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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.

If you are a USMA Cadet interested in becoming a law major, please contact our Department Academic Counselor, Professor Mark Wellman at 


Cadets meet with Justice Sotomayor during a trip to the Supreme Court in March 2016.  Cadets and faculty meet with Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. Law Majors on a trip to Fordham Law school to hear an Army Court of Criminal Appeals Case in Fall 2015 On March 25, 2015, Yale Professor John Fabian Witt delivered the Spring Law 403 lecture to First Year Cadets.  Cadets meet with Justice Samuel Alito at the Supreme Court in April 2015. BG Mark Martins, Chief Prosecuter - U.S. Military Commissions, addressed First Class Cadets on October 29, 2014. 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.





Cadets meet with Justice Sonia Sotomayor

​Posted on April 25, 2016

Cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Professor & Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro, visited the US Supreme Court and the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. First, at the courtroom in the Supreme Court, the cadets observed oral argument in a case concerning the proper interpretation of the Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Clause. Next, the cadets met privately with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the Rehnquist Dining Room in the Courthouse.  Justice Sotomayor discussed her views on being a member of the bench.  The cadets also toured the Capitol building. The trip section was led by Professor DiSarro and fellow Law Department faculty member, LTC Wendy Cox.

Holocaust Museum Trip

​Posted on April 20, 2016

The Department of History and the Department of Law co-sponsored a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. on 14-15 April. Twenty-four Cadets and four faculty members toured the permanent exhibit and met with Holocaust scholars, historians and archivists during this two day program specifically designed for USMA Cadets.  Discussion topics included: “How do we decipher the visual evidence of the concentration camps?”; “What role did professionals and institutions, such as lawyers and judges, play under the Nazi regime?”; “Is the verdict the most significant outcome of trials for mass atrocities?”; “Whom do we hold accountable?”; and “How do you transform a principle into international law?”  West Point adjunct professor Gary Solis also discussed various war crimes vignettes with Cadets, linking the history of war crimes prosecutions and laws of armed conflict to current day military operations. Finally, Cadets and faculty had the incredible opportunity to talk with Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum, who was only 12 at the time of his original detention in 1940, and who survived the multiple concentration camps and a death march (picture attached).  He was rescued by American soldiers, whom he still refers to as "my angels."

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