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Founded in January 2012, The National Security Law Journal (“NSLJ”) is a student-edited legal periodical published twice annually at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The Editorial Board aims to provide readers with informative and innovative commentary on a wide variety of issues pertaining to national security law and policy.  NSLJ serves as a forum for thought-provoking scholarly articles written by leading academics and experienced practitioners on current legal developments. The articles selected for publication each year promote a greater understanding of national security laws and precedent, serve as a catalyst for legal change and development, and guide courts, government agencies, and other legal practitioners.


NSLJ’s current faculty advisor is Professor Jamil Jaffer.


We welcome submissions from all points of view written by legal practitioners and academics. The Journal publishes pieces from diverse viewpoints that make a significant and original contribution to the evolving field of national security law. 


The National Security Law Journal connects law students and practitioners through a variety symposiums and events. Each year, NLSJ hosts at least one symposium that highlights and examines emerging issues in national security law. Previous symposium topics have included the Russia-Ukraine Crisis, the Integrity of American Elections, Sanctions, and more. Learn more about past and upcoming events here


Our Editorial Board, full members, and candidate members work collaboratively to craft and publish the National Security Law Journal. JD Candidates at Antonin Scalia Law School become eligible for NSLJ membership by participating in the Write-On Competition or the Comment-On process. Full members are eligible for publication and Editorial Board membership. Members also work with NSLJ’s Research Editors to verify authors’ sources and to ensure that all citations meet NSLJ’s formatting and content requirements.