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The Navy JAG Corpsí Student Program (SP) is the most common way to become a Navy JAG Corps officer. It enables selected law students to commission in the inactive Navy Reserve while attending law school. Upon law school graduation, bar admission and successful completion of Navy Officer Development School (ODS), participants are appointed as active-duty Navy judge advocates, ready to start their adventure.

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible for the Student Program (SP) with the Navy JAG Corps, you must:
(a) be a United States citizen of good moral character;
(b) be younger than 42 years of age at the time you begin active duty;
(c) have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); and
(d) be a law student with at least one year of school completed, attending an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited school, or a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school who has not yet had the opportunity to take the first available bar exam following graduation. Students who attend law school part time or intend to matriculate in a dual degree program must be within two years of completing all remaining degree requirements; and
(e) meet the physical and medical requirements for commission in the Navy. If you have any questions about the medical qualifications or physical fitness standards, please contact a Navy recruiter.

  How it Works

Becoming a judge advocate is a two phase process. The first phase is to apply for a Professional Recommendation to become a judge advocate. If you are Professionally Recommended you then apply for a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Once accepted into the program, SP participants continue law school until graduation and take the first bar examination after law school. After the bar examination, SP participants begin their Navy training.

SP participants first attend the five-week Navy Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. The next step in the training pipeline is the ten-week Basic Lawyer Course at Naval Justice School (NJS), also in Newport, RI. Upon graduation from NJS, new judge advocates report to their first duty station.

Upon graduation from NJS, new judge advocates report to their first duty station.
For more information, visit the Path of a Navy JAG Corps Officer.

  Application Process

Submitting an application doesn't mean you joined the Navy. Applicants are under no obligation whatsoever until they are offered and accept a commission with the Navy at the end of both phases.

Phase One: Apply for a Professional Recommendation

Prior to the application deadline you must complete three steps:


1. Complete the online Navy JAG Corps Online Application. If you have difficulties accessing the online application click here.


2. Complete an interview. The online application must be submitted prior to requesting an interview. Information for scheduling a Navy JAG Corps interview is available here. 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.


3. Ensure your letters of recommendation have been submitted. Letters of recommendation can be uploaded and submitted with your online application or they may be emailed separately to All letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline.

After the application deadline, a board meets to Professionally Recommend applicants. Approximately ten weeks after the application deadline, results are announced via a status change on the application website. In addition, selected applicants are notified individually and will move on to Phase Two.

Note: If you are not selected, you may reapply by each deadline as long as you remain eligible. You must submit a new application, as all applications and supporting documents are destroyed following board review. The structured interview will remain on file for three years from the interview date. No other structured interview is required or authorized during this three year period.

Phase Two: Apply for a Commission in the U.S. Navy

If your application is selected, you will be considered Professionally Recommended for commissioning and begin Phase Two. In Phase Two, the final selection of applicants is conducted by Navy Recruiting Command. During this phase the following things will occur:


1. A Navy recruiter will work with you to complete the commissioning requirements, including a medical examination and security investigation. Upon successful completion of these requirements, you will be offered a commission.


2. If you accept your commission, you will then take the oath of office for a commission and sign a Service Agreement.

  Application Deadlines

The Spring 2017 selection board results have been approved and those applicants selected are being contacted. All applicants may view their application status by logging into the online application system. The next application deadline will be announced in early summer, and the online application system will reopen for applications at that time. If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at (202) 685-5273 or via the contact us button on the JAG Careers website.

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