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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:
(a) be a United States citizen of good moral character;
(b) be on active duty as a commissioned officer;
(c) be a college graduate;
(d) be in pay grade 0-1, 0-2, or 0-3 with 2 to 6 years' active-duty service (including any active enlisted time) as of the time of proposed entry into law school;
(e) be able to complete 20 years of active service as a commissioned officer before your 55th birthday;
(f) have taken the LSAT and have applied to an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school; and
(g) comply with all other requirements detailed in the governing instruction (Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1520.7(series)).

  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 instruction, SECNAVINST 1520.7 (series), and the most recent Navy administrative message (NAVADMIN).

  Application Deadlines

See deadlines included in the most recent NAVADMIN.

  Application Process

Please look for an annual NAVADMIN announcing the deadline and application procedures for the LEP board each year. Prior to submitting their application, LEP applicants are required to schedule a structured interview with two JAG Corps officers. Instructions for scheduling a structured interview are here. If you have any additional questions, please Contact Us.

Applicable NAVADMIN.

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