twenty wrote:1) What do you think made you stand out for GLP? (without outing yourself too much!)
2) Why volunteer over the summer if you already have a guaranteed job lined up?
3) Do you start the GLP application process with a recruiter, or with your local det.?
Get ready for a long answer, haha.
From my own experience, I think the biggest single factor in GLP selection is the interview. I knew I wasn't very good at interviewing, so I met with my school's career office around 5 times for tips and mock interviews. For me, planning what I was going to say to the obvious questions (why military, tell me about yourself, leadership experience, etc.) and practicing was huge. I dressed very formally but wasn't overly formal with the interviewer - especially as someone without prior military service, I knew he wouldn't be expecting me to treat him as a superior officer. I was still respectful and a little more formal than usual, but tried to not stifle my personality.
I also had very (VERY) good undergrad grades, so I'm sure that helped counteract the fact that the board had absolutely nothing from law school but my first-semester grades. I don't think grades are more important than the rest of the application, though.
I think he liked to see the initiative I took as well, not many people know that you can apply to the AF in your first semester, so if you do you're in a much smaller pool. No idea if that matters in the grand scheme of things, but who knows! I'm also a first-gen college grad, which I emphasized along with the fact that I came to law school specifically with JAG in mind. Although I have no immediate family who was/is in the military, I was able to give thoughtful and sincere reasons why I chose JAG - this is where the practice comes in. But if you're just applying because you haven't found a job and it's just another option for you, they'll probably be able to tell.
I took the job with the Navy primarily for the experience. Yes it was expensive (DC! Yikes), but I am really glad I did. It was a really great experience and I definitely got a feel for how the legal system works on a base. It was a little different because most of what they do at HQ is not what you'll be doing on your first tour, but for me especially it was great to be immersed in that environment and make connections. I'm pulling for Army next year because I really gained a respect for the Navy and Marine Corps through working with them that the AF doesn't provide, haha. Plus, joint ops are the way of the future so I figure being able to relate to and understand the other services is really important.
I began the application process by filling out the online application, but one of those documents for the GLP is a letter from your area det commander saying he's met with you and he'd be willing to accept you into the program. So before my interview, I went in to talk with the commander and it was pretty informal. Most of the application stuff I figured out on my own just using the resources they have on the internet, I actually never talked to a recruiter and had been unable to go to the one information session they held at my school.
Ok that was probably more info than you wanted, let me know if you have any other questions!