Jag after AFROTC?

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  1. pv123

    pv123 Member

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    DD is unable to find out any information about going to law school after a 4yr AFROTC. Is there a scholarship program that helps pay for law school to be a JAG officer immediately following AFROTC undergrad? And if so does a student then required to serve 8 years instead of 4? She's getting way ahead of herself but is very goal oriented after receiving a type 1 to Yale.
     
  2. sprog

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    The Air Force has a program called the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) that you can apply for after at least two years of active duty. It is very competitive; however, if selected, you can go to law school at the expense of the AF. If she is going on AFROTC and wants to apply for FLEP once on AD, she should get awesome grades in college, get a high LSAT, and most importanly, be a top junior officer in whatever career field she is assigned for the two years following commissioning.

    I'm not sure how current my information is, but you used to be able to get an educational delay after undergraduate school ended to attend law school. The expense of school was, however, on the student.

    I'm an attorney who was commissioned via AFROTC from VMI. I did law school on my own as a civilian after my service obligation ended. Some people have gone this route and tried to go back on active duty, and there are varying levels of success with this (I think it might be easier if you go to the Reserves during law school). Personally, I had no interest in going back into the USAF.

    I had one guy in my 1L section who was there on FLEP. He went off to be a JAG after graduation.

    If I'm honest, the best way to become a JAG is to go through law school on your own and then apply to the services. That is, don't bother with AFROTC. You can apply for the JAG as a law student, and I think if you are accepted can get paid as an O-1 until graduation (while spending summers working at a JAG office). It's tough to get that, though. Unfortunately, the Air Force has no shortage of attorneys, and they are less keen to pay for something where there is already a readily available supply. There are plenty of Bar-admitted young lawyers who apply for JAG and do not get accepted.

    Regarding student loans (and this is something you'd have to research), some branches will offer reimbursement and some will not. I don't think the USAF or Navy do, but I am not sure of that. I'm pretty sure the Army does offer it, but that would be something a prospective JAG would need to discuss with a recruiter.
     
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  3. pv123

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    Thank you Sprog!
     
  4. Pima

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    Here is the AF website.

    http://www.jagusaf.hq.af.mil/

    Besides FLEP, there is ED and ELP for JAG

    Sprog covered FLEP.

    This is ED
    http://www.jagusaf.hq.af.mil/Ed Delay Summary.pdf

    Key words here...compete, no scholarships and no guarantee they will be a JAG.

    ELP is a quasi program... ELP stands for Excessive Leave Program. Again it is for AD members that have 2-6 yrs, but the problem is like ED they will not receive pay or bennies during that time, and there is no guarantee they will get a JAG slot. However, their commitment time owed starts after they graduate Law School.

    Other catch you must be an O3, in other words back up plan for FLEP.
     

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