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Welcome to the Department of Law

The Law and Legal Studies program provides cadets insight into legal concepts and functions of law. It is not a pre-law program to train future lawyers. Rather, our purpose is to educate cadets to be leaders in a changing and often ambiguous world.
Learning how to think clearly and analyze arguments and claims critically are key benefits of the program. These essential skills, along with moral and ethical considerations, form the basis for effective leadership. Cadets examine the role of law from many perspectives, including:
  • As a primary means of maintaining social order;
  • In balancing individual interests against the interests of society; and,
  • In resolving disputes.

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LTG Flora Darpino, the Judge Advocate General of the Army, delivers the Spring 2014 Altenburg lecture to First Class Cadets.
CPT Brady Dearden, 2009 USMA graduate and law major, is currently an Aviation Officer deployed to Afghanistan. He has flown the Department of Law seal in his Blackhawk on several missions in the country, and reports that it is holding up well.
The Department of Law seal, on board a Blackhawk in Afghanistan.
LW475 Cadets meet with Justice Alito at a recent trip to the Supreme Court.
Law Majors meet with Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dennis Jacobs on 15 November 2013.
MAJ Shane Reeves and Law Majors outside the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
LTG (Ret.) Dana Chipman moderated a debate between attorneys Gregory Lipper (left) and Thomas Johnson (right) during the Fall 2013 Evening Lecture. The case of Greece v. Galloway was heard before the Supreme Court on November 6, 2013.






Constitutional and Military Law Evening Lecture Series

​On April 10, 2014, LTG Flora Darpino, the Judge Advocate General of the Army, spoke to Cadets enrolled in LW403 - Constitutional and Military Law.  General Darpino discussed what she believes are the most important issues junior officers face in today's military. 

Constitutional and Military Law Evening Lecture Series

​On 14 November 2013 the Law Department hosted a debate between attorneys Gregory Lipper and Thomas Johnson on the Constitutional limitations of legislative prayer.  The case of Greece v. Galloway was heard before the Supreme Court on 6 November 2013. 

Constitutional and Military Law Evening Lecture Series
On 3 April 2013, the Law Department hosted a discussion between attorneys Mr. Floyd Abrams and Ms. Eve Burton on the First Amendment Freedom of Speech, which included discussion of current military cases involving issues of free speech.


Upcoming Events


Workshop: "Ukraine: A Case Study in the Viability of International Law"

The United States Naval War College's Stockton Center for the Study of International Law and the West Point Center for the Rule of Law are pleased to announce a legal research workshop on international law issues stemming from the current situation in the Ukraine.  The workshop, featuring renown international law scholars and practitioners, will take place from 20 to 22 October 2014. 


From the Blog 


Clara Barton Humanitarian Law Competition

Posted on April 1, 2014

A team of three law majors recently competed in the inagural edition of the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition. Cadets Joshua Cooper, Matthew Wheeler and Kyle Gicewicz simulated a variety of advisory roles in this moot-court competition, taking place in Silver Spring, MD from March 12th throught 15th. Read post

Film & Law Program Presents "Forty Years of Silence," a film by Dr. Randy Olson

Posted on March 30, 2014

Members of the West Point Film Club, as well as Cadets taking Jurisprudence (LW 495), Criminal Law (LW 472), and those who participated in 2013 West Point Civil Rights Staff Ride met with filmmaker Randy Olson to watch and discuss his film ―"Forty Years of Silence." The film is about Mr. Olson‘s father, the late COL John Olson, USMA Class of 1939, who was a POW in the Philippines following the Bataan Death March. COL Olson was imprisoned at Camp O'Donnell and later the ranking officer at Cabanatuan prison. The film documented COL Olson's experience both during and after the war. Read post
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