Law graduates regularly tell us that their summer internships were among the most valuable and memorable of their Cadet experiences. Through the Department of Law’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) Program, Cadets have the opportunity to gain practical experience while working closely with recognized experts in their field. A sample of past Department of Law AIADs is listed below.
European War Crimes Staff Ride – The European War Crimes Staff Ride is a multi-nation trip focused on the study of war crimes and the development of war crimes prosecutions from Nuremberg, through the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, to the contemporary practice of the international tribunals at The Hague. Over the course of two weeks, Cadets explore the legal consequences and practical realities of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. The trip includes visits to courts and discussions with judges, as well as visits to mass grave sites and talks with the survivors of conflict. The staff ride culminates at The Hague, where Cadets have the opportunity to observe an ongoing trial at one of the international criminal tribunals.
Asian War Crimes Staff Ride – The Asian War Crimes Staff Ride is an intensive, two-week experience focused on the study of war crimes and the perception of war crimes trials in the aftermath of conflict. Cadets begin by examining the consequences of law of war violations and the ways in which societies have responded to war crimes in the past. What legal remedies, under both international law and domestic law, have states pursued to hold war criminals responsible? How do societies cope with war crimes, and how are such events remembered and memorialized for posterity? The lesser known judgement of the Tokyo Tribunal serves as a focal point for discussion throughout this multi-nation course. The Department is grateful for the generous contributions of Mrs. Joan FitzGibbon, wife of the late Daniel FitzGibbon (USMA '64), who help make these international experiences possible.
Cadets and faculty visit the International Commission for Missing Persons in Tuzla, Bosnia, during the European War Crimes Staff Ride
Civil Rights Staff Ride – The Civil Rights Staff Ride takes Cadets on an immersive journey through the Deep South to study the history, culture, and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. The course combines interdisciplinary study in the classroom with a two-week trip to various sites of importance to the Civil Rights Movement. As part of the course’s interdisciplinary approach, Cadets examine law, politics, and history in the context of the Civil Rights Movement. Cadets also have the opportunity to explore culture and identity through the food, music, and literature of the South. Cadets chosen to participate in this highly competitive program must undergo a rigorous application and interview process. The Department is grateful for the generous contributions of Mr. Michael Boulegeris (USMA ’83) for sponsoring this staff ride.
Cadets pose for a group photo during the Civil Rights Staff Ride
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office – Cadets selected to intern with the New York County District Attorney’s Office gain firsthand exposure to the criminal justice system and local law enforcement in the borough of Manhattan. Cadets may assist in investigations, hearings, and trials. Cadets may also conduct legal research, observe witness interviews, and attend trials.
Latham & Watkins – Cadets are exposed to various areas of practice at one of the world’s leading law firms. Cadets also participate in developmental events, including lectures and speaker forums, along with the firm’s summer associates.
Cadet intern with Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney
Office of the Judge Advocate General – Cadets work on projects for the International and Operational Law Division (IOLD) of the Office of the Judge Advocate General located at the Pentagon. IOLD is responsible for advising the Judge Advocate General of the Army on international law, law of war, and other legal issues affecting military operations.
U.S. District Court – Cadets selected for this competitive AIAD have the opportunity to work with a District Judge serving on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. With jurisdiction over the major financial centers of New York County (Manhattan) and other counties of southern New York State, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is considered one of the most influential, and one of the most active, federal district courts. The court also regularly hears cases at the forefront of criminal law enforcement, including cases involving terrorism, cybercrime, and civil rights violations.
Cadet intern with Lieutenant General Flora Darpino, the Judge Advocate General of the Army
S&P Global – Cadets work in the legal department of a large financial services company that provides financial data and analytics to the marketplace. Cadets are exposed to the varied legal issues that counsel at large corporations regularly confront.
World Bank – Cadets intern at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The World Bank is an international financial institution devoted to ending extreme poverty and encouraging investment in developing countries. Cadets participate in research projects focused on supporting economic development and improving the lives of the poor. Cadets assigned to the Office of the Chief Economist may conduct research in the field of international economics, while Cadets serving in the Office of General Counsel may explore how rule of law helps promote economic development and prevent the spread of poverty.
The Department of Law’s AIAD coordinator is MAJ Ronald Alcala (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cadets outside the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands