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Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD)
 
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                                                                    Cadets during the summer NYPD AIAD
 
Law graduates tell us that some of their most valuable and memorable experiences as Cadets involved their summer internships, or AIADs (Academic Individual Advanced Development). These opportunities to observe, learn and gain practical experience are powerful and instructive for our future military leaders. The Center for the Rule of Law offers several different types of AIADs. 
 
War Crimes Staff Ride - a seven-nation educational tour through Europe immerses several Cadets in the practical and legal realities of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Visits to sites of mass graves and talks with survivors of conflicts helps Cadets to comprehend the importance of international humanitarian law. 

Civil Rights Staff Ride - takes Cadets to various historical locations within the US to study the development of the Civil Rights movement and military interaction with domestic affairs.
 
Washington, D.C. placements - selected Cadets each year are fortunate to work at such sites as the Supreme Court, Congressional offices and the U.S. Secret Service.
 
District Attorney Offices and Hometown AIADs- each year about 25 Cadets return to their hometown area to gain meaningful experience working in their local District Attorney's office, law enforcement office, or other law-related agency.

LSAT Preparation Course - the department offers an internal LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) preparation course during the summer at West Point. The department also coordinates opportunities for Cadets to take the LSAT test during the academic year following this course. LSAT scores are generally good for five years.

The Department of Law also offers opportunities to work with the Secretary of the Army, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, NYPD, Fort Worth SVU, Paralympics, Department of State (Berlin), New York Federal District Court, U.S. Pacific Command (Hawaii), Marsh McLennan, Latham & Watkins and
McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. 
Grades are determined based on a journal of daily activities, the quality of the work actually performed during the internship, and a briefing which is presented to the department faculty in the fall.

The Department's AIAD coordinator is MAJ Ron Alcala (ronald.alcala@usma.edu). 
 
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