Law School

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by globalview2, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. globalview2

    globalview2 Member

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    What opportunities, if any, are there for law school after USAFA or USMA? Can you go directly after graduation or does one have to serve time first? Any info on this would be appreciated!
     
  2. patentesq

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    You can do both. The former (Educational Delay) is probably more competitive than the latter (using GI Bill after service). I think most grads go after their service obligation is complete, because the service obligation is longer if you delay. Some USMA classes have upwards of 10% of the class who ultimately become lawyers.
     
  3. Jcleppe

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    From what I have read of the revisions to the Post 9/11 GI Bill there have been changes regarding officers that graduate from SA's or with ROTC scholarships.

    Officers that graduate from either of the above have a service obligation required to qualify for the GI Bil. The service obligation that is required from the SA or ROTC Scholarship does not count.

    SA 5 years AD
    Scholarship 4years AD

    If the officer has an additional 2 years AD after the initial obligation then they qualify for 80% of the GI Bill.

     
  4. Pima

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    The AF has 2 paths for law school. One will guarantee you will go to JAG upon passing the bar, the other path does not. Upon graduating and passing the bar you must compete with everyone for a JAG slot.

    The 1st path requires you to serve 2 yrs AD and again you must compete for it, the competition is insane. I believe the acceptance rate is @10% overall. You will be paid as an AF officer, and they will pay tuition too. You must show proof that you have been accepted by a law school.

    The 2nd path you pay for everything yourself, and basically you spend your summers in the AD world. That is the only time you will be paid a salary. As a sr. in college or the AFA you must submit a request for ED and illustrate that you have been accepted by a law school.

    I am not sure about commitment owed regarding when the clock actually starts for either paths.
     
  5. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Luckily for us that only applies to USMA, USNA and USAFA due to an oversight by Congress:

    http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/education/gibill-33a.asp

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  6. goldenlion

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    FLEP

    Google FLEP (Funded Legal Education Program), and you will find more info. I think all the services have this program to some degree.

    Here is a short synopsis that I found off of one website. It seems accurate from what I remember:

    "The FLEP is a paid legal studies program for active-duty Air Force commissioned officers. The FLEP is an assignment action. Participants receive full pay, allowances, and tuition. FLEP applicants must have between two and six years active duty service (enlisted or commissioned) and must be in the pay grade O-3 or below as of the day they begin law school. The FLEP is subject to tuition limitations. Positions may be limited due to overall funding availability. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) establishes the tuition limit. Academic Year 2010 was set at approximately $16,000 per year, but this amount may change year to year. "
     

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