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 email@example.com.
Connect with DLAW:
Emerging Technologies Workshop
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.
LTC Jacobs at the Modern War Institute
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.