ArmyOfficer wrote:I am planning to apply for the 2011 Army Funded Legal Application Proogram in a few months when the application window opens. I have a 167 LSAT score, good GPA, and good OERs. Is there anybody here that was picked up for Army FLEP before and has any hints of what makes a successful packet? Or anybody applying this year that has any thoughts? Thanks.
I'm a FLEP candidate -- I'll graduate in 2012. The absolute BEST thing that you can have in your packet are detailed, insightful letters of recommendation, PREFERABLY from your brigade commander, discussing your ability to succeed as a brigade-level staff officer (which is what a JAG is, natch). I had three, all from the same unit -- two LTCs (my brigade XO and battalion commander), and one from my brigade commander. All three emphasized my ability to synthesize information, keep my commanders informed, brief well, be calm and confident under pressure, etc etc. If any can discuss your previous legal experience (IE, were you a 15-6 officer ever, or did you ever investigate a FLIPL?) then that's awesome too. However, what's most important about these LORs is that they be personal, from people who can actually talk about you as a person and as an officer.
Too many people get these generic LORs from generals (like their division commander or something) which say absolutely nothing of value (great officer! a credit to the corps!) because it's obvious that the guy wouldn't be able to pick the candidate out of a line up. That being said, if you were ever a general's aide, or a general can give you a legit LOR, then absolutely go with that person. You just need something that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Your LSAT is great, but numbers aren't really what the FLEP board is looking for -- I know people who had 150-ish LSATs who still got picked up. The board is looking for a "total officer" -- so, your OERs and service record (any deployments, awards, that sort of thing) will mean more to them than your grades and LSAT.