The Department of Law’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) Program provides Cadets with immersive and enriching educational experiences outside of the normal academic programs offered at West Point. Funded in part by the Center for the Rule of Law, these summer internship opportunities are designed to broaden Cadets’ understanding of the law and their appreciation of the principles that underpin the rule of law.
The Department of Law has sponsored AIADs in a variety of legal areas of practice, from national security law to criminal law to corporate and investment law. As part of the AIAD program, Cadets have interned at organizations across the country, including the National Security Agency, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the World Bank, Latham & Watkins, and S&P Global.
Other AIAD opportunities available to Cadets include the Department of Law’s annual Civil Rights Staff Ride and the department’s flagship War Crimes 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 of the post-WWII era. The department also offers two War Crimes Staff Rides, one to Europe and one to Asia. During the European War Crimes Staff Ride, Cadets spend two weeks in Europe studying the development of war crimes prosecutions from Nuremberg through the Bosnian Conflict to the contemporary practice of the international tribunals at The Hague. During the Asian War Crimes Staff Ride, Cadets travel through Asia examining the lesser known judgement of the Tokyo Tribunal and the impact it had – and continues to have – on politics and perception in the region. The Department is grateful for the generous contributions of Mr. Michael Boulegeris (USMA ’83), and Mrs. Joan FitzGibbon, wife of the late Daniel FitzGibbon (USMA '64), who help make these experiences possible.
The Center for the Rule of Law also supports other student enrichment programs during the academic year, including Cadet participation at the annual Sanremo and Clara Barton international humanitarian law competitions. The Academies Competition hosted by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, brings together cadets from the world’s top military academies in a multi-national competition stressing the critical importance of international humanitarian law during international military operations. The Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition hosted by the Red Cross is a simulation-based, experiential competition that exposes Cadets to the types of challenges international humanitarian law practitioners face during armed conflict.