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, LTC Wendy Cox.
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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.
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."