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Law Education Program

The Law Education Program (LEP) gives active-duty Navy officers the opportunity to enter law school, earn the degree of Juris Doctor, and subsequently serve as a career Navy judge advocate. This is a selective program typically accepting only four Navy officers each year.

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible for the LEP, you must:

  • be a United States citizen of good moral character;
  • be on active duty as a commissioned officer;
  • be a college graduate;
  • be in pay grade O-1, O-2, or O-3 with 2 to 6 years' active-duty service (including any active enlisted time) as of the time of proposed entry into law school;
  • be able to complete 20 years of active service as a commissioned officer before your 55th birthday;
  • have taken the LSAT and have applied to an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school; and
  • comply with all other requirements detailed in the governing instruction (Secretary of the Navy Instruction SECNAVINST 1520.7.

No waivers will be considered for Time in Service requirements.

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How it Works

Applicants must take the LSAT and apply to law school. Applicants are encouraged to apply to more than one school, but must apply to at least one law school in which they are eligible for in-state tuition and one school that is close to the officer's current duty station.

LEPs will remain on active-duty, with pay and benefits, while attending law school and completing the bar examination. Obligated service is two full years for each year or part thereof in the program, in addition to any other obligation, which the individual has incurred.

For further details, please refer to the implementing guidance, SECNAVINST 1520.7 and the most recent Navy administrative message (NAVADMIN).

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Application Deadlines

The deadline for LEP is 21 September 2018.

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Application Process

The selection board meets in February of each year. Selected officers are typically notified in March.

Generally, the application process involves the following steps:

  • Complete a structured interview. Your interview must be completed before the application deadline, and you are responsible for contacting the appropriate office to schedule your interview. Your application will not be considered without a completed interview.
  • Send a written request with current contact information and official college transcripts from each school attended via your commanding officer to the address delineated in the NAVADMIN.
  • Submit a completed application by the deadline announced in the applicable NAVADMIN. LSAT Score Reports may be submitted via separate correspondence after the deadline, but must be received prior to the convening of the selection board.
  • NOTE: Applicants must provide a prioritized list of ABA-accredited law schools to which the applicant applied. Applicants must apply to at least one law school at which in-state tuition can be obtained and one school near the officer's current duty station.
Law Education Program Application Checklist

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