networking breakfast, closing reception, and official Statement of Participation.

All participants are asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of $700 (If requesting accommodation) or $500 (if not requesting accommodation) within two weeks of being invited to join the program, which will be credited towards the overall program fee. The balance of the program fee is due on May 1. 

Housing: A limited number of private rooms are available in Columbia University student residence halls, and are available to program participants for as long as space remains open.

Cancellation: Refunds may be available in limited circumstances, such as program cancellation, health emergencies, visa denials, etc.. Please see FAQs for more information.

See more information in FAQs. For further information, please email [email protected].