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Unless you grew up in a JAG or Air Force family, it’s likely you have many questions about the program. Many questions are answered here, but please feel free to contact us with any specific inquiries.

Q. Is the Air Force JAG Corps currently hiring?

A. Yes, we hire between 80–100 attorneys per year through several different programs.

Q. Is there a minimum GPA or LSAT score?

A. No, we evaluate each candidate using the “whole person” concept, which means we look at academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service, prior military record (if any) work and leadership experience and the staff judge advocate recommendation.

Q. What is the initial service commitment?

A. Four years of active duty service.

Q. Does the Air Force JAG Corps pay for law school?

A. No. The Air Force JAG Corps currently does not offer scholarships to pay for law school. The Air Force, however, offers the Funded Legal Education Program, or FLEP, to commissioned officers on active duty. Under FLEP, commissioned officers on active duty may apply and be competitively selected to attend law school through the Air Forces funding.

Q. What is the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)?

A. The SLRP pays up to $65,000 over a three-year period. Three annual payments are made in equal portions directly to your lender, and the first payment occurs at the completion of your first year of service. Payments are taxable.

Q. Can I apply to the Direct Appointment Program (DAP) without my bar results?

A. Yes. You may apply to the DAP in your 3L year. If selected, you will not enter active duty until you are medically cleared, pass the bar and receive your license and certificate of good standing.

Q. For the application, do law and undergrad transcripts have to be sealed copies or is an unsealed copy okay?

A. The transcripts need to be the official documents, which you must upload into the online application system.

Q. What should I expect during the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) interview?

A. A professional job interview. Additional items you will discuss include: deployments, physical fitness, areas of practice, your personal background and everyday Air Force life.

Q. Will I know my duty station before I enter active duty?

A. Yes. You will be informed of your base assignment prior to entering active duty. You only incur a service obligation after you agree to your assignment.

Q. Will I go through boot camp?

A. No. You will be required to complete Commissioned Officer Training (COT). COT is a four-and-a-half week training course designed to help ease the transition of candidates in the healthcare, legal and religious professions from the private sector into military life. You will begin with a training regimen designed to educate you in the ways of the military. This is an important time during which you will develop into an officer and an Air Force leader. You will participate in physical conditioning five days a week, military training, leadership seminars and classroom studies.