CDO NOTE: Interviews will take place on September 15, 2017 at Denver Law in Room 225. These are structured interviews that are required as part of the application process due on Nov. 1. Please contact CDO Career Consultant John McKee for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. ARMY JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S CORPS INFORMATION
Background: The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps interviews interested applicants for both paid summer internships and accession to active duty. Applications are due by 1 November 2017. The application process consists of two parts. First, you must complete an interview with a Field Screening Officer (FSO). An FSO will visit your law school to conduct interviews. You are also required to submit an online application. Both parts must be completed prior to the 1 November 2017 deadline.
Summer Internships: Summer internships run for 60 calendar days. Interns can be assigned to any JAG office worldwide. Interns are expected to pay their own travel and lodging costs, but will be assigned a sponsor at their duty station to help them find housing and settle in to the area. Summer interns assist Judge Advocates in a variety of practice areas, including legal assistance (family law, consumer law, estate planning, tax law, military administrative law), administrative law, and helping to prepare criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions.
Active Duty Accession: 3Ls and graduates are eligible to apply. Active duty Judge Advocates assume immediate challenges and responsibility upon their first assignment, and can practice in a variety of areas, including criminal law, administrative law, legal assistance (family law, consumer law, estate planning, tax law, military administrative law), claims, and operational law (for example, the Laws of War/Rules of Engagement). New Judge Advocates will be assigned with experienced military and civilian attorneys for mentorship and guidance. Judge Advocates come from virtually every state, and the JAG Corps fosters an environment that encourages professional growth and development coupled with an enhanced quality of life. Judge Advocates accrue 30 days of vacation (leave) per year. Active duty applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be under the age of 42 at the time of entering active duty.
INTERVIEW AND APPLICATION TIPS
The role of the Field Screening Officer (FSO). The Field Screening Officer (FSO) is assigned to interview and assess candidates for both the summer internship and active duty programs. The FSO submits a written report with recommendations to the U.S. Army JAG Corps selection board prior to the 1 November application deadline. The selection board reviews all FSO reports in conjunction with your personal applications before choosing the most qualified applicants.
Take the interview seriously. Entry into the U.S. Army JAG Corps is a very competitive process. The FSO is the only individual who will be meeting with you in person and making an assessment to the selection board about your ability to be successful as either a summer intern or on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps. This is your opportunity to shine, and to let the FSO know in greater detail about your interest in the JAG Corps, to include the qualifications that you bring. It also allows you to ask questions. Please come prepared and dressed professionally.
Review the online application prior to your interview. The interview is only a small portion of the application process, and you should be familiar with the online application prior to the interview.
FSO CONTACT INFORMATION
CPT Tahimy A. Espaillat
CDO ID #15176