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Curriculum- Law and Legal Studies
 Cadets enrolled in LW475 - Advanced Constitutional Law - visit the Supreme Court in March 2016
The Department of Law welcomes cadets who are interested in undergraduate legal studies.  Law and its effects on society have long been a proper subject of undergraduate study. Writers from Aristotle to Oliver Wendell Holmes have addressed the nature of law and its impacts upon the peoples and cultures of the world. This is, of course, of particular importance in our country which is based in significant part on the principle of adherence to the Rule of Law.
The major in Law and Legal Studies provides cadets with a solid basis for understanding both discrete legal disciplines within the U.S. legal system and the relationships of these disciplines with each other in creating a just and effective rule of law society. This major promotes the development of critical thinking through the use of legal analysis applied across different areas of the law, and sharpens cadets' ability to integrate and evaluate higher levels of theoretical thinking.
If you are a USMA Cadet interested in becoming a law major, please contact our Department Academic Counselor, Professor Mark Wellman at
Please see our current Law and Legal Studies major curriculum guide: Planning Guide 16-1(Final).docxPlanning Guide 16-1(Final).docx
IT Courses - choose 1 of 2:
Required Courses - must take 4 of 4:
LW495 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
LX300 3rd Semester Foreign Language
Elective Courses - choose 4 out of 7:
LW410 Comparative Legal Systems
LW472 Criminal Law
LW473 Environmental Law
LW475 Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar
LW481 International Law
LW 488 Business Law
LW490 Special Topics
Choose 2 of the Following Electives:
EV365 Geography of Global Cultures
EV371 Geography of Russia
EV372 Geography of Asia
EV373 Geography of Latin America
EV375 Geography of Africa
EV376 Geography of the Middle East
HI344 Modern Diplomacy
HI372 U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1898
HI391 World Religions
MG390 Negotiations for Leaders
SS366 Comparative Politics
SS381 Political and Cultural Anthropology
SS385 Comparative Economic Systems
SS386 Political Thoughts and Ideas
SS465 Terrorism: New Challenges
SS466 Advanced Terrorism Studies
SS473 American Foreign Policy
SS483 National Security Seminar
SS486 International Security Seminar
XH467 Winning the Peace
LXxxx Completion of a 4th semester of a foreign language
EP359 Logical Reasoning
EP363 Political Philosophy
HI390 Early National America
HI394 Revolutionary America
HI395 History of Civil War America
HI396 Making of Modern America
HI398 Society & Culture in American History
PL372 Sociology of the Family
PL377 Social Inequality
PL393 Criminology
SS483 National Security Seminar
SS373 American Presidency
SS379 Legislative Politics
SS386 Political Thought and Ideas
SS464 Homeland Security
SS472 The American State & the Soldier
SS480 Advanced American Politics, Policy, Strategy
LXxxx Completion of a 4th semester of a foreign language
2015 Law and Legal Studies Major with Honors Curriculum- choose 2 of 2:
Grade Requirements: Complete the requirements of the major as shown above, attain an APSC of at least 3.0 in the core curriculum and an APSC of at least 3.5 in the major, and an average of at least 3.33 in LW498 and LW499.