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National Security & International Law Enforcement

The Practice

Lawyers in the NYC district attorney’s offices, the U.S. Attorneys offices around the region, the NY Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice are increasingly involved with investigating and prosecuting international terrorism, organized crime and cross-border frauds. Lawyers for the U.S. military and various state National Guards are also involved with advising on questions of law and the use of military force. The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the CIA require lawyers to advise them on the scope of U.S. and international law as applied to investigations and intelligence work. The New York City Police Department also engages in extensive international cooperation in law enforcement work that requires coordination with foreign and international law enforcement agencies such as Scotland Yard and Interpol. Students can prepare for a career in national security and law enforcement by focusing on the rules and regulations that govern intelligence, counterterrorism, use of force and cross-border criminal prosecutions.

The Course of Study

Foundational Courses

  • Counterterrorism Law (3 credits)
  • International Law (3 credits)
  • National Security and the Law (3 credits)

Further Electives

  • Comparative Criminal Procedure (2 credits)
  • Comparative Law (2 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (3 credits)
  • International and Foreign Legal Research (2 credits)

Suggested Path

Part-time students should spread out the suggested path below to account for their expected date of graduation.

Year Fall Spring Summer
  • Required courses
  • Pro bono
  • Internship (JAG, Federal Judge, US Attorney’s office, Homeland Security)
  • Study Abroad (take 6 credits in International courses including Professional Responsibility)
  • Evidence or Administrative Law
  • International Law
  • National Security and the Law
  • Continue pro bono work
  • Clinic or externship
  • Apply for 2L JAG Summer internship or ICC internship
  • Evidence or Administrative Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • APWR course
  • Electives:
    Comparative Law
    International Criminal Law
    International Human Rights
    International & Foreign Legal Research
    International Commercial Arbitration
    Law And Military Operations
  • Continue pro bono work
  • Clinic or externship
  • Internship (JAG, Federal Judge, US Attorney’s office, Homeland Security)
  • Internship with international organization (ICC)
  • Electives
  • Complete SWR paper on international law topic
  • Continue pro bono work
  • Clinic or externship
  • Graduation
  • Bar Exam

Course Descriptions

Alumni Spotlight: National Security and International Law Enforcement

Jenny Brewer Smith, J.D. 2004
Ms. Smith is a senior advisor for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Office in the Department of Defense where she works on international cooperation to reduce the threat of proliferation of biological and chemical weapons. After graduating from St. John’s Law, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow and Deputy Project Manager for Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). She has also served as a U.S. Delegate to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). She received her B.A from the University of Delaware in 2001.

Greg Kehoe, J.D. 1979
Gregory W. Kehoe is a Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Tampa office and a member of the firm’s global litigation group. He specializes in litigation, white collar crime defense, and international law. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, he served as an adviser to the Iraqi Special Tribunal formed to prosecute Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime. His previous positions include chief of the trial division at a Tampa-based law firm comprised of former federal prosecutors and FBI agents, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, a trial attorney for the Department of Justice’s Anti-Trust Division, and an associate attorney with the law firm of Burns Jackson Miller Summit & Jacoby in New York. Mr. Kehoe is a member of many professional and service organizations, including the Inns of Court, American Bar Association, International Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the IBA Criminal Law Committee. He is also the recipient of many honors, including the James H. Kynes Memorial in the Trenches Award, the United States Department of Justice Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award, and Doctor of Legal Letters honoris causa from St. John’s University School of Law. He received his A.B. from Boston College in 1976.

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