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Law School Introduces New Homeland and National Security Law Concentration

The George Mason University School of Law Curriculum Committee has approved a new specialty concentration in Homeland and National Security Law, enabling students who are interested in specializing in this field to present potential employers, both in government and the private sector, with credentials reflecting a solid foundation in homeland and national security law.

The new Homeland and National Security Law Concentration requires students to take six courses: Administrative Law, Homeland Security Law, and National Security Law, plus three elective courses selected from a list of twelve.

Mason Law currently has four tenured and tenure-track faculty who teach in the fields of homeland and national security law (Professors Jonathan Mitchell, Jeremy Rabkin, Neomi Rao, and Nathan Sales), as well as numerous adjunct faculty who have taught related courses at the law school for years. In addition, the law school offers a wide array of courses ranging from a standard introduction to national security law to specialty courses like aviation law, immigration law, international law, privacy law, and technology and terrorism. The law school's close relationship with the Center for Infrastructure Protection offers opportunities to supplement in-house expertise with outside and affiliated experts in homeland and national security law, as well.

The addition of the new concentration brings to 11 the number of concentrations available to George Mason Law students, who through them have the opportunity to gain expertise in a particular substantive area of law while still maintaining the flexibility to take electives on a broad range of topics. The other ten concentrations are in Corporate and Securities Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Business Law, Legal and Economic Theory, Litigation Law, Personal Law, Regulatory Law, Tax Law, and Technology Law.

George Mason law students also enjoy a unique opportunity to specialize and focus their legal studies in the areas of Litigation Law, Patent Law, and Regulatory Law through three specialty track programs. The specialty tracks offer students the kind of sophisticated understanding of particular practice areas usually gained only after years of practice or through advanced legal study.