Clinic: National Security - Skills

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NOTE: To apply, all interested students should send a transcript, resume, and letter of interest to Eddie Maraboto, the Administrator for the National Security Clinic, at The initial application deadline is the end of the early registration period. Applications submitted after early registration will be reviewed on a rolling basis and additional students may be admitted if spots are available. Students must register for both 397C and 397D for a total of 6 hrs. The National Security Clinic offers students the unique opportunity to work directly on issues relating to the government's investigation, prosecution, and detention policies in its counter-terrorism efforts both domestic and abroad. Students in the clinic will work on a wide variety of issues, including: the detention and treatment of persons alleged to be unlawful combatants; the designation and closing of charitable organizations on allegations of terrorism financing; military justice, courts-martial and the treatment of civilian contractors and soldiers during wartime; the intersections of national security and the freedoms of speech, association, and religion; the scope of executive powers during wartime; and national security justifications for warrantless searches and seizures and other invasions of privacy. In past semesters, students have engaged in direct representation, written amicus briefs, and participated in district court civil and habeas litigation. Students have also worked on legislative and regulatory projects and drafted materials for policymakers. Students will hone lawyering skills while exploring broader issues relating to the law of war, national security, and civil rights and civil liberties. Students who have taken the Rule of Law in Wartime course are encouraged to apply but it is not required. First-semester second-year students are welcome to enroll. Permission of the instructors is required to register. Enrollment is limited.