Only active duty officers may apply for FLEP. The selection process is competitive. Academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service, prior military record, work experience and the SJA recommendation are all considered. The Judge Advocate General selects the best-qualified applicants based upon the recommendations of a board of senior judge advocates. Applicants are notified of the results by letter.
- Must be a citizen of the United States serving on extended active duty as an Air Force Officer
- Must be in the pay grade of O-3 or below
- Must have served on active duty for at least two, but not more than six years (including enlisted time), at the time their law school would begin
- Must have graduated from an ABA-approved college with a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent
- Selectees begin their legal education in the fall of the year in which they are selected
- Transfer to the JAG Corps is contingent upon graduation from an ABA-approved law school and admission to practice law in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia.
The FLEP tuition limits are set by Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) on an annual basis and vary from year to year based on available funding. If you're chosen for FLEP, you are not permitted to supplement tuition expenses or fees with any need-based scholarships, private or personal funding sources or the GI Bill. If approved by AFIT and HQ USAF/JAX, you can supplement tuition with an academic-based scholarship.
If selected for FLEP, you will be assigned to the AFIT and will be required to inform AFIT of your academic progress. You are also required to perform summer externships at Air Force legal offices during law school summer vacations.
Participation in FLEP requires a two-year Active Duty Service Commitment (ADSC) for each year, or part thereof, you spend in the program. This ADSC runs consecutive to any existing service commitment. Any preexisting ADSC will toll during law school and begin again upon completion of the bar exam.
How to Apply
A selection board convenes in March each year. The deadline for completion of the online application and hiring interview is March 1. You must schedule a hiring interview with a Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) at any active duty Air Force Base (AFB) through the online application processing system. Schedule interviews as early as possible—before February 15. You must complete the online application before conducting your interview. After the interview, the SJA will prepare a written report that is forwarded to HQ USAF/JAX.
Air Force Base Locations
To schedule an appointment for a hiring interview, please contact a Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) at the AFB near you through the online application processing system. You can find a map of all AFB locations here:Base Locations
You must upload the following items when applying:
Note: Images must be jpg and no larger than 1MB. PDFs must be no larger than 3MB.
- Full-length color photograph (in service dress, 5" x 7" or 8" x 10", jpg)
- Release Letter from AFPC Functional Manager (PDF)
- Motivational statement (limited to one page, double-spaced, one-inch margins and 11-point Times New Roman font, PDF)
- Résumé (PDF)
- Writing sample (optional, 10 pages or less, PDF)
- Law School Application Form, Law School Letters of Acceptance, Academic Scholarship Letters (FLEP Law Schools, PDF)
- DD Form 214 (if prior military, PDF)
- Officer SURF, Officer Performance Reports, Training Reports or Enlisted Performance Reports (if applicable, PDF)
- LSAT percentile (can be the report that was mailed to you—you do not need to activate your LSDAS/LSAC account, PDF)
- Official undergraduate transcripts (originals, PDFs)
- Letter(s) of recommendation (up to five, PDFs)
Recommendation letters should be written by someone who can attest to his or her observations of your work ethic, duty performance, leadership potential, etc. Address all letters to “Selection Board Members” at the address below. DO NOT mail recommendation letters directly to the selection board. Rather, upload them as part of your online application.