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The Navy JAG Corps' Student Program (SP) is the most common way to become a Navy JAG Corps officer. It enables selected law students to commission in the inactive Navy Reserve while attending law school. Upon law school graduation, bar admission and successful completion of the Navy Officer Development School (ODS), participants are appointed as active-duty Navy judge advocates, ready to start their adventure.

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible for the Student Program (SP) with the Navy JAG Corps, you must:
(a) be a United States citizen of good moral character;
(b) be younger than 42 years of age at the time you begin active duty;
(c) have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); and
(d) be a law student with at least one year of school completed, attending an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited school, or a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school who has not yet had the opportunity to take the first available bar exam following graduation. Students who attend law school part time or intend to matriculate in a dual degree program must be within two years of completing all remaining degree requirements; and
(e) meet the physical requirements for commission in the Navy.

  How it Works

Once accepted into the program, SP participants continue law school until graduation and have time to study for and take the first bar examination after law school. After the bar examination, SP participants begin their Navy training.

SP participants first attend ODS in Newport, RI. This course is five weeks long and is normally attended in August or October after taking the bar examination. The second step in the training pipeline is the Basic Lawyer Course at Naval Justice School (NJS), also located in Newport, RI. Training at NJS is ten weeks.

Upon graduation from NJS, new judge advocates report to their first duty station.
For more information, visit the Path of a Navy JAG Corps Officer.

  Application Process

The process consists of two phases: Navy JAG Corps professional recommendation and a Navy commission application. Submitting an application doesn't mean you joined the Navy. Applicants are under no obligation whatsoever until they are offered and accept a commission with the Navy at the end of both phases.

Phase One: Professional Recommendation

1. Fill out the online application form and submit it to the Navy JAG Corps Accessions Office via the application website. The online application must be submitted prior to requesting an interview, and all documents must be submitted prior to the expiration of the deadline in order to be considered.

2. Once the online application is submitted, applicants must send a request for an interview with two Navy JAG Corps officers before the deadline. Additionally, the actual interview must be completed before the application deadline.

3. Navy JAG Corps Accessions Boards meet two times a year to review applications and select candidates based on the "whole-person" concept. If your application is approved, you will be considered "professionally recommended" for commissioning and move on to Phase Two.

Basic Eligibility
Please review the links under Phase Two to verify eligibility for a commission in the Navy. Please note some medical conditions are permanently disqualifying because they prevent an individual from being world-wide deployable.

Complete the online application and upload supporting documents before the deadline.

Navy JAG Corps Online Application

Letters of Recommendation Form (DD370)

An in-person Navy JAG Corps interview is required prior to the application deadline. A completed application must be submitted to the Navy JAG Corps website before an applicant will be permitted to schedule an interview. Click on the link below to read the guidance on obtaining an interview.

Guidance on obtaining a Navy JAG Corps interview

Board Review
After receiving all applications, the board meets to “professionally recommend” applicants. Approximately ten weeks after the application deadline, results are announced via a status change on the application website. In addition, selected applicants are notified individually and will thereafter move on to Phase Two.

Phase Two: Navy Commission Application

1. A local Navy recruiter will contact you to complete the commissioning requirements, including a medical examination and security investigation.
2. Upon satisfactory completion of these requirements, you will be offered a commission.
3. If you accept, you will then take the oath of office for a commission and sign a Service Agreement.

Note: A professional recommendation does not guarantee that you will be offered a commission.

Information on Standards for Navy Commissioning Eligibility:
Medical Qualifications

Physical Fitness Standards Test

If you have any questions about the medical qualifications or physical fitness standards, please contact a Navy recruiter.

Final Selection

The final selection of applicants is conducted by Navy Recruiting Command. Selected applicants will be offered a commission in the Navy JAG Corps. If you accept the commission, you will be commissioned in the Navy JAG Corps Program for which you applied.

Note: If you are not selected, you may reapply by each deadline as long as you remain eligible. You must submit a new application, as all applications and supporting documents are destroyed following board review.

  Application Deadlines

The Fall 2014 Student Program application deadline is October 3, 2014. The Spring 2015 Student Program deadline and application will be available later this summer.

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