Many JD applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a law school, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor at a top law school. Today, we focus on Ranjana Natarajan from the University of Texas School of Law.
Ranjana Natarajan is the director of the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law (UT Law). The clinic allows students to work on cases related to counterterrorism law and military justice—areas of expertise for Natarajan—including a habeas corpus case of a Guantanamo detainee and an appeal from a federal terrorism case. Natarajan feels that UT Law is a place that is perfect for this examination of the law: “Not only [does UT Law] have professors engaged in sophisticated legal scholarship on national security issues, but [it also has] centers, programs, and resources in the university at large that are promoting scholarship on a wide range of national security issues.”
A 1999 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, Natarajan worked for the ACLU of Southern California and as a clinical fellow at the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University’s School of Law on issues related to immigrant rights and national security before joining UT Law. In 2007, California Lawyer magazine recognized her with its Lawyer of the Year Award.