Mroberts3 wrote:Hey guys,
I posted in this thread before and got some great info, so I'm back for more. I've decided to apply to the GLP this year. My school has an AFROTC detachment, and I plan on talking to them soon to get the ball rolling. I think I have a good handle on the steps required/time-line for the GLP, so now I've turned my attention to the application package itself.
First off, what does one usually write their motivational statement about? I was confused about what a personal statement for law school was supposed to be, but once I read a few and saw what people said I think I was able to write a pretty good one. If anyone could share their JAG statement or just tell me about it, that would be awesome.
Second, where should I get LORs from? As a 1L who took a year off, I'm a little unsure. Law profs will only have had me for a semester. Any bosses will have only had me for a year (and that year ended 6 months ago). UG professors haven't seen me for a year and a half...you get the idea. People seem to have been able to get current or former JAGs to write LORs for them -- how did you do that? I'm hoping that the DAP people simply have better applications overall and that I'm psyching myself out.
Finally, how do you construct your resume to focus on JAG? I only have a couple of things that they will remotely care about. 1) Volunteered on my year off for the Civil Air Patrol 2) have had my pilot's license since high school (not that they care about JAGs flying, but I think it shows dedication and maturity). 3) an internship at the City Attorney's office one summer of UG. 4) I did mock trial (but this was HS). I also filled in at a law office as a file clerk -- nothing special. Other than that it was random jobs over the summer/year off to make money. I worked part time in UG, but it was just a throwaway student type job. Any advice here? I just feel like such a civilian...
Last thing has been discussed several times. What effect does school rank have exactly? I'm at a 20-14 school, but without grades I just feel like I have no idea where I stand. I'd like to think rank helps me some -- like would I still have a chance if I were at median?
Any advice on making my application to the GLP as good as it can be would be much appreciated!
I know a lot of these questions are probably in this thread somewhere and seem repetitive, so I'll keep looking back through to see if I missed an answer to one of my questions.
1. Motivational Statement: I can only comment on this based on my DAP statement - no idea if GLP asks for anything different. You will obviously want to cover why you want to serve and why you want to serve with AF JAG. I also think it is good idea to work in what you have to offer - everyone states why they should serve but neglect to address what you can do for the JAG Corps should they let you in.
2. You need people who know you well and can speak to your work ethic, character, and the like. I would avoid grasping at straws and end up with a bunch of "meh" LORs. You have to have been involved with something throughout college. Those supervisors/faculty/etc are probably going to be your best resource given what you've said. I would not get some random JAG to write you a LOR for the sh*ts & grins of having a JAG write you a LOR.
3. You don't have an idea of what "they will remotely care about" so quit trying to guess. Use your common sense here. Have a professional resume that you would give to a law firm or Fed Govt agency. You can include the CAP and PPL but would you include information about your high school ECs or random part-time college crap on a resume for a Vault level law firm?
4. Your law school's rank does not matter.