Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

March 04, 2011
JLE Examines Impact of War on Terror on Legal Education and Scholarship

The Journal of Legal Education, in its latest issue, presents an unprecedented examination of how law school curricula and faculty scholarship have been impacted by events since 9/11. The February 2011 edition of the Journal, a publication of the Association of American Law Schools that is hosted and produced by Southwestern, features a symposium on the legal academy and the War on Terror, exploring the significant changes that have taken place in legal education and legal scholarship since September 11, 2001. The symposium's articles include an assessment of burgeoning legal efforts to challenge such contentious policies as torture, preventive detention, and extraordinary rendition; a comparison of the silence of legal academics following the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II with the response to the War on Terror; and a call for better understanding of the issues that have surfaced in military law in recent years. 

According to Dean Bryant Garth, "There is no question as this symposium makes clear that the legal academy has responded to the War on Terror by making a huge commitment to teach and write on national security issues and in so doing, institutionalizing national security and related subjects as a part of the curriculum."

The Journal's editors also compiled an inventory detailing the large number of courses and clinics that law schools around the nation have created or significantly redirected in response to the events of the past decade. Taken together, this symposium may be the first systematic exploration of the extraordinary changes in legal education since the September 11 attacks. The February issue, as well as previous issues of the Journal of Legal Education, are posted online.