juicetrain76 wrote:Hey guys,
I'm currently a junior in undergrad aiming for Navy JAG or Coast Guard JAG. Can anyone with experience with either of these programs speak to how my volunteer experience can help me land an internship at some point? I'm currently in the process of applying to volunteer with the VA facility near my school, plus I'm a military brat so I'm hoping those + other extracurriculars will help me land an internship.
Internships really aren't that hard to get, particularly if you're geographically flexible. Just have a good answer to the "why JAG?" question. Anything you can do to demonstrate that you understand the military is good, so volunteering with the VA is fine. But really, you're putting the cart way before the horse here. Focus on getting good grades + crushing the LSAT, and then go to the best school you can at the best price to maximize your opportunities, both JAG and non-JAG.
You might also consider doing time in the military between undergrad and law school. Being prior service is a big boost. You could apply to OCS when you finish your undergrad degree and apply for the FLEP program once you're in the Navy, or get out and use the GI Bill for law school.
Jam3jr wrote:Does anyone know of married JAG couples? My boyfriend and I are both thinking of applying when we enter law school (current undergrad seniors) but are concerned that we may not be stationed in the same location. I know that each branch typically tries to station married couples in the same area, but that it isn't guaranteed. I assume that, because JAG positions are more limited, it would be more difficult to place a married couple in the same location. Does anyone have experience with this?
The Navy is really aggressive about colocation, so from what I've seen most dual-Navy couples end up at the same duty station. That said, that's no guarantee you'll be on the same deployment schedule. It gets really dicey when you have couples that are dual service; an Army officer married to a Navy officer, etc. That really limits the number of places that you can both be stationed and jacks up the probability that you'll be long distance.