Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Courses M - S

519: National Security Law

Credit Hours



This course is an introduction to several topical areas of national security law.  Students will first learn the fundamentals of the government’s national security powers, which include issues surrounding separation of powers and government roles implicated by foreign relations.  The next phase of the course focuses on the origins and evolving limitations of intelligence operations.  The intelligence component of the course includes identifying the roles of various intelligence agencies, such as the DIA and NSA, as well as analyzing legal problems connected to the intelligence field.  Encompassed in the intelligence component is discussion about law enforcement’s role as related to intelligence and about access to national security information.  The intelligence component segues into the coordination of terrorism investigations and related issues, such as the criminalization of terrorism, material support crimes, and Fourth Amendment considerations. The class will not require a final exam, but will include a ten-page final paper. (O'Malley)