National Security Law Career Guide

Last updated by Michael Umberger
February 2014

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Careers in National Security Law, by Laura Bean, ed. Chicago, IL: ABA, 2008. 
Online (PDF) 

Journal Articles

Taylor, Karen. "Careers in National Security Law", 34 Student Lawyer 29 (Mar. 2006).

Stansky, Lisa. "Homeland Security Creates Legal Jobs On Cutting Edge", 33 Student Lawyer 8 (Oct. 2004).

Beaudette, Marie. "Tom Ridge's Top Lawyer", 11(3) Corporate Counsel (March 2004).

Stansky, Lisa. "National Security is a Growing Field for Legal Activities in Many Settings", 30 Student Lawyer 8 (Mar. 2002).


Journal of National Security Law and Policy
Based at Georgetown Law and Syracuse University Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.

Harvard National Security Journal
Based at Harvard Law School.

National Security Law Journal
Based at George Mason University School of Law

Government Agencies

Central Intelligence Agency (Careers and Internships)

Department of Homeland Security (Careers)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (Careers)

National Security Agency (Careers)


American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
This Committee conducts studies, sponsors programs and conferences, and administers working groups on law and national security-related issues. 

  • Career Planning (listing of organizations that employ national security lawyers)

Center on Law Ethics and National Security
Duke Law School's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security sponsors teaching, research and publications concerning national security law topics, as well as conducting conferences and seminars in the national security field.

Center on National Security and the Law
Georgetown University Law Center's Center on National Security and the Law  provides research, training, outreach, and discussion on issues of national security law. 

Center for National Security Law
University of Virginia Law School's Center for National Security Law has an active publication program and sponsors scholarly conferences and national security law courses.

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism is a multidisciplinary, university-based center for the study of national and international security and terrorism.

National Security & Law Society
Washington College of Law's National Security & Law Society (American University) sponsers speakers and programs to promote the legal aspects and ramifications of national security.


Other organizations may be found using:
Encyclopedia of Associations.  Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1961-
Covers more than 100,000 nonprofit membership associations worldwide. 
Available on Lexis Advance.

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