Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

National Security and Civil Rights Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Launched in early 2014 under the leadership of Professors John Dehn, Thomas A. Durkin, and Joseph Ferguson, the National Security and Civil Rights Program (NSCRP) at Loyola University Chicago School of Law seeks to foster a non-partisan understanding of the burgeoning legal intersection of national security and civil liberties in the United States.  The evolving law related to the operation of the national security state has triggered a legal, social, and policy debate over the status of basic constitutional rights, including due process, freedom of association and speech, and privacy. Through academic programming and extracurricular activities, the NSCRP provides law students at Loyola with the foundation to explore the many complex nuances of the national security state manifested in constitutional, statutory, and regulatory rubrics and its multifaceted impact on our democratic government. The NSCRP also seeks to promote public awareness and understanding of these critical issues through symposia and programming devoted to this area of study. Students will also have the opportunity to enroll in practicum courses and participate in a variety of unique clinical and networking activities and opportunities, including externships that include prominent attorneys with expertise in national security-related issues and litigation.