Law and Legal Studies Major

Law and Legal Studies Major

Law & Legal Studies

Major

The major in law and legal studies provides cadets with a basis for understanding both discrete legal disciplines within the U.S. legal system and the relationships of these disciplines with each other in creating a just and effective rule of law society.

Law is the study of the means of maintaining social order, balancing individual interests against the interest of society, resolving disputes, and addressing social concerns. The study of law sharpens analytical and problem-solving abilities while developing an appreciation of law as a basic foundation of society. A law and legal studies major will equip cadets with the means to understand conflicting issues, to analyze problems, and then to choose the most appropriate solution. The law and legal studies major is not intended to train lawyers. Rather, it will prepare cadets for success in command or in any other position in which effective analytical, problem solving, and communications skills are essential. From this understanding cadets can expand their breadth of experience and gain insight into current social problems or future challenges. The major promotes the development of critical thinking through the use of legal analysis applied across different areas of the law, and sharpens Cadets' ability to integrate and evaluate higher levels of theoretical thinking. 

The major does not seek to provide cadets with a body of legal knowledge or to train them to be lawyers -- this is not a pre-law program. Rather, the Department of Law's law and legal studies program is designed to educate cadets to be leaders in a changing and often ambiguous world. 

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Law.

Required Courses

LW310 INTRO TO LEGAL METHOD

LW474 LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT

 

Sample Electives

LW410 COMPARATIVE LEGAL SYSTEMS

LW461 CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE LAW 

LW462 CYBER LAW

LW472 CRIMINAL LAW

LW473 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

LW475 ADV CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SEM

LW476 ADVANCED LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT

LW481 INTERNATIONAL LAW

LW482 NATIONAL SECURITY LAW

LW488 BUSINESS LAW 

LW490 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE LAW

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full Law and Legal Studies Major Curriculum.

Law and legal studies majors have the opportunity to apply to gain practical experience while working closely with recognized experts during Majors can apply to participate in summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) programs, USMA-run academic enrichment experiences, programs and staff rides. Majors also get exposed to top legal minds as part of the Ron A. Salvatore Lecture Series and can hone their skills as part of the Mock Trial Club.

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Law , the West Point Center for the Rule of Law and the Lieber Institute for Law and Warfare.