Select members of the military’s elite JAG Corps bring international law to life as students in the Law School’s LL.M. program before returning to their posts around the world with a deeper understanding of the law.
New York, September 24, 2013—When Columbia Law School student Jessica Piquet ’14 needed help last year on a complicated law review note she was writing about piracy on the high seas, she didn’t have to look very far.
Two of her national security law classmates—Lieutenant Commander Steven Obert ’13 LL.M. and Commander Shane Cooper ’13 LL.M.—were Navy lawyers who had captured Somali pirates in separate, high profile encounters aboard the USS Nicholas and USS John C. Stennis, respectively. Obert and Cooper, members of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps were at Columbia Law School on a 10-month leave to earn their master’s degree in law (LL.M.) as part of the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security’s elite JAG Scholars
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