evanvanreg wrote:I am not worried so much about employment prospects immediately upon graduating, being that I will be serving as a Judge Advocate within the USMC.
How do you know? You have to apply and go through a rigorous interview process, as well as it being highly competitive and selective. I am a former Marine Police Officer and worked with Marine Jag's firsthand daily. They told me it's akin to getting a BigLaw job in the way the Marine Corps selects its Jag's, i.e. they look for Tier 1 grads. Not trying to burst your bubble, just wanted to give you a heads up to help you make your decision. Definitely go with the higher ranked and more specialized school you can.
Well, the Marine Corps is quite a bit different than other branches in many ways as you know. I will attend Officer Candidate School this summer with a law declaration. Following my graduation and subsequent commission, I will attend school and pass the bar. Upon passing the bar, I will be ordered to Basic school like every Marine Officer. Following Basic school, attend Naval School of Justice in Rhode Island. I think the selection process is less intense because if you're a bad lawyer, you can be ordered to do other "non-legal duties". Unlike the Navy, wheras you have a guarantee to practice law in the military. If you have other information, or dispute this, please do so, because like I said, I am still not in the Marine Corps so am still learning.