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                    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 


The Fall 2017 Emerging Technologies Workshop LTC Chris Jacobs discusses legal issues surrounding pre-emptive and preventive strikes at the Modern War Institute. Participants at the "Complex Battlespaces" workshop hosted by the Department of Law. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow spoke to Law majors on September 26, 2016. Her presentation focused on the legacy of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Cadets meet with Justice Sotomayor during a trip to the Supreme Court in March 2016.





Law Faculty featured in Foreign Policy Blog

Posted on Jan. 16, 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Shane Reeves and Major Ron Alcala - Department of Law faculty - were recently published in the Foreign Policy blog.  They argue that retired military judges should be considered for federal judge vacancies:

​Emerging Technologies Workshop

​Posted on Nov. 16, 2017

In its annual Fall event, the Lieber Institute hosted a workshop on "The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict."  Participants discussed legal issues arising from the use of modern weapons systems, including unique problems surrounding compliance, accountability and targeting distinction. 

​DLAW Professor Discusses Cyber Security and Law Enforcement at Albany Law School

​Posted on October 15, 2017

On October 20th, LTC Mark Visger sat on a panel at the Cyber Security and Law conference hosted by Albany Law School. The panel covered Law Enforcement and Cyber Security and discussed current challenges to law enforcement posed by developments in the technological field, including endryption and data collection. 

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