Judge Advocate General (JAG)

Community Overview: 

As a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, you will encounter opportunities and experiences far beyond those you can expect from an ordinary law firm.

Specific areas of practice include: military justice, legal assistance, international law, operational law, administrative law, environmental law, civil litigation, humanitarian assistance and refugee law, admiralty and maritime law, and legislative liaison.

Training Pipeline After Commission: 

(Student Selection Program(SSP))
Those wishing to enter the JAG Corps must first attend the 5-week Officer Development School (ODS) course in Newport, Rhode Island, that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of being a Navy Staff Corps Officer.

Following this they proceed to Naval Justice School (NJS), also located in Newport, RI for about nine weeks. Upon graduation from NJS, new judge advocates report to their first duty stations. Enroute they receive one week of naval orientation at the Naval Legal Service Office in Norfolk, VA and then spend a two week indoctrination period on a naval vessel. Service of the four-year active duty obligation does not commence until they have reported to their first duty station.

(Direct Appointment(DA) - 2 per year)
Those wishing to enter the JAG Corps must first attend the 5-week Officer Development School (ODS) course in Newport, Rhode Island, that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of being a Navy Staff Corps Officer.

Following this, JAG Corps Officers attend Naval Justice School, a ten-week course that teaches military trial procedures, methods of obtaining evidence, court-martial advocacy techniques, and application of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Special Pay/Bonuses: 

None

Active Duty Obligation: 
4 yrs Active from date of commission.
Service Obligation: 
At least eight years total active and inactive duty commitment.
Age Requirement: 
At least 21 and less than 35.
Education Requirements: 
Full-time student at ABA Law School with at least one year completed or graduate awaiting Bar admission (SSP)
Graduate of ABA accredited law school (DA)
Passed Bar Exam in one of the 50 states (DA)
Medical Requirements: 
Correctable to 20/20 (waivers considered).
Color vision not required.
PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waiverable.