Army

October 4, 2013

Become an Army lawyer

Funded Legal Education Program sends commissioned officers to law school – free

The Army’s Office of The Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty commissioned officers to law school at government expense. Selected officers will attend law school beginning the fall of 2014 and will remain on active duty while attending law school.

Interested officers should review chapter 14, Army Regulation 27-1 (the JAG’s Funded Legal Education Program) to determine their eligibility. This program is open to commissioned officers in the rank of second lieutenant through captain. Applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of total active Federal service at the time legal training begins. Eligibility is governed by statute (10 U.S.C. 2004) and is non-waivable.

Eligible officers interested in applying should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Applicants must send their request through command channels, to include the officer’s branch manager at AHRC, with a copy furnished to the Office of The Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron-Rm 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310, to be received by Nov. 1, 2013. Submission of the application well in advance of the deadline is advised.

Interested officers should contact Capt. Philip Lee at the Fort Irwin Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at 380-2338 or philip.h.lee9.mil@mail.mil for further information.

Testimonials:

Maj. Eric Hettinga, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate: “I participated in the FLEP and it has been a great experience. I was commissioned a Field Artillery officer, and served at Fort Sill, Okla., from 1998-2002 in a variety of positions, to include platoon leader, Battery XO, and Battalion S1. I really enjoyed Field Artillery, but when I heard about the FLEP opportunity I was intrigued and applied for the program. Luckily I was accepted, and after law school joined the JAG Corps. The JAG Corps is a fantastic place to work; there are new challenges every day and I am always learning. Another thing I really like about the JAG Corps is that it is relatively small, creating a family/team-like environment.”

Maj. Gilbert Comley, Senior Defense Counsel: “After re-deploying from Iraq in 2005 and having served as a Cavalry Scout Platoon Leader and Troop XO, I knew that I wasn’t going to stay branched Field Artillery for the rest of my Army career. Not knowing how long my Army career might last, I registered to take the LSAT and somehow it went well which led me to apply for the FLEP. Not thinking in a million years that I would get picked up for FLEP – I had already completed my REFRAD paperwork. Upon selection, the FLEP kicked off the best three year stretch of my career! Over the last four years, my experience in the JAG Corps has been great; it is the perfect blend of Legal Practice and Army Play – if you enjoy both, the FLEP is something you should look into.”




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