unc0mm0n1 wrote: BruceWayne wrote:
detrmnd88 wrote:With USAF JAG DAP acceptance rates as low as they are, how much do you all think a 2L AF Summer Internship will help with acceptance??
How low are they? May I ask why USAF is your first choice?
I'm not going back in the military but I was a legal administrator with the Army and I'd go AF over Army any day. No 15 month deployments, Basically no legal assistance or best of all limited tax center. Plus the living conditions are better for the Air Force (if you get on post housing or are deployed).
The internship remains the single best way for a civilian DAP applicant to distinguish themselves and get selected. That said, it is no longer a guarantee for selection due to previously mentioned cut throat selection rates. To borrow from the LSAT, think of it as necessary but not sufficient. To be sure, there are non-interns that are being selected and interns that are dinged, but as a general rule, I would have to say that the interns that have a successful summer and a favorable SJA recommendation are going to be in the best shape. Again, this is for the pure civilians, not the prior-enlisted, etc. At this point, even highly qualified applicants with the right JAG credentials (vice BigLaw credentials) really need to be willing to endure at least 3-4 boards. Over the past 24 months, the boards are typically selecting 10-15 out of a 300+ pool. The April board was eliminated this year which means 10-15 less accessions than we usually take.
For clarification regarding the Air Force experience: we do a significant amount of legal assistance at the base legal office level. I cannot comment on how this compares to the Army but any base that is in a location favored by retirees will be pulling a fair amount of LA shifts. While I am at a very large base, our tax center is a full time position for a JAG, the civilian director, and two paralegals. While we do not have the 15 month deployments, the amount of 365s that are being tasked to the O-3s is rising considerably.