Law school opportunities?

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  1. Lone Star

    Lone Star Candidate Appointee

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    I'm an appointed candidate to the Class of 2017 at USMA, and I was wondering about opportunities for law and law school work. Though I am by no means set on a major, career path, or even job in the Army, being a lawyer is something that has interested me.

    Can you attend law school after graduation? Does the Army help fund that? And what are your deployment opportunities as an Army lawyer? (As in, are you strictly a lawyer after that or would you still be able to be deployed to do a different job?)
     
  2. 845something

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    You can major in law while at West Point, but you can't branch into the JAG corps or go directly to law school after graduation.

    There is an Army-wide selection process for the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) for senior lieutenants that would sponsor you to go back for a JD. Once the Army has invested in that, that is pretty much your career path for quite awhile. You will incur and additional service obligation on top of your 5 year Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) from West Point (but you'll likely finish that out while in grad school since it should be concurrent).
     
  3. Lone Star

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    Alright, thank you for the reply.

    How competitive is FLEP?

    Also, if not through FLEP, can you use your GI Bill to fund law school during/after your service?
     

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