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.
If you are a USMA Cadet interested in becoming a law major, please contact our Department Academic Counselor, Professor Mark Wellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cadets visit Dow Jones, WSJ & JP Morgan Chase
Posted on April 20, 2018
On April 17, 2018, Cadets enrolled in in LW488 (Business Law) visited two prominent businesses in Manhattan. In the morning, they visited Dow Jones, Inc., the global business news and information company that publishes The Wall Street Journal. Cadets heard from the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and a panel consisting of internal lawyers, who addressed legal issues arising from the company’s business lines, and military veterans, who work in the information sector at Dow Jones.
In the afternoon, the Cadets visited the offices of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world’s largest investment and commercial banking firms. The cadets spoke with a panel of USMA graduates, who have transitioned from the military to careers in commercial and consumer banking. The trip section was led by Professor Tony DiSarro and Major Christopher Hartley.
On February 27th, LTC Winston Williams provided the keynote address at the U.S. Army JAG Corps Legal Center and School's commemoration of Black History Month. In attendance were members of school staff and faculty, graduate course students, the NCO Academy, the Command Paralegal Course, Officer Basic Course students, and civilians.
Prominent Death Penalty Defense Attorney Speaks to Law Majors
On March 5th the Department of Law held its Salvatore Lecture Series, hosting Profesor David Bruck, renowned death penalty expert. Professor Bruck has argued seven death penalty cases before the Supreme Court including Skipper v. South Carolina (1986) and Simmons v. South Carolina (1994), and over 70 capital appeals in state and lower federal courts. He has represented dozens of clients in death penalty cases, including Susan Smith, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooting suspect Dylan Roof. Professor Bruck currently serves as a clinical professor of law and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee University School of Law. In his talk, he spoke on his view that the death penalty should be abolished and then engaged in a thoughtful discussion time with cadets about the death penalty.