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.
If you are a USMA Cadet interested in becoming a law major, please contact our Department Academic Counselor, Professor Mark Wellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler visits with Cadets
US Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler spoke with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.
Judge Pooler was appointed to the federal appeals court by President William J. Clinton in 1998. Prior to that, she served in a variety of positions with the governments of the City of Syracuse and the State of New York.
Judge Pooler discussed criminal sentencing with the cadets and led an interesting class discussion concerning the efficacy and prudence of long-term incarceration.
New York City District Attorney Speaks to Legal Studies Majors
Posted on April 18, 2017
On March 31, District Attorney Cyrus Vance visited West Point and met with Law Majors and members of the Department of Law. DA Vance spoke to the cadets about racial reconciliation and the law in policing and prosecuting cases in New York City. Afterwards, DA Vance met with members of the Law Department for a Question and Answer session.
Business Law Class Visits Legal Offices in Manhattan
Posted on April 12, 2017
Cadets taking LW 488 Business Law visited the Manhattan offices of Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM)—a meeting of two institutions created by Founding Fathers, as BNYM was founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1784. Cadets learned about BNYM’s primary business as a “banker for banks,” questioned a panel of BNYM representatives with military and legal backgrounds about banking and regulation, and toured BNYM’s trading floor. Next, the cadets visited the New York regional office of the FBI and discussed criminal investigations of businesses with numerous field agents. Lastly, the cadets met with US Chief District Judge Colleen McMahon in her courtroom to explore the judicial resolution of business disputes. The trip section was led by Law Department faculty members Tony DiSarro and LTC Winston Williams.