Baylan wrote: SocalPizza wrote:
tothePAIN wrote:Is Biglaw essentially not an option?
Only if your TLS handle is Esquire.
The JAG and Biglaw tracks also seem extremely separate. JAGs, at least after their initial 4 year stint, are generalists. Biglaw lawyers are specialists at the vast majority of levels. There also isn't exactly a ton of transactional work, mergers, or litigation outside of criminal litigation in the first few years of a JAGs career.
While a long term specialization might be possible, I bet you'd be looking at an extended stint in the military before you're sufficiently specialized
I think this focus on what the military legal job is like as a training ground for being a BigLaw prospect is misplaced. What the firms will be looking for is someone who has been in the military, learning maturity, responsibility, work ethic, etc. (Seemed to be the theme from my Fall OCI). The fact that the person might have additional expertise in a particular practice area would just be an additional leg up.
FWIW, I have a JAG friend who resigned his commission because he got an awesome job at a NYC boutique (NLJ250). They made him an offer he couldn't refuse, even though he was senior enough to make the 20 year career enticement a serious consideration.