Managing a Complex World

NYU Law is at the forefront of law and security issues, with two cutting-edge centers and leading experts specializing in issues vital to global security. The Reiss Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute founded in 2003 at NYU School of Law. It is focused on cultivating an informed dialogue, educating the next generation of leaders, and fostering groundbreaking research on the vital legal, policy, and strategic questions that will shape the national security field for years to come. The Reiss Center studies national security law and practice against the backdrop of an era defined by significant change—from geopolitical developments to rapid technological advances—as well as enduring challenges. Its program areas include Domestic Law, Policy and Process; Use of Force and Emerging Security Threats; and National Security in a Shifting Geopolitical Context. The NYU Center for Cybersecurity, a collaboration between the Law School and NYU Tandon School of Engineering,  addresses questions at the meeting point of security and technology: How should the government and private parties interact when it comes to cybersecurity? What kind of legal and technical framework will enable companies to shore up their digital defenses? And what is the appropriate level of risk management for private companies? The two schools have achieved national leadership in the development of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public outreach to address these vexing questions. They have created classes that are cross-listed in the schools of engineering and law, and also recently announced the establishment of a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program for executives. The one-year program is intended for experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds who seek to deepen their understanding of cybersecurity risk and strategy. 

Three scholarships are also available to law students interested in this area: The NYU Cyber Scholars Program, the Cybersecurity Service Scholarship, and the Latham & Watkins Award in Technology and Law. In addition, the Reiss Center offers a compensated, competitive Student Scholar program. 

Course Spotlight

The National Security Executive, the Courts, and the Constitution, taught by David Golove, focuses on constitutional issues surrounding the conduct of foreign affairs, war, presidential vs. congressional powers, and the role of the courts.

Student Voices

Hugh Bannister LLM ’17 on the timely nature of his cybersecurity coursework.  

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