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Department of Law : Curriculum

Curriculum- Law and Legal Studies
 Cadets enrolled in LW475 - Advanced Constitutional Law - visit the Supreme Court in March 2016
The Department of Law welcomes cadets who are interested in undergraduate legal studies.  Law and its effects on society have long been a proper subject of undergraduate study. Writers from Aristotle to Oliver Wendell Holmes have addressed the nature of law and its impacts upon the peoples and cultures of the world. This is, of course, of particular importance in our country which is based in significant part on the principle of adherence to the Rule of Law.
The major in Law and Legal Studies provides cadets with a solid basis for understanding both discrete legal disciplines within the U.S. legal system and the relationships of these disciplines with each other in creating a just and effective rule of law society. This major promotes the development of critical thinking through the use of legal analysis applied across different areas of the law, and sharpens cadets' ability to integrate and evaluate higher levels of theoretical thinking.
If you are a USMA Cadet interested in becoming a law major, please contact our Department Academic Counselor, Professor Mark Wellman at
STEM Depth - choose 1 of 2:
CY305 Military IT Systems
CY355 Advanced Military IT Systems
Required Courses - must take all 3
LW310 Intro to Legal Studies
LW474 Law of War
LW495 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Elective Courses - choose 7 out of 11:
LW410 Comparative Legal Systems
LW461 Civil Rights
LW462 Cyber Law
LW472 Criminal Law
LW473 Environmental Law
LW475 Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar
LW476 Advanced Law of Armed Conflict
LW481 International Law
LW482 National Security Law
LW 488 Business Law
LW490 Special Topics
Three electives in Social Sciences, History, Behavioral Sciences & Leadership or Geography & Environmental Engineering. 


Honors Thesis Program:
LW498 Thesis I: Proposal & Research
LW499 Thesis II: Paper & Defense
Grade Requirements: Complete the requirements of the major as shown above, attain an APSC of at least 3.0 in the core curriculum and an APSC of at least 3.5 in the major, and an average of at least 3.33 in LW498 and LW499.