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Identify, Understand and Resolve Complex Issues

LEGAL STUDIES

The legal studies major provides a broad liberal arts background upon which a cadet may build expertise in the study of law and its role and function in both American society and the international community.

Increasingly complex legal considerations permeate every aspect of modern life in the civilian and military environments. Cadets who choose the legal studies major will be able to develop the analytical skills that will permit them to identify, understand and resolve the complex legal issues which they will likely encounter after graduation. The legal studies major is not a “prelaw” major, but is designed to provide cadets an enhanced knowledge of the law as part of a broadly focused education.

Legal studies cadets must complete 14 courses in addition to the required academic core; five of these must be upper-level courses offered by the Department of Law. In addition to the law courses, a legal studies major has discretion in taking courses offered by the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, Economics and Geosciences, English and Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, History, Management, Military Strategic Studies, Philosophy and Political Sciences. This program is designed to expose cadets to a range of issues within the discipline of law.

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Law for Air Force Officers
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Cyberlaw
  • Modern Application of the Law of Armed Conflict
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Chem 200

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

History 300

Law 220

Law 221

Law Opt

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Philos 310

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

ECE 315

Law 321

Law 351

Law Opt

Law Opt

Law Opt

Math 300

MSS 415/416

Ops Rsch 310

Academy Opt

Astro Engr 310

English 411

Law 421

Law 485

Law Opt

Mgt 400

Soc Sci 412

Soc Sci/Hum Opt

Soc Sci/Hum Opt

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

To learn more about this major, download the Legal Studies Major guide.

CONTACT US

Lt Col Shawn McKelvy
Assistant Professor of Law
shawn.mckelvy@usafa.edu
(719) 333-2729

INTERESTED IN LEGAL STUDIES?