Esquire wrote:This thread needs to evolve. It used to be about being accepted into the JAG program. The vast, vast majority of that information has been disseminated and reiterated. At its inception, many of us were clueless. But together, we pieced together thoughts, hearsay, and more recently, our own firsthand evidence. We've done a lot to demystify the JAG Corps. This thread really is the definitive JAG book.
Now, let's start talking about the career itself. And, more importantly, post career options. You'd be shortsighted to not consider this information before accepting a commission. Does anyone have any idea what JAGs do post JAG Corps?
I'm fairly new so I don't know too many who have transitioned to the civilian sector. The ones I personally know who have retired are O5s and O6s. They took a federal position with the EPA and IG. My secondhand information is that government positions are definitely possible. For younger O3s and O4s. Be it DA, DOJ. I've also heard many JAGs go to solo practice, DUI stuff. I'm not sure whether that's based on personal choice or what. I can't see someone giving up a great gig with a solid salary to chase ambulances, though.
Does anyone else have any info?
I'm in the same boat as you.
I've seen a lot of my peers that punched out end up with ICE, essentially serving as the Government Representative at various types of hearings. Others have ended up with SSA, some as Admin Law Judges. When I was deployed I interacted with DOD Office of General Counsel daily and the GS 12-14 types were almost all former JAGs.
I've been in trial defense last year and a surprising amount (at least to me) of area defense/senior trial/senior defense end up hanging out their own shingle doing criminal defense, almost always as civilian DC at courts-martial with some civilian practice mixed in. All of them seem truly happy with the decision though I cannot see myself doing this. My last court I did alongside a former Navy JAG who now was a civilian DC - he truly loved it and got me thinking about it as an option.
I've heard anecdotally that we are marketable for AUSA positions but until I can meet someone in a hiring position that can tell me that...