Anonymous User wrote:Just my opinions from a fellow applicant:
1. Use your work history to your advantage in your motivation statement and interview. Criminal litigation is a big part of JAG, and they also practice in different areas and move frequently with PCS.
2. Motivation statement is basically a cover letter. Maybe discuss a portion about your fitness, but you also need to write about your work experience, which sounds like your strongest point as discussed in the first point. Also, your photo and the interviewing SJA will assess your fitness.
3. Letters - get 5 of them no matter what. Since you're only three years out, I'd have at least one prof.
Responding to Anon, 12 Oct 2016, 06:41
This reply is spot on (and thankfully far more succinct than I would have been).
Don't overthink the "help me/hurt me" in respect to your work history. There is no changing the past, so embrace it and sell all the positives from that. You be asked why you made the moves when you did, so be ready with a good answer, but in all I see all of your career stuff as a positive - the DA and PD work in particular will sell well.
Don't burn space on your personal statement about running. It will come up in your SJA interview when they discuss fitness standards - that is your moment to talk all about the marathons. I would also consider conducting your own mock PT test and seeing where you score. That is always something you can bring up in the interview as well.
You 100% have to do the letters. And you really should get all five. Co-workers, immediate supervisors, former judges you appeared before frequently, etc -- get creative.