JAG, law school etc.

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  1. aa5252000

    aa5252000 Appointee Dad

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    My cadet is considering JAG. She has some doubts tho since there appears to be a two year wait between graduation and applying for law school

    some questions I have are: once she decides on law school what are the real chances she can get into JAG? Where do most of the JAg lawyer types come from, i.e. OCS, ROTC or other?

    We want to have all the info we can get so she doesn't waste two years for something that may turn out to be very different than what she expected.

    Any info is appreciated.

    P.S. Thudgate was great big THANKS to everyone who helped put it on. See you next year for another one.
     
  2. Christcorp

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    My recollection from a student a few years back, is that the procedure for applying to law school is similar to medical school. You do your time at the academy, you take the LSAT, you apply to law schools, simultaneously applying for the air force to let you go to law school if accepted, they say yea/nay, and life moves on. After becoming a lawyer, you then get military training in the UCMJ (Military law) and similar disciplines.

    As far as being JAG, that is part of the assignment process. You could be assigned as an ADC (Area Defense Council). Basically, the "Court appointed Lawyer" for military members requiring a lawyer's services. Or, you could be assigned a prosecutor type case or assignment. That is a totally different area.

    But to answer your question, there are no guarantees. It isn't guaranteed that she will be accepted to go to law school. If she's fortunate to be, then no problem. All military lawyers are part of JAG. "Judge Advocate General". They are "Judge Advocates" and they all work for the "Judge Advocate General". Each branch of the military does it slightly different, but basically it's the same. So, again, she has to do the 4 years at the academy, apply to law school, take her LSAT, get accepted to the school, apply to the air force at the same time to go to law school, then graduate from that and be assigned as a judge advocate to practice law for the military. Remember, there are no guarantees, from any of the academies or even ROTC. Obviously, the best opportunity, it to do your entire degree program, including law school, on your own and come in OTS. But the military may or may not need her at that time. They could have too many lawyers. There's no guarantees in the military. best of luck. mike....
     
  3. Pima

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    JAG is very very competitive, and since she has to do 2 yrs AD before she can apply, the commissioning source is not going to play into as much as the LSAT and the recs.

    Here are a couple of links for you
    http://www.afjag.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123166606
    http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202431259048&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1
    Hope that helps
     
  4. aa5252000

    aa5252000 Appointee Dad

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    Thank you both. I am sure this will help.
     
  5. Platotroop

    Platotroop New Member

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    I am also interested in becomeing a JAG. So thanks for posting those sites.
     

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