Patrick Bateman wrote:blink wrote:Patrick Bateman wrote:Happy to help.
I've never heard anything official from on high regarding a non-profit like TFA. My personal position, were I ever to find myself as an SJA (will occur when glaciers start forming in hell) or at JAX is that I would look on an experience like that favorably. It reflects that you are willing to serve the greater good and have an ambition beyond just a pay check. Those positions are also not easy to get, so it shows you showed yourself as qualified to someone out there. I've come across a number of different personalities in the JAG Corps all of whom had their own reasons for wanting to serve as an officer. As a result, I've never seen a "true" path in terms of public service, be it being prior enlisted, in a USAO/DOJ/Dist Attorney internship, or something a bit less conventional like TFA.
If you are truly good at it, I would also see being a teacher as a quality that could translate well into the trial-lit and advocacy heavy world of the JAG Corps. Our job is to help non-lawyers make important decisions - explaining technical concepts to someone without that specific technical background strikes me as the bread and butter of teaching. Most of the successful litigation track JAGs I know (Area Defense Counsels, Senior Trial Counsels, etc) like to bounce their arguments off of non-lawyers for that very reason. We make our arguments to a panels of AF officers and occasionally senior enlisted, outside of the JAG career field (unless the forum is military judge alone), so the ability to tone down the lawyer in favor the plain-English core concepts can be an incredibly valuable skill.
Great stuff, Bateman, thanks. One other question that I can't recall ever being answered specifically (but maybe implied often): does the exact degree of physical fitness matter? If I have a perfect score on the fitness tests, will that place me in higher regard than if I have a less impressive, but still sufficient score?
It certainly cannot hurt.
Having only applied to AF DAP, I cannot say if this is different for OYCP/GLP, but I am not aware of any PT as part of the application process. A lot of SJAs will ask applicants where they rank and stack on the PT Test (a very good idea do have done a mock test ahead of time so you can tell them where you are ). From personal experience, physical appearance will speak volumes in this category. There is a reason applicants include a picture as part of the application package. If an appicant looks heavy, it really will not matter if they can somehow still run fast. To be successful, you need to look fit. Looking fat (or having an abysmal law school GPA) will generally kill any interview before it even gets off the ground.
If you can honestly say you have cleared 90 on mock AF PT tests for your interview, you will have the box checked in this regard.
Awesome; thank you again. Last question, I promise! I've been looking all over for any way to get involved with the USAO/DOJ this summer, but I'm having a hard time. I'm going to just call them tomorrow, but before I go in blind, I was wondering if you know of anything that USAO offers to pre-law students? I'd love to get any kind of experience around cases in the DOJ, since that's where I want to end up long term. Everything they seem to have pertains only to current law students. Your help is much appreciated.