North Dakota Law

Updates from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Professor John Cook publishes article in Harvard National Security Journal

The Harvard National Security Journal recently published the article Is Esquire a Higher Clearance Than Top Secret?: A Comparison of the Bar Admission and National Security Clearance Processes by John Cook, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (August 2020-May 2022).

The article is available online at

John Cook is a visiting assistant professor of law. He teaches Lawyering Skills, Professional Responsibility, Drug Use: Criminal Law, Policy, and History, and National Security Law/Homeland Security Law.

Professor Cook received his B.A. from Yale University, his M.Sc. from Oxford University, and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of Phi Delta Phi and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Professor Cook has served as a law clerk in the Rhode Island Trial Court Law Clerk Department, and as a law clerk for Associate Justice Alexandro Castro of the Supreme Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, Judge Frank Whitney of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, and Judge Landya McCafferty of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Office of the Attorney General of the Northern Mariana Islands and twice served as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Archivist at Northern Marianas College.