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Here's what you'll study

The emergence of a global economy and the resurgence of religious fundamentalism have dramatically changed how we interact with the world. Finding the solutions that keep nations safe and at the same time foster international cooperation presents some of the greatest challenges of our time. If you're looking for a true professional challenge, a way to change the world...you just might find it here.

Through the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University, the Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University have developed an extensive security studies curriculum. The curriculum delivers a compelling interdisciplinary blend of anthropology, communications, history, international relations, information science and law.

Here are some of the challenging subjects you'll study>>

Here are some of the possibilities

The unabated threat of international terrorism has spurred dramatic growth in both the public and private sectors with respect to national security and counterterrorism. This sign of our times has also opened the door to many new challenging legal career opportunities. Continue your education with Syracuse University College of Law and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and you just might find a job where you really have the opportunity to change the world.

National security law as a specialty area often intersects with other general areas of law like torts, contracts, ethics, technology, and administration, among others. You may consider developing multiple areas of expertise to maximize your options post graduation. National security law combined with, for example, technology, public administration or business, can help you determine what your post graduation options will be in the job market.

In the end, you might end up working for the CIA or other governmental agencies that directly address national security concerns. Or, perhaps you'll become general counsel for a corporation regarding national security related contracts with the government. Maybe you'll opt for private practice, advising companies of their rights when sharing information with the government, or with regard to complying with new homeland security laws. In fact, larger law firms have even formed specialty practice groups to address the concerns of national security and counterterrorism. And these examples are just a small sample of what might be ahead for you.

Explore your options at Syracuse College of Law and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, and discover exciting possibilities for your future.

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that's integrated into a major university. Here are some of the places you'll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there's plenty of excitement to find here as well.

College of Law  

Syracuse University College of Law: A rich tradition in law & interdisciplinary studies.


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University: National leader in public affairs, political science & international relations.

College of Law

College of Law

Keith Bybee

Here's someone you might learn from

Meet Professor William C. Banks

Professor Banks is an accomplished scholar, who genuinely enjoys helping students tackle the complexities of national security law. He's a leading thinker and acclaimed expert in the world of national security.

Learn more about Professor Banks>>

'A Nuclear Iran, Redux' by William Banks>>

Read 'Shadow Wars' by Professor Banks featured in the Journal of National Security Law & Policy>>

Watch Professor Banks moderate the podcast, Challenges of Counterterrorism>>

Joshua Keefe

Here's someone you might meet

Josh Keefe. 2L
Rochester, NY

"I chose Syracuse Law because of the excellent national reputation that the University and College of Law enjoy, coupled with a very strong alumni network and career development office. The College of Law is at a great advantage as part of a world renowned research institution and the opportunities for both legal education and scholarship, as well as joint degree offerings, are truly excellent.  At Syracuse, it's possible to find mentors and networks for almost every legal field, and this also factored heavily in my decision.  Lastly, Syracuse is a great University town, with a low cost of living and a high quality of life.  All told, it's been a great expereince so far."

Our grads really do change the world

If you're looking for more than just a job when you graduate, take a look at how our graduates are changing the world. Here's just a small sampling of some of the recent accomplishments of Syracuse College of Law INSCT graduates:

Jessica G. Trombetta (COL '11, J.D./MPA) was recently appointed to the Office of General Counsel - National Security Agency

James Henry Bergeron (COL '90, MA Political Science '90), now a Political Advisor for Striking Force NATO, gave a presentation in October 2009 to the American Bar Association on legal and political issues related to counter-piracy operations off Somalia.

Marie-Claude Francoeur (COL '08) was recently appointed by Quebec's Premier and cabinet as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policies and Treaties in the Ministry of International Relations.

Jeremy Snellen (COL '08), is currently a staff member of The Office of War Crimes Issues at the U.S. Department of State. The Office of War Crimes Issues, established in the mid-1990's, monitors atrocities globally.

Joshua W. Hedges (COL '07, MAIR '07) published "Eliminating the Learning Curve: A Pragmatic Look at JihadistUse of the Internet," in Journal of Applied Security Research, January 2008.

Major Edward Cox (INSCT '08) had an op-ed published in the Times Herald Record on the implications for rescinding DoD's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy."

Brendan Gilbert (COL'04) JAG Officer with the U. S. Army, based in Washington, D.C.

Kris Miller (COL '07, J.D./MPA) works as a Network Systems Engineers with the Mitre Corporation in McLean, Virginia.

Jacqueline McCain (COL '08) serves as Assistant Counsel for the Commandant of the U.S. Navy.

John Fritz (COL'07, J.D./IR) is an associate attorney with the Hamberger & Weiss law firm in Rochester, N.Y.

Sarah Grossman Leonard (COL '07, J.D./IR) works with Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C.

Here's what our recent grads think about the program

"The tutelage and education that I was exposed to as a student and research assistant for Professor William Banks has been nothing short of invaluable.  His superb insight and ability to clarify the most complex issues is extraordinary.

All of those associated with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism express such a passion for what they do.  It has been a pleasure to work amongst and with so many intelligent, professional, and enthusiastic individuals.

The existence of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism was one of my deciding factors to attend the Syracuse University College of Law. Looking back, becoming involved with this organization was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The education, experiences, and opportunities that I have encountered during my time with INSCT have been topnotch."

Ryan Cole (L'11) now a Analyst with the Department of Defense