The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism


— The College of Law is fortunate to be the
home for the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism which, now in its 14th
year, has graduated more than 600 students from the College of Law and the Maxwell School,
with certificates of advanced study in various specializations of national security law and
counterterrorism law. — In undergrad, I was always fascinated with
history and international relations, and when I was coming out of Syracuse undergrad, I
had a chance to speak with Professor Banks about the kind of variety of opportunities
INSCT provides. — I did Model United Nations when I was in
high school and in undergrad, and that was something that really, really interested me,
so I wanted a career that would allow me to kind of continue in that general area. — Our program here at Syracuse is unique,
because it’s interdisciplinary, and because we focus on applied research, service, and
deep educational projects from all of the law students here at Syracuse who have an
interest in the field. — The Student Association on Terrorism and
Security Analysis provides opportunities for students to get involved in national security
issues. So, each year, we produce a journal, we put
on a conference each year… We also run a number of career-based and social
activities that allow students to get involved. — As a 1L, I have the opportunity to take
National Security Lawyering as an elective, which is rare for many law schools, that we
get to take an elective on it so early in our legal education. — The program allows students to specialize
in areas inside the broad field of national security and counterterrorism beginning in
their second year of law school, and to participate directly in research projects that faculty
and affiliated members of the institute are doing across a range of fields inside the
larger field of national security. — I’ve been primarily focused on national
security. I’m getting the certificate of advanced studies
in national security, however my primary focus within that subfocus is cybersecurity law
and policy. — I did ROTC undergrad, and I’m on an educational
delay of active duty, and I will be joining the Army as a Judge Advocate General upon
graduation. So, this type of law is directly applicable
to my career path. — Our graduates are working in the agencies
and the Department of Defense, in the military in Washington, they’re working for consulting
firms, big corporations, law firms, not-for-profit organizations, international organizations,
and state and local government, among others in this broad field. — SU College of Law has a very tight-knit,
although very diverse alumni backdrop, if you will. And within that there’s even a more constricted
view, within INSCT, so it’s a very tight-knit, close community. — I’ve been lucky enough to be put in touch
with a lot of INSCT and SATSA alumni, who are really, really passionate about helping
Syracuse University students pursue their goals and pursue their careers, and they’re
always very, very happy to talk to us, and help us out, and provide support when we need
it. — INSCT is impacting my future plans primarily
because it’s allowed me to set myself apart from some other Summer Associate candidates,
in that a lot of the firms nearby are starting new practices around cybersecurity, and how
the current national security climate is affecting business interests. — Because of the times that we live in, the
field, if anything, is growing, as it has exponentially since the 9/11 attacks, and
our program looks forward to welcoming you to Syracuse University College of Law, where
you can participate and earn a certificate of advanced study in this growing and burgeoning
field.

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