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The Navy JAG Corps offers summer internships and school year externships to law students wishing to gain valuable legal experience, the opportunity for academic credit, and greater insight into life as a Navy judge advocate. Due to funding constraints, only unpaid opportunities are currently available. As a Navy JAG Corps volunteer, you'll be assigned to a legal command/staff and gain experience in traditional Navy JAG Corps practice areas such as military justice (criminal prosecution and defense), legal assistance (providing general legal advice to Sailors and their families), and command services (advising military commanders and their staffs).

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible for an internship or externship position with the Navy JAG Corps, you must:
(a) be a United States citizen of good moral character (dual citizens and foreign nationals are not eligible);
(b) be younger than 42 years of age at time you would begin active duty if selected as a Student Program or Direct Appointment Program candidate;
(c) have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); and
(d) be a law student enrolled in an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited school, and have completed at least the first year of law school prior to the start of the internship or externship.

Please note that final selection and placement are contingent upon successful completion of security screening. If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility after reviewing the application and required security documents, please call (202) 685-8527.

  How it Works

Summer internships are typically full-time for 8-10 weeks at Navy locations throughout the United States and overseas, while school term externships are more flexible in duration and timing. Assigned duties and practice areas will vary by location and office.

During the application process, you'll be asked to list three Navy locations where you'd like to complete an internship or externship. In the past, interns have been assigned to legal offices in California, Illinois, Washington, DC, Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Washington, Hawaii, Italy, and Japan.

If selected, you'll be offered a position at a specific location. Although every effort will be made to accommodate your location preferences, availability at each location cannot be guaranteed and flexibility is strongly encouraged. Applicants are personally responsible for making all travel and living arrangements. The Navy will not provide funding for travel, lodging, or per diem of any kind.

  Application Deadlines

The 2018 Summer Internship application window is now closed. The Fall 2018 Externship deadline is Friday, 8 June 2018.

  Application Process

Applications and required documents must be submitted via e-mail in PDF format. Applications, to include all required documents, must be received by midnight (Eastern Time) on the application deadline. Structured interviews are not required for the summer internship or school year externship programs. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

Office of the Judge Advocate General
Special Assistant for Recruiting Military Personnel (Code 61)
1322 Patterson Ave., Suite 3000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066

Internship/Externship Application
If you are having difficulty downloading the above PDF file, right click on the link and save the file to your computer.

If you continue to have difficulties downloading the PDF, please use the below non-fillable version. Internship/Externship Application (Non-fillable)

If you have questions, please send an e-mail or call (202) 685-8527.

Declaration for Federal Employment.

When submitting your internship or externship application, please keep your e-mail size smaller than 7MB; you may send multiple e-mails if necessary. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within five business days. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail please call (202) 685-8527 to confirm that your application has been received.

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