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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.







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.


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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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