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Lifelong opportunities for lifelong enrichment
As a JAG, you’ll have every opportunity to continue educating and challenging yourself, taking your career to new and rewarding places.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses are an excellent way to sharpen your skills throughout your career.
You may also apply for tuition-free Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs in specialties such as government contract law, environmental law, labor law, cyber law, air and space law and international law. This is a competitive program that typically selects more experienced captains and majors. Those selected receive full tuition, fees and a book allowance from the Air Force while continuing to serve on active duty, thus receiving full pay, allowances and other benefits while obtaining their advanced degree. After completing the program, you will receive an assignment that utilizes your advanced legal education.
Military developmental education is also available. Opportunities include Squadron Officers College, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
Student loan repayment and tuition support
The USAF Judge Advocate General’s Corps currently has a Student Loan Repayment Program (JA-SLRP). Under this program, eligible JAGs can apply for up to $65,000 toward student loan repayment. Payments are made directly to a qualified lender over a three-year period, starting after you have completed the first year of service as a JAG officer. In addition, many Judge Advocates may benefit from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and income-based loan repayment plan of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 [LINK TO: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/ed-debt].
For continuing education costs, you may also be able to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It’s even possible to transfer your benefits to your spouse or dependent children.
View details on loan repayment and financial incentives offered [LINK TO: http://www.airforce.com/jag/dl/JAG/financial_incentives_brochure_TJAG.pdf].
Special courses are continually offered through the JAG Corps to help you become more specialized in your field or knowledgeable about a new one. A few of the many courses offered include: advanced environmental law, advanced labor and employment law, advanced trial advocacy, federal employee labor law and negotiation and appropriate dispute resolution.
The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School also offers continuing legal education seminars on various subjects approved for credit by most state bar associations. In addition, the school offers webcasts each month on specific subjects.
The Judge Advocate General’s Corps publishes The Air Force Law Review and The Reporter [LINK TO: http://www.afjag.af.mil/library/index.asp], which contain articles submitted by Judge Advocates. Many of our attorneys also participate in National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs.