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Georgetown National Security Law Journal

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November 22, 2011 Dean William M. Treanor Office of the Dean Georgetown University Law Center 600 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001 Dear Dean Treanor, We are writing to express our firm support for a national security law journal at Georgetown University Law Center. We believe that bringing the Journal of National Security Law & Policy to Georgetown will stimulate academic exploration of this important field of law, enhance student life by providing a forum for collaboration for the many Georgetown students interested in studying this area, and expand career opportunities for students as we gain credentials and network in this practice area. Bringing the Journal of National Security Law & Policy to Georgetown would benefit the student experience by improving academic opportunities in an area of law important to many law students. Georgetown Law already offers many popular classes on national security law and leads scholarship through the Georgetown Center for National Security Law; nonetheless, demand for additional educational activities on this topic area remains significant. A national security law journal at Georgetown would give J.D. students the opportunity to read and to evaluate articles written by leaders in this field and to write student notes on national security topics. Existing Georgetown journals do not meet this significant need because each is unable to devote more than a few issues a year to this field at most. Given the Law Center’s leadership in these areas, students ought to have the opportunity to personally engage in this important area of law through the detailed academic approach only a journal can provide. The national security journal would also augment student collaboration in this area of law. A significant number of students have already expressed interest in bringing the Journal of National Security Law & Policy to Georgetown, and a student group has recently formed to explore issues related to national security. A national security law journal at Georgetown would enhance student life by allowing J.D. students to collaborate on a journal specifically tailored to their academic and professional interests. Finally, the journal would expand career opportunities for Georgetown students by allowing student note authors to become recognized as scholars in this field and by providing a forum for networking with other national security law scholars. Because a number of students would have the opportunity to publish their work, the Journal would directly support students in their professional aspirations by giving them the opportunity to develop an expertise on a particular topic and weigh in on academic debates in national security law. Additionally, the Journal would provide meaningful opportunities to network with academics and practitioners in the field at journal-sponsored events. Finally, J.D. students on the Journal will directly benefit from being mentored by LL.M. students on the Journal, many of who would have experience and professional contacts in the field. For academic, networking, and professional reasons, the undersigned students of the Georgetown University Law Center strongly support bringing the Journal of National Security Law & Policy to Georgetown. We stand eager to invest ourselves in this opportunity, and we urge you to support our proposal to the Journals Committee. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Students of Georgetown Law

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