Patrick Bateman wrote:ALeal90 wrote:If in the event I don't get an opportunity with JAG during this gap year do you guys suggest just doing work under my local city attorney instead? The folks at MacDill base said even though my resume looks great preference is always given to students already enrolled law school. I don't know if the same goes for SoComm but I have seen some other forums on the web that say the general rule of thumb is to get involved with law in the public sector if you can't get anything directly with the military. Any substance to this? Would it set up nicely to get a potential internship after 1L especially if the folks at MacDill have some sort of familiarity with my resume?
Sorry to hear that things did not shake out for you at the base.
USSOUTHCOM would be an interesting experience. They are one of the unified combatant commands, so you would get a much different experience and breadth of exposure - they are also obviously joint, which is a great way to see the similarities and differences between the serviecs. Also, make sure you are sticking with the official designations (USSOUTHCOM or SOUTHCOM vice SoComm). SoComm might get confused with USSOCOM (US Special Operations Command) at MacDill. We always like it when you can speak military.
MacDill is also a great base. You would likely be at base legal for the 6 AMW, supporting the KC-135 refueler mission. There is a ton of brass and other important commands at MacDill as well: United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), United States Marine Forces Central Command (MARCENT), among others.
As noted above, you can also touch base with the ADC at MacDill to see if she would want to take you on.
If the JAG angle does not work out, absolutely pursue the city attorney's office and reengage with JAG as a 1L.
I think if USSOUTHCOM doesn't pan out I'll probably just work under my city attorney for 4-6 months and continue to save money to put towards law school by working a little job on the side. MacDill would be great but I just don't have the resources to move up there by myself and support myself while working for free. It's not like I have the luxury of borrowing from the federal government with a reasonable interest rate or funding from a scholarship at this point in time and even if I did get some sort of job up there I'd rather put the $$ towards LS. I have family in the area near SOUTHCOM so I wouldn't have to worry about living expenses but I am still waiting to hear back from SOUTHCOM. I'll try contacting them again if I don't hear back in about a week or two. I really feel like I have done all I can do at this point and it's really in God's hands now. If there are any other suggestions you guys have for me I'd love to hear them. At least I have time on my side right now as I am still over a year away to beginning law school so all is not lost for now.