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Student Program (SP)

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A: You must be able to complete 20 years of commissioned service before age 62. The age limit cannot be waived.

A: Please see our Tip Sheet for advice on completing and submitting your Photo, Resume, Structured Interview, Transcripts, Employment history, Leadership Involvement, Personal Statement, Adverse Information, and Letters of Recommendation.

A: We currently have two (2) selection boards per year for the Student Program, one in the Fall around October and one in the Spring around February. Please refer to the Student Program page for current deadlines.

A: No, you are only eligible to apply for the Direct Appointment Program if you have graduated from law school and have had an opportunity to take the first available bar exam.

A: Yes, provisionally-approved ABA law schools meet this requirement.

A: No, full time students must have completed their first year of law school before applying to the Student Program. Part time students must be within two years of graduating law school in order to apply—typically this requires completion of two years of part-time study. You may, however, be eligible to apply for a Summer Internship or Externship with the Navy JAG Corps.

A: You must be within 2 years of graduating from your second degree (whichever is later).

A: Part time students must be within two years of graduating law school in order to apply—typically this requires completion of two years of part-time study.

A: No, unofficial transcripts are sufficient for your application.

A: Please include a note in the “Remarks” section of your application stating that your law school does not provide student rankings.

A: Please include a note in the “Remarks” section of your application explaining the lack of LSAT score.

A: Email all separate letters to navyaccessions@navy.mil.

Applied, Pending Results

A: Please ensure your application account has the following documents uploaded or you have confirmed electronic delivery from a third party:

  • photo
  • resume
  • 3-5 letters of recommendation
  • undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • LSAC score report

If all of these documents are uploaded or you have received confirmation from third party sources of separate electronic submission, please contact navyaccessions@navy.mil to verify that we have received all separately-submitted materials.

A: Results are usually available ten (10) weeks after the application deadline. Your status on the application page will be updated to either “Professionally Recommended” or “Not Professionally Recommended” to indicate your selection. The Navy JAG Corps Facebook and career page pages will also be updated when results are available. If you are professionally recommended, you will be contacted directly via phone and email.

Applied, Not Selected

A: The discussions at selection boards are not allowed to be shared outside of the board proceedings, so specific information pertaining to individuals is not available. Although we have offered a general record review in the past, our resources are such that we cannot continue to offer this service except in unusual circumstances. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of the selection process:

  • We receive hundreds of highly competitive applications each board and have only a limited number of selection quotas available to offer Professional Recommendations to. The selection rate for the Student Program continues to hover around 5 to 20% for the past 5 years, and even less for our other commissioning programs.
  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, and structured interview feedback.
  • If you have the opportunity, we always highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to observe and work closely with Navy judge advocates through the internship/externship program. This provides candidates with a better understanding of the nature of our mission, practice and Navy Core Values.

A: The decision is yours, but there is no downside to reapplying. Your application will receive a fresh look at each selection board that you are eligible for.

A: Every applicant is different. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of our selection process:

  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, and structured interview feedback.
  • You may want to consider diversifying your letters of recommendation. Having letters from both prior/current employers and law professors will provide a more comprehensive picture.
  • If you have the opportunity, we always highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to observe and work closely with Navy judge advocates through the internship/externship program. This provides candidates with a better understanding of the nature of our mission, practice and Navy Core Values.

Applied, Selected

A: A “professional recommendation” means the Navy JAG Corps has pre-approved you for acceptance into our community. However, this is only the first step. You must now successfully complete the commissioning process and training pipeline before you begin your first tour of duty as a judge advocate. You should have received notification by telephone or email by now, including a deadline on when you must provide a response accepting or declining the Professional Recommendation. If you accept, you will begin working with your local recruiter. Upon being assigned a recruiter by Naval Recruiting Command, contact the recruiter as soon as possible either by email or by phone. Once you have made contact with your recruiter, you will begin working towards the second step of the process, commissioning. You will meet with your recruiter to fill out initial paperwork and will ultimately be scheduled for a full physical exam at your nearest Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). You will also work with your recruiter to complete the documents necessary for a secret security clearance.

A: You will work with your local recruiter to begin the commissioning process. It is essential you get in touch with your recruiter as soon as possible after receiving your assignment in order to begin the process. The two major components of that process include passing a medical examination and completing all requirements for a secret security clearance.

A: When you commission varies significantly from person to person. Some individuals are able to commission within a few months of receiving their assigned recruiters and others may take up to a year.

A: You will begin the training pipeline after you have commissioned and after you have taken the bar exam. You may begin Officer Development School (ODS) prior to receiving passing bar results, but you must have passing bar results prior to attending Naval Justice School (NJS). By way of example, if you graduated in May from law school and took the Arizona bar exam in July then you would most likely attend the August ODS class, receive your passing bar results at the end of September, and then begin Naval Justice School in October. Following graduation from Naval Justice School, you will report to your first duty station.

A. When you first commission you will do so into the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). At that time, you will not be receiving pay or benefits. When you begin ODS, you will receive pay and benefits during that timeframe. Once ODS is complete, you will return to the IRR and will not receive pay or benefits from the Navy until you begin NJS. Once you begin NJS you will officially start active duty and will receive all corresponding pay and benefits.

A: Where you are stationed depends on when you commissioned, your desired locations, and the needs of the Navy at the time you graduate from Naval Justice School. The detailers will begin working with you a few months out from your law school graduation to request where you would like to be stationed. You will maintain a close dialogue with them as you begin the training pipeline.

A: A prior medical condition may delay or potentially halt your commissioning. Further information on how medical conditions may impact your commissioning can be found in the “medical” link under the “Who is Eligible” section here.

A: Once you are professionally recommended you will work with your local recruiter to complete all required paperwork to obtain a secret security clearance.

A: If you are already professionally recommended and have commissioned in any military branch JAG Corps, you are not eligible for the summer internship. Individuals already professionally recommended but not yet commissioned will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A: Please reach out to navyaccessions@navy.mil or 202-685-5273 and we would be more than happy to discuss with you further.

A: The senior detailer will determine whether you need to attend ODS. The factors he/she will consider include the following: how long you have been in the reserves, when and if you served on active duty, and how long ago you served on active duty.

A: For promotion purposes, you will begin your time as a JAG as a new O-3. You will maintain your time in service for retirement purposes.

A: Yes, you will be receiving a superseding commission as a JAG and will need to go through MEPS again.

A: Yes, you will attend ODS.

A: For promotion purposes, you will begin your time as a JAG as a new O-3. You will maintain your time in service for retirement purposes.

A: Yes, you will need to attend MEPS again as you are receiving a superseding commission into the JAG Corps.

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Direct Appointment Program (DAP)

Not Yet Applied

A: You must be able to complete 20 years of commissioned service before age 62. The age limit cannot be waived.

A: Please see our Tip Sheet for advice on completing and submitting your Photo, Resume, Structured Interview, Transcripts, Employment history, Leadership Involvement, Personal Statement, Adverse Information, and Letters of Recommendation.

A: We currently have one (1) selection board per year for the Direct Appointment Program held in the Spring. The deadline is typically in February. Please refer to the Direct Appointment Program page for current deadlines.

A: Yes, as long as your law school was accredited when you graduated.

A: No. You must have obtained a Juris Doctor from an ABA-approved law school.

A: No, you are only eligible to apply for the Direct Appointment Program if you are admitted to practice law.

A: No, unofficial transcripts are sufficient for your application.

A: Please include a note in the “Remarks” section of your application stating that your law school does not provide student rankings.

A: Please include a note in the “Remarks” section of your application explaining the lack of LSAT score.

A: Email all separate letters to navyaccessions@navy.mil.

Applied, Pending Results

A: Please ensure your application account has the following documents uploaded or you have confirmed electronic delivery from a third party: photo, resume, 3-5 letters of recommendation, undergraduate and law school transcripts, proof of bar license, and LSAC score report. If all of these documents are uploaded or you have received confirmation from third party sources of separate electronic submission, please contact navyaccessions@navy.mil to verify that we have received all separately-submitted materials.

A: Results are usually available ten (10) weeks after the application deadline. Your status on the application page will be updated to either “Professionally Recommended” or “Not Professionally Recommended” to indicate your selection. The Navy JAG Corps Facebook and career page pages will also be updated when results are available. If you are professionally recommended, you will be contacted directly via phone and email.

Applied, Not Selected

A: The discussions at selection boards are not allowed to be shared outside of the board proceedings, so specific information pertaining to individuals is not available. Although we have offered a general record review in the past, our resources are such that we cannot continue to offer this service except in unusual circumstances. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of the selection process:

  • We receive hundreds of highly competitive applications each board and have only a limited number of selection quotas available to offer Professional Recommendations to. The selection rate for the Direct Appointment Program continues to hover around 5% for the past 5 years.
  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, and structured interview feedback.

A: The decision is yours, but there is no downside to reapplying. Your application will receive a fresh look at each selection board that you are eligible for.

A: Every applicant is different. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of our selection process:

  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, and structured interview feedback.

Applied, Selected

A: A “professional recommendation” means the Navy JAG Corps has pre-approved you for acceptance into our community. However, this is only the first step. You must now successfully complete the commissioning process and training pipeline before you begin your first tour of duty as a judge advocate. You should have received notification by telephone or email by now, including a deadline on when you must provide a response accepting or declining the Professional Recommendation. If you accept, you will receive additional information regarding when to expect to be assigned to a Navy recruiter. Upon being assigned a recruiter by Naval Recruiting Command, contact them as soon as possible either by email or by phone. Once you have made contact with your recruiter, you will begin working towards the second step of the process, commissioning. You will meet with your recruiter to fill out initial paperwork and will ultimately be scheduled for a full physical exam at your nearest Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). You will also work with your recruiter to complete the documents necessary for a secret security clearance.

A: You will work with your local recruiter to begin the commissioning process. The two major components of that process include passing a medical examination and completing all requirements for a secret security clearance.

A: When you commission varies significantly from person to person. Some individuals are able to commission within a few months of receiving their assigned recruiters and others may take up to a year.

A: You will begin the training pipeline shortly after you have commissioned.

A: You will begin receiving pay and benefits upon beginning Officer Development School (ODS). If there is a gap between ODS and Naval Justice School (NJS) you will report to your ultimate duty station to await the start of Naval Justice School (NJS). Once NJS begins, you will report to NJS and upon completion of the school, you will once again report to your ultimate duty station.

A: Where you are stationed depends on a combination of your requested locations along with the needs of the Navy at the time you graduate Naval Justice School. The detailers will begin working with you a few months out from when you begin ODS to request where you would like to be stationed and you will maintain a close dialogue with them as you begin the training pipeline.

A: A prior medical condition may delay or potentially halt your commissioning. Further information on how medical conditions may impact your commissioning can be found in the “medical” link under the “Who is Eligible” section here.

A: Once you are professionally recommended you will work with your local recruiter to complete all required paperwork to obtain a secret security clearance.

A: Please reach out to navyaccessions@navy.mil or 202-685-5273 and we would be more than happy to discuss with you further.

A: The senior detailer will determine whether you need to attend ODS. The factors he/she will consider include the following: how long you have been in the reserves, when and if you served on active duty, and how long ago you served on active duty.

A: For promotion purposes, you will begin your time as a JAG as a new O-3. You will maintain your time in service for retirement purposes.

A: Yes, you will be receiving a superseding commission as a JAG and will

A: Yes, you will attend ODS.

A: For promotion purposes, you will begin your time as a JAG as a new O-3. You will maintain your time in service for retirement purposes.

A: Yes, you will need to attend MEPS again as you are receiving a superseding commission into the JAG Corps.

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In-service Procurement Program (IPP)

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A: No, we are not approving waivers for the rank eligibility requirement.

A: No, we are not approving waivers for the time in service requirement.

A: Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, previous service evals, and structured interview feedback.

A: No, but you should at least be in the process of applying to law schools before turning in your application.

A: If you attend law school on your own, you may be eligible via another commissioning program, such as the Student Program or the Direct Appointment Program.

Applied, Pending Results

A: You will be notified approximately six (6) weeks after the board meets.

A: If selected, you will be notified via phone call. If you are not selected, you will be notified via email.

Applied, Not Selected

A: The discussions at selection boards are not allowed to be shared outside of the board proceedings, so specific information pertaining to individuals is not available. Although we have offered a general record review in the past, our resources are such that we cannot continue to offer this service except in unusual circumstances. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of the selection process:

  • We receive many of highly competitive applications each board and have only a limited number of quotas available. The selection rate for the In-service Procurement Program continues to hover around 5% for the past 4 years.
  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, military evaluations, and structured interview feedback.

A: The decision is yours, but there is no downside to reapplying. Your application will receive a fresh look at each selection board that you are eligible for.

A: Every applicant is different. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of our selection process:

  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, military evaluations, and structured interview feedback.

Applied, Selected

A: Mandatory tuition and fees will be paid by the Department of the Navy. Reimbursement for bar exam courses will be in accordance with current Naval Postgraduate School policy. The costs associated with a single application to a court for admission to practice law and any related bar examination will be paid by the Department of the Navy.

A: You may sit for any bar exam you wish.

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Law Education Program (LEP)

Not Yet Applied

A: You are still eligible to apply. “Legal Training” marks the point at which you attach to the reserve unit that you will belong to during law school. This requires being accepted into a law school, having orders to that law school, and being released from your prior officer community. The timeline is very short and can be difficult.

Applied, Not Selected

A: The discussions at selection boards are not allowed to be shared outside of the board proceedings, so specific information pertaining to individuals is not available. Although we have offered a general record review in the past, our resources are such that we cannot continue to offer this service except in unusual circumstances. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of the selection process:

  • We receive a number of highly competitive applications each board and have only a limited number of quotas available.
  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, military FITREPs, and structured interview feedback.

A: The decision is yours, but there is no downside to reapplying. Your application will receive a fresh look at each selection board that you are eligible for.

A: Every applicant is different. However, some general factors to keep in mind as part of our selection process:

  • Our board uses a whole person standard, which takes into account academic performance, demonstrated leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, commitment to public service, likelihood of success as a judge advocate, military FITREPs, and structured interview feedback.

Applied, Selected

A: The Navy pays for tuition each term up to $21,500. Once schooling has begun, you are also eligible for reimbursement of your application, transcript, and eventually bar prep fees.

A:You may sit for any bar exam you wish.

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Internship/Externship Program

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A: You will receive a confirmation of receipt within 5 business days of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Internship Program Manager at code61@navy.mil or (202) 685-8527.

A: Locations vary every summer, and we will do our best to update the internship page with available locations for each summer. Internship positions are typically available at the following locations each summer:

  • Washington, DC area (inc. Northern Virginia)
  • CALIFORNIA: Coronado, Lemoore, San Diego
  • CONNECTICUT: Groton
  • FLORIDA: Jacksonville/Mayport, Pensacola
  • GEORGIA: Kings Bay
  • HAWAII
  • ILLINOIS: Great Lakes
  • LOUISIANA: New Orleans
  • MARYLAND: Annapolis, Bethesda, Fort Meade
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport
  • RHODE ISLAND: Newport
  • TENNESSEE: Millington
  • TEXAS: Fort Worth, Corpus Christi
  • VIRGINIA: Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach
  • WASHINGTON: Bremerton
  • OVERSEAS: Italy, Bahrain, Japan

A: This is up to you. Every location will offer something a little different, but all internship positions will offer exposure to life in the Navy JAG Corps. For unpaid internships, consider costs associated with travel, lodging, and transportation.

A: Most internships are unpaid. For Summer 2018, there will be both paid and unpaid internships available for rising 3Ls. Only unpaid internships are available for rising 2Ls. For details on the paid internship opportunities, watch for an announcement on our internship page and the Navy JAG Corps Facebook page.

A: If you are a rising 3L, you can apply to our paid internship program. Watch for an announcement on our internship page and the Navy JAG Corps Facebook page. If you are a rising 2L, you may be able to apply to a scholarship or grant program through your law school. You also can consider an externship during the school year.

Applied, Pending Results

A: Decisions are made within two weeks of the deadline.

A: All applicants will be notified via email.

Applied, Not Selected

A: Fall and Spring externship deadlines are posted on the internship/externship page.

Applied, Selected

A: If you would like to remain on the alternate list, please respond to the notification email as instructed. If opportunities become available, you will be notified by email. Typically, all available opportunities are advertised to alternates, regardless of location preferences included on your application. Decisions will be made based primarily on who responds first to the particular offer.

A: The formal internship program begins the first Monday of June.

A: You must be able to complete eight (8) full weeks to participate in the summer internship program. With command approval, you have the option to work up to 10 weeks.

A: We do not allow typical “split summers,” interns must be able to complete at least eight (8) full weeks with the Navy JAG Corps.

A: Please ensure you are completing all required paperwork, certificate training, and fingerprint cards as instructed by email. Otherwise, there is nothing you need to do to prepare for your internship.

A: You will need at least two forms of government ID in order to get approved for computer access. Additionally, you will need business-attire and casual-business attire clothes. We encourage interns to participate in command-sponsored physical training (“PT”) during their internships and you may want to bring appropriate gym-attire in order to participate. Finally, you will likely be participating in numerous field trips throughout the summer that will require clothing and walking shoes appropriate for ship tours and in Naval aircraft. Therefore, ensure you have a pair of appropriate closed-toe shoes; ladies should bring one pair of slacks, as skirts are not appropriate for ship/aircraft tours.

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Reserves

A: There are very limited opportunities to enter the Navy JAG Corps unless you were already active duty in the Navy JAG Corps. Currently, you must have at least one year of prior active duty to be eligible to apply for the Navy JAG Corps Reserves. For questions regarding the Reserves, please contact CDR Matt Hawkins at matthew.b.hawkins@navy.mil.

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For all Applicants

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