Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security After September 11 Clinic

Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security After September 11 is a clinic/seminar that focuses on civil liberties cases arising from new government policies after September 11, 2001.

It offers 2 or 3 units of credit to students who wish to work on civil liberties cases arising out of government policies in the aftermath of September 11, including citizen and non-citizen detentions, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, international human rights and humanitarian law issues, and other issues.

Students prepare memoranda on points of law at issue in some of these cases, and, as the timing dictates, will help to do legal research and draft amicus briefs based on their research. The course includes a clinical component and a reading seminar focusing on the text of the cases themselves and their precedents.