Prosecuting Terrorism and Cases Involving National Security

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites:
Criminal Law Criminal Law is a prerequisite for this course, and Criminal Procedure is suggested but not required.

This course is divided into three areas. First, the course analyzes the body of substantive criminal statutes addressing acts of terrorism and protecting the nation’s security. Case studies are used to provide appropriate context. Second, the course analyzes statutes pertaining to national security investigations, provides case studies, and discusses challenging evidentiary issues in national security cases. Third, the course focuses on actual prosecutions. Some concepts, such as the government’s obligation to turn over exculpatory evidence and sentencing-related issues, are generally applicable throughout the criminal justice system. Others, such as the use of classified information, are unique to national security law. Both areas are discussed in detail. Criminal Law is a prerequisite for this course, and Criminal Procedure is suggested but not required.