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Penn Law National Security Society

The Penn Law National Security Society is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law and national security. We host discussions around a diverse selection of practice areas, including international trade (CFIUS work), the interplay of U.S. and international law, humanitarian law, privacy and technology, access to justice and the rule of law in developing countries, and many others. This growing group is committed to leveraging Penn’s location between New York and Washington, D.C. to connect with professionals in the field (both Penn alums and non-alums) for speaker engagements, mentorship opportunities, and career advice. In addition to individual events, the National Security Society hosts an annual conference at Penn Law, showcasing a range of topics in the field. Finally, we coordinate students interested in participating in the Georgetown National Security Crisis Law Invitational in the spring semester, which is a 2-day intensive national security simulation attended by top US law students as well as lawyers from Australia, Canada, and the UK.

To get involved, please feel free to reach out to our presidents, Katherine Joseph (kljoseph@pennlaw.upenn.udu) and Katharina Schwarz (, and look for us at the Student Activities Fair during orientation week!