Judge Advocate General

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  • Start applying in August 2015 for the October 2015 board. The application is due September 10, 2015, and interviews must be completed by October 1, 2015.
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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 and life in the Air Force. Many questions are answered here, but please feel free to contact us at 1-800-JAG-USAF 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. Each part of your application is evaluated before a hiring decision is made.

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 (i.e., once two-thirds of the credits required for your ABA-approved law degree are complete). 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. In some cases, this may require you to order official sealed transcripts and then open the sealed envelope in order to upload the document into the online accessions 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?

Yes. If you applied to the Direct Appointment Program, 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. If you apply and are selected to the ROTC program, you will be informed of your base assignment at the completion of your ROTC training.

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.

Q. How long does the application process take?

A. All applications must be uploaded into the online application system no later than the 10th of the month prior to the accession board. Once you submit your materials online, you will select an interview location. Please allow 3–4 business days for personnel from the interview location to reach out to you to schedule an interview. Interviews must be completed by the first of the month of the accession board. The accession board makes recommendations on selection to the Judge Advocate General. Once the Judge Advocate General approves the list of accessions, selection notifications are provided to all applicants. Results are usually provided within 60–90 days after the board meets.

Q. Once selected, when can I start active duty?

A. If you are selected, you then begin the process to be classified as medically qualified for military service. The timeline for medical qualification varies. After you become medically qualified, pass the bar and obtain a certificate of good standing from at least one State or U.S. territory, we will provide you with your assignment location. Finally, you’ll need to wait for a position to open up for Commissioned Officer Training.

Q. I am a nontraditional law student. When can I apply?

A. You are eligible to apply to our Direct Appointment Program once you have completed two-thirds of the credits required for your law degree. If you are a nontraditional law student and interested in our ROTC programs, please call us at 1-800-JAG-USAF to inquire about your individual situation and timing.

Q. If selected, what will my pay and benefits look like?

A. Our pay and benefits are competitive! Find out more about pay and allowances here. Find out more about our lifestyle benefits here.