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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).

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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

Internships (Unpaid & Paid)

Full-time positions, either unpaid or paid, are available each summer. Paid internships are generally reserved for 2Ls. Eligible 2L students may apply to the paid and unpaid internship programs (when available).

  • Start: First Monday of June
  • Length: MINIMUM eight (8) weeks, with the option to work for 10-12 weeks. Extensions into the school year are not authorized unless you reapply and are accepted for that additional period.
  • Academic Credit: The Navy JAG Crop’s standard agreement for academic credit is available here. You may also choose to participate in Federal Work Study through your law school. The Navy JAG Corps’ standard Federal Work Study agreement is available here. Please note that these are the only agreement forms that the Navy JAG Corps will accept.
Externships (Unpaid)

Full- or part-time unpaid positions are available during the school year. The Navy JAG Corps supports full-time “Semester In Practice” (SIP) programs.

  • Start: Flexible. Typically begin in August or September
  • Length: Limited to a single semester. Extensions into the summer or follow on semester are not authorized unless you reapply and are accepted for that additional period.
  • Academic Credit: The Navy JAG Crop’s standard agreement for academic credit is available here. Please note that this is the only agreement form that the Navy JAG Corps will accept.
Locations

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, locations have included California, Illinois, Washington DC, Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Washington, Hawaii.

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.

Note: Unpaid 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 experience, visit our blog.

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Application Deadlines

Internships
  • Unpaid 2019 Summer: Application Period Closed
  • Paid 2019 Summer: Application Period Closed
Externships
  • 2019 Fall: June 7, 2019
  • 2020 Spring: TBD Fall 2019

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Unpaid 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
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REQUIRED SECURITY DOCUMENT:
Declaration for Federal Employment

Do not open the application in your browser. You must save it to your computer in order to open the application in Adobe. 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.

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Paid Application Process

The application period has closed for the 2019 Paid Summer Program.

Eligible 2L students are encouraged to apply to both the paid and unpaid internship programs. 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: 157 (range: 138-179)
  • Avg. GPA: 3.14 (range: 2.18-3.9)

Ana Maria Burgos-Solis

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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."