About the Department of Law
The United States was founded as a government of laws. Its history is rooted in the pledge to uphold the values of a democracy and ensure justice, peace, and prosperity. This is the same pledge that our Cadets and officers carry with them as they serve the nation. In fact, the rule of law is a central tenet of professional military ethic. In defending the rule of law, our military officers alleviate and deter conditions that lead to instability and armed conflict, uphold the military justice system, and reduce human suffering.
The Department of Law provides the opportunity to major in Law and Legal Studies. Law and its effects on society have long been recognized as valuable subjects of study, and writers from Aristotle to Oliver Wendell Holmes have addressed the nature of law and its impact upon the world. The goal of our undergraduate legal studies program is to help develop Cadets’ critical thinking abilities to prepare them to be leaders of character. By its nature, the study of law draws on historical and cultural perspectives, requires awareness and resolution of moral and ethical issues, demonstrates the need for clear and concise communication, and leads to increased understanding of how individuals, organizations, and societies pursue goals. The Department of Law’s Law and Legal Studies program is designed to educate Cadets to be leaders in a changing and often ambiguous world.