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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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.
DLAW Mock Trial Team Competes in Regional Event
Posted on March 23, 2018
On February 24th to 25th, the DLAW Mock Trial Team travelled to Princeton University to take part in the Regional Competition. Prior to the event, team OIC CPT Strang worked with the team to help them develop their arguments, objections and evidentiary foundations. The team competed against 27 other teams from universities throughout the northeast. Each team competed in four separate trials against a randomly selected opponent with the team representing the prosecution twice and the defense twice. Participants were judged on the effectiveness of opening/closing statements, direct and cross examination, and grasp of the rules of evidence through objections and responses.