The Center for Policy and Research provides law students with an uncommon opportunity to gain experience in forensic analysis and investigation through research into national policies and practices. Expanding their knowledge beyond legal doctrine, students participating in the Center as Research Fellows gain proficiency in identifying patterns and inconsistencies and uncovering the truth that can help shape the law and public policy. Students work with facts and data to find and develop patterns from large quantities of information, and to evaluate the significance of what they discover.
The Center’s work focuses on three key areas: Interrogations & Intelligence, National Security, and Forensics. Among the Center’s high-profile projects are the world renowned Guantánamo Reports, which were developed by analyzing the government’s own data through the systematic review of literally over 100,000 pages of government documents procured through the Freedom of Information Act. The Guantánamo Reports have been widely cited, published and reported throughout the world.