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National Security and Civil Rights Program

Recent U.S. government actions taken in the name of national security have triggered significant law and policy debates. The National Security and Civil Rights Program (NSCRP) explores the intersection of national security and foreign relations powers with civil liberties in the United States.

Topics addressed include presidential powers in matters of defense, trade and immigration as well as the substance and scope of basic constitutional rights, including due process, freedom of association and speech, and privacy.

Through course offerings and extracurricular activities, the NSCRP guides students in exploring many legal nuances of the national security state in constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law. Students also have unique experiential learning and networking opportunities, including externships with prominent organizations and attorneys with expertise in national security-related issues and litigation. The NSCRP also promotes broader public awareness and understanding of these critical issues through outreach, symposia and programming.