Welcome to the website of the National Security Law Association (NSLA) at Rutgers Law.

NSLA serves as a nonpartisan body to promote discourse and interest in national security and related topics, including privacy, surveillance, and non-traditional topics. NSLA addresses the intersection between legal questions and national security policies through the engagement of current students, along with Rutgers faculty and practitioners. NSLA holds regular events/meetings, hosts speakers, shares career and clerkship/internship opportunities, and disseminates resources and updates pertaining to the field.

We are proud to be one of only several organizations nationwide to focus on this growing and important area of law. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime, and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.

Recent Speakers
Caroline Krass, Esq.
General Counsel
Central Intelligence Agency

Elisebeth Collins, Esq.
Board Member
Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Jamil Jaffer, Esq.
National Security Institute, George Mason University & Former Chief Counsel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Matthew Smith, Esq.
Assistant US Attorney
District of New Jersey


Colonel Gary Corn
Staff Judge Advocate
U.S. Cyber Command

Chris Rodriguez, PhD
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Pr

Kirsten Nussbaumer, PhD/JD
Assistant Professor of Law & Political Science
Rutgers University

David Joanson, Esq.
Chief Division Counsel
F.B.I. - Philadelphia