National Security Law and the Intelligence Community: Surveillance and Covert Action

Class Unique: 28495

Interested in how law regulates the activities of the CIA, the NSA, and other parts of the U.S. Intelligence Community? This is your class. No prior knowledge of the topic or these institutions is required, and students from any graduate program at UT are welcome to sign up. We will begin with an orientation to these institutions, their history, and their functions, and then we will explore the legal and policy issues they raise. Much of the course is concerned with surveillance and other forms of information collection (think NSA, Snowden, FISA, and the like). Other key topics include the law regulating "covert action," assassination, and working with "dirty assets." Note: there is no casebook for this class; all materials will be provided to you via Canvas, with an option to pick up printouts if you wish (at no cost to you). Feel free to email me ( if you have questions.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Tuesday, Wednesday 9:05 - 10:20 am TNH 3.125
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 5/10/19 1:30 pm A-Z

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • No materials required