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      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 


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.  Cadets and faculty meet with Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in April 2016.





LTC Jacobs at the Modern War Institute

Posted on Sep. 9, 2017

On August 25th, 2017, LTC Chris Jacobs spoke at a panel discussion hosted by the Modern War Institute.  The interdisciplinary panel discussed challenges in the recent ballistic missile test by North Korea.  LTC Jacobs discussed issues surrounding pre-emptive and preventive strikes under international law.  By exposing Cadets to various academic perspectives - including legal, historical and political - the Modern War Institute seeks to develop a deep and nuanced understanding of current events. 

Changes to UCMJ

​Posted on Sep. 8, 2017

LTC Shane Reeves and LTC Mark Visger recently published a blog on Lawfare regarding amendments to the UCMJ under the recently-passed Military Justice Act. 

​U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler visits with Cadets

​Posted on May 17, 2017

US Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler spoke with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

Judge Pooler was appointed to the federal appeals court by President William J. Clinton in 1998. Prior to that, she served in a variety of positions with the governments of the City of Syracuse and the State of New York.
Judge Pooler discussed criminal sentencing with the cadets and led an interesting class discussion concerning the efficacy and prudence of long-term incarceration.

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