Puttanesca wrote:BamaNug wrote:Hello all. I'm sure it's an incredibly vague question, but inquiring about the chances as a 27 year old with 2+ years experience at a large law firm. Asking specifically about Navy JAG, but any input on the other branches would be much appreciated.
-bottom law school, right around 110-120. I guess the 2nd best in Alabama?
-Top 5%, 3.8, law review and editorial board of the same
-Worked for 2+ years at one of the biggest litigation firms in Alabama (not big law, but big for Alabama I guess?). In court a lot, but no trial experience. Mainly behind a desk
-Former college football player (safety), and still in very good shape. Currently training for half marathon
-Grandfather was in Dday and stormed Normandy
Just interested in any general thoughts on my chances. Will happily clarify anything,
I think Navy is going to be the most difficult. They take only about 5 attorneys through Direct Appointment each year. From my understanding, most of the Navy JAG's are from the Student Program.
You seem like a good candidate for JAG in general though, but selection is such a black box it is difficult to know what your chances are. The college athlete part, your grades, and your litigation related experience will be looked upon very favorably. Do you have any public service or volunteer work?
Thanks for the response. Through minimal research, I've also seen that Navy JAG direct appointment is incredibly selective. I'm not deadset on Navy, but it would likely be my first choice. But like you said, it's really difficult to find and reluable info one way or the other.
Are Air Force and/or Army JAG as difficult?
Unfortunately, very little public service/volunteer work (I guess it's never too late to start, though).
Lastly, is it typical to apply for multiple branches of JAG? As in apply to Air Force/Army/Navy all at the same time? Or is that frowned upon in the admission process? I would imagine with how selective they are that's almost standard practice for applicants.