JagHopeful3L wrote:I apologize, because I know I'm likely asking things that have been asked a ton, but this thread is a beast at this point. I've spent a decent amount of time reading it, but can't get through it...
I have a OneNote notebook of the first ~75 pages broken down into categories if you're interested. I started trying to get everything in one central location, but I just haven't had time to finish it. Here's a screenshot of the kind of stuff I have:
I'm going to be a 3L next year, at a school just outside of the t14. K-JD. Grades below median, but above bottom 25%.
Do I actually have a legitimate shot at any of these?
People with your grades/school or worse have been selected recently. Just based on what you've said, it's hard to say what your chances would be. Reading through the thread & talking to JAGs will give you a better idea of what they're looking for. My suggestion for getting in is that once you decide this is what you want to do, start constructing the resume that will get you in. Keep doing more things to show your interest, abilities, etc. Understand that you may not get in, may not get in until the end of your 3L year, or may not get in until after law school.
I understand that Navy is generally out of the picture for 3L's.
I have not heard that before. Perhaps it's true.
I'm guessing, based on some of the timelines, I need to start the process ASAP?
I could be off on the Navy, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard, but I think most boards don't meet again until fall. You should have plenty of time to get your materials together. I would suggest going ahead and starting to see if there is anything that will be difficult to get - letters of recommendation would probably be the biggest hold-up. And putting your application package(s) together might tell you where your applications are weak and give you some time to correct those issues.
As far as MEPs, how long until they do the weighing / physical fitness parts? I got pretty out of shape in law school, and while I'm not that far off.. sadly I need to do some training before I'd pass those.. I've seen some comments about MEPs in timelines, and they seem to be months away, is that always true?
MEPS only addresses whether you medically qualify for service - you don't undergo any physical fitness tests there. You will, however, need to make the weight prescribed for your service at MEPS. For the AF, Army, and Navy, you won't take a PT test until you start your officer training. As a 3L, you're over a year away from this anyway (since you have to get your bar results before you can start). I believe the Marines and possibly the Coast Guard require you to do a PT test as part of your application (other service JAGs, please correct me if I'm off).
How you look will be part of your interview. If you don't look anywhere close to being able to make weight/pass a PT test, that's not good, and I would be shocked if you got a decent recommendation. A little out of shape is fine, but here's what you do. Go find the PT and height-weight requirements of each service you're interested in. Start working towards those goals now. When you interview, even if you don't look like a triathlete, you can detail your progress and also describe that service's requirements. You can then tell your interviewer, "I could only do 20 push-ups in May, but I see that the minimum for my age is 40 push-ups, and the max is 60. I have worked up to doing 40 since May and am working towards 60." Or whatever it is - running, your weight, sit-ups, etc.
Each of the JAG corps are looking for a certain kind of person. It's a very difficult process to fake your way through. My suggestion would be to become the person they're looking for and show them that.