BigFatPanda wrote:Thank you for responding.
For me, i believed that being a citizen is a privilege that had to be earn and once earned, there are significant responsibilities: that is, we all need to do our parts to contribute to the integrity of society and serve to the benefit of our community in whatever way possible. Thus, as a naturalized citizen, i felt it is my duty to serve and to prove to this country that i deserve the privileges of citizenship. In fact, an opportunity to serve in the JAG constitutes a critical if not the sole reason for me to go to law school. I would not hesitate for one second to resign my current position as well as any other opportunities if JAG offers me a commission.
Further, what sort of questions were asked when you interviewed? Do you mind sharing your motivation? And what was your internship like? What sort of work did u do? Do u feel limited in what u can do because you have only one year of law school instructions? What is your daily routine like?
Thank you for any advice.
I'm also a naturalized citizen, and that was one of my primary motivations for applying.
You get asked pretty basic questions during the interview: Why do you want to do this? Why the Army? Have you experienced an ethical dilemma and how was that resolved? Tell me something that's not on your resume, etc. I remember speaking about martial arts for a while, and how doing martial arts improved my life.
The internship was fantastic. I worked with three other interns, as well as two FLEPs (Funded Legal Education Program--basically, Army officers who are being paid to go to law school), and we all became pretty close as the summer went on. The work was 40 hours a week, 9-5, with an hour and a half for lunch. The Deputy Judge Advocate (LTC) did a pretty good job of letting us rotate between different departments, which are Trial Counsel, Trial Defense, Administrative Law, Operational Law, Claims, Legal Assistance, and the Magistrate Court. You won't get to do all of these, and you certainly won't be able to do both Trial Counsel and Trial Defense. Even though I was only assigned to rotate through three of those departments, when there wasn't much work (i.e. the one JAG who runs the Mag Court went on leave for two weeks), I was able to go to other departments and find something to do.
The JAGs on base were really nice to us. They joked with us, they took us to lunch sometimes, and they would hang out with us outside work. For instance, one of the JAGs was a competitive shooter and took me to a shooting range one weekend. Another JAG trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so he rolled with me and taught me some new techniques. In any case, you will definitely be assigned a sponsor who will help you find housing, tell you about the area, and make sure that your internship goes smoothly.
My routine varied based on which department I was working in, but for the most part, I went to my workspace in the morning and solicited work from the JAGs. If there was a court martial that day, I would usually go and watch. The days were sometimes broken up with social events (cake for someone's birthday, etc.) or ceremonies on base (e.g., a parade for the Army's birthday in June). Toward the end of the internship, we had some sort of spirit week that involved a lot of runs and competitive events.
As a 1L, I didn't really feel limited in the work that I could do. By the end of your 1L year, you should be able to write professional memos, client letters, and persuasive briefs. Because my work was mainly research based (e.g., "I need some caselaw on what 'shirking hazardous duty' means because I'm thinking of charging this guy for desertion"), I mostly wrote memos. The only area I was unsure about was Evidence, because I hadn't taken it yet, but my experience in mock trial helped me follow along with the different evidentiary issues that came up during courts martial.
One last thing: a lot of the stuff over the summer is "optional" but I would highly recommend participating at least a bit, especially if you want to really experience the military lifestyle. For example, morning PT was optional, but I tried to go twice a week to see what it was like to wake up at 5:30am and exercise. Likewise, if there's a softball league, join it and drink beer with the JAGs afterward.
I hope that helps!