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Internship & Externship Programs

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. As a Navy JAG Corps intern/extern, 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:

  • be a United States citizen of good moral character;
  • 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;
  • have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); and
  • 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.

Factors Affecting Eligibility: Dual citizens and foreign nationals are not eligible. Final selection is contingent upon successful completion of security screening.

Note: There are no physical fitness or medical requirements. If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility after reviewing the application and required security documents, please call the Special Assistant for Recruiting at (202) 685-8527.

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How it Works


Full-time positions, either unpaid or paid, during each summer. You may apply to both unpaid and paid positions (when both are available).

  • Length of internship: Internships are for a MINIMUM eight (8) weeks, with the option to work for 10-12 full weeks. Extensions into the fall or spring semester are not authorized unless you reapply and are accepted for that additional period.
  • School Credit: You may receive school credit for unpaid internships only.
  • Full/Part Time: All summer internships are full-time positions.
  • Start/End Dates: The formal start date for internships is the first Monday of June.

Semester-long unpaid positions.

  • Length of externship: Externships are limited to a single semester—extensions into summers or follow on semesters are not authorized unless you reapply and are accepted for that additional period.
  • School Credit: you may receive school credit for externships.
  • Full/Part Time: Externships may be full-time or part-time depending on your preferences. The Navy JAG Corps supports full-time “Semester In Practice” (SIP) programs.
  • Start/End Dates: semester externships allow for flexible start and end dates, but typically begin in August or September and end in November or December.

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.

  • Specific locations available will be updated on this website for unpaid positions, and paid position locations will be listed in the relevant job announcement via usajobs.gov.
  • 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.
  • For Unpaid Internship and externship positions: 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.
Areas of Practice

Assigned duties and practice areas will vary by location and office. In the past, interns and externs have clerked with the Navy Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, conducted research into environmental law issues, assisted defense attorneys with criminal cases, and researched ethical obligations.

  • Most students outside of the Washington DC area will be assigned to either Region Legal Service Offices (RLSO) or Defense Service Offices (DSO).
    • RLSOs provide legal assistance to Sailors and their families, prosecute criminal cases and administrative separation boards, and provide advice to commands.
    • DSOs provide defense services to Sailors in both military criminal courts and at administrative separation boards.
  • Students assigned to the Washington DC area may be placed at either a RLSO or a DSO, but there are also opportunities to clerk with the Navy Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals or to work in one of the offices within the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG). OJAG areas of practice include National Security Law, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Assistance Policy, Appellate Practice, and Trial Counsel Assistance.

For more information on the intern & extern programs, visit our blog.

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Application Deadlines

Summer Internships
  • 2019 Summer Unpaid Internship: January 18, 2019
  • 2019 Summer Paid Internship: TBD based on available funding (exact date TBD)
Fall Externships2018 Fall Locations:
Bethesda, MD; Fort Worth, TX; Great Lakes, IL; Groton, CT; Jacksonville, FL; Mayport, FL; Millington, TN; Monterey, CA; Norfolk, VA; San Diego, CA; Ventura, CA; Washington, DC.

The Fall 2019 externship application is due June 7, 2019.

Spring Externships

The Spring 2019 externship application has closed. The Spring 2020 externship application deadline is TBD Fall 2019.

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Application Process

If you are having difficulty downloading the below PDF file, right click on the link and save the file to your computer. 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.

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 should be addressed to the "Special Assistant for Recruiting". Mailed transcripts and recommendation letters will not be considered. The following address should ONLY be used for letterhead:

    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
Tips for a Successful Intern/Extern Application
Intern/Extern Application Checklist

You MUST use the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat software to complete this application. Do not fill out the application by hand. Failure to complete the application using Adobe Acrobat will render your application ineligible for consideration by the selection board. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is available to download for free here.

If you have questions, please send an e-mail or call the Special Assistant for Recruiting at (202) 685-8527.

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Internship Program Statistics 2018:

  • Avg. LSAT of selected students: 157 (range: 138-179)
  • Avg. GPA of selected students: 3.14 (range: 2.18-3.9)

Ana Maria Burgos-Solis


Summer 2017 Intern
University of San Diego School of Law
Class of 2018

"I chose to intern with the Navy JAG in hopes that after law school I would have the opportunity to serve as a judge advocate and the honor of wearing the uniform. I admire the skill, discipline and integrity of those Navy judge advocates I have had the privilege to meet and I aspire to join them in selfless service."