Will a ROTC/SMP scholarship cover law school without committing to JAG?

JarKay

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I plan on getting my AAS in political science at the Juco level before transferring to a university to get my undergrad. If I waited to apply for a scholarship through ROTC/SMP until my junior would the 4 year degree cover law school without committing me to JAG. I would like to fulfill a combat role instead of being a lawyer while in the Army.
 

clarksonarmy

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You can't use a scholarship to pay for two degrees, so you could either hope to land a two year scholarship and then request ed delay for law school, which would probably require you to serve JAG Corps, or you could try for a scholarship for your advanced degree and then you would compete for branch just like everyone else. Of course if you are talking about an "SMP" scholarship you are going to serve in the Guard or Reserves when you graduate. You should talk to the ROO at the program you plan to attend, because what you want to do is complicated, and is not going to work like you think it is.
 

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So I could pay for undergrad myself and then apply for a scholarship through the ROTC to pay for law school and commission as a 2LT after law school without having to go JAG?
 

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So I could pay for undergrad myself and then apply for a scholarship through the ROTC to pay for law school and commission as a 2LT after law school without having to go JAG?

That is a possibility, but you need to talk to the programs you will be part of, and have a plan... there will,probably not be any guarantees to start.
 

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Would I be able to commission into the Reserves as an 2LT after earning my undergrad if I received an ROTC scholarship. Pay for law school myself or with Reserve assistance and after graduating from law school transfer to active duty?
 
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