From the Army JAG website - see attached below re educational delays. This is for Active Duty Commissions. There is no guarantee you will be accepted into the JAG Corps upon graduation and I know of at least one ROTC grad who was commissioned, granted and ed delay - and ended up in the QM Corps after graduating from law school. Ed delays are not granted automatically (see the attached criteria). If you are not accepted into the JAG Corps, upon graduation from Law School, you may end up in the QM Corps or wherever the Army wants you. Good luckHi everyone! I'm currently an MS2 contracted cadet for Army ROTC and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the pathways I can follow in my future to become a lawyer? I'd love to go JAGC after I get my JD. Thanks so much in advance!
Thank you so much for your response! Did you end up returning to the military after getting your JD or going private? If you did not go back to the Army can you tell me about your experiences being a little older than most of your fellow graduates since you delayed law school until after you finished your contract.So, to frankd's post above, completing active service obligation first may be wisest if your funds are short and don't wish to incur more student loans. I did check the FLEP website page and that is certainly a route. I believe the site says only about 25 are chosen for this program each year - so you will need top grades and LSATS.
Although I decided not to enter the JAG Corps after law school, I made the decision to apply to Law School while on active duty. I was accepted at several schools that allowd me 2 years to defer my acceptance to complete my active duty. The GI Bill paid most of my tuition (a lot cheaper then!!), and the current GI benefits may be helpful if you qualify. When you are a senior in law school you can then apply for a direct appointment to the JAG - your prior service will be counted for retirement.
No, after law school, completed my 8 year obligation in an active Reserve unit and entered government work at a DOE contractor, then private practice. First year law school is the hardest - and after 3 years out of college, took a bit to adjust. But definitely helped being a veteran in interviews for summer clerkships and first job. I would not trade the opportunity to serve active duty and grow as a leader for anything.Thank you so much for your response! Did you end up returning to the military after getting your JD or going private? If you did not go back to the Army can you tell me about your experiences being a little older than most of your fellow graduates since you delayed law school until after you finished your contract.