Anonymous User wrote:Hello:
I am a rising 3L (just finished up my 2L year) and I am really interested in knowing my odds of getting into JAG Corps through a direct appointment to the USAF. I have a bottom of the barrel GPA, but **I think** other parts of my application are workable.
Here is a rundown of what I am looking at academically:
2.25 GPA (likely to go up, but the maximum I can realistically pull is a 3.0 GPA)
Pro Bono society (lots of hours put in)
Vice President of law school student organization
Chair for annual school fundraising event
Hospice volunteer (what can I say, I like volunteer work)
Excellent working relationship with professors and deans
Clerked my 1L and 2L years at different firms (mid to small firms)
Certificate in Business and Transactional Law
Passes the medical/physical requirements
No history of drugs or alcohol
No arrests, convictions, etc.
It likely isn't relevant, but my family also has a history of service. My grandpa was a military doctor in WWII, my dad was a military police officer in Vietnam, and my brother is a lieutenant colonel in the AF.
So, if there is anyone out there with some insight, an educated opinion, or just some thoughts they want to throw out, please respond.
I hate it to break it to you, but I don't see it happening for you right now.
I am just another recent grad/selectee, but I've been following the forum for a few years, but I have read of many people with better resumes getting turned down.
1) I think the selection Board will have a hard time accepting any applicant with a GPA less than 3.0, no matter how strong the rest of the resume is.
2) Negotiations experience is good, but mock trial and/or moot court is likely looked upon more favorably.
3) Your volunteer work is probably the best thing you have going for you right now.
4) Clerking with local firms is good experience, especially if your work took you to a courtroom often, but an externship or internship with the Air Force, another branch, DA, public defender, or USAO would be preferred.
5) I do not think family history is given any weight.
If USAF-JAGC is your dream, my advice would be to pick up the GPA, join other advocacy programs, find post-grad employment in an office that would give you trial work ASAP, and apply after a few years in that office.
Again, I'm just a guy, but those are my educated thoughts.