Direct Appointment/Active Duty (Postgraduate) JAG Corps Information

Are you looking at the JAG Corps for your next opportunity?  Here’s some information to help you start your research:

Air Force:

  • The Direct Appointment program applications are due November 10, 2014; interviews must be complete by December 1, 2014.  We are seeking applications at from 3L students (day) 4L (evening), LL.M. and alumni who meet the minimum qualifications (U.S. Citizen, 35 years or younger, and student/graduate of an ABA approved law school). The Air Force expects to hire 80-100 new active duty Assistant Staff Judge Advocates in 2015.


  • The Active Duty application must be submitted online and is due Saturday, November 1 at: Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: Be a citizen of the United States; Have earned a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; Admitted to the bar for the federal/highest court of any state in the United States or the District of Columbia (note: 3L students may also apply); Be able to serve 20 years of active commissioned service before reaching the age of 62 (under the age of 42 at the time of entry onto active duty). More information here:

Coast Guard:

  • The Direct Commission Lawyer Program hires between 6 and 12 new attorneys each year. The recruiting cycle runs with the fiscal year (Oct 1 – Sep 30), with one to three selection boards between October and February for training starting July or August.  More information can be found here:

Marine Corps:

  • 1L, or 2L year – Students interested in the U.S. Marine Corps may apply for the PLC-Law program during their first or second year of law school. Upon acceptance, participants must complete a 10-week course during one summer at Officer Candidate School in Quantico. Upon completion of OCS, they are sworn in as second lieutenants and placed on inactive duty in the Marine Corps Reserve pending completion of law school and passage of the bar.


  • The Spring 2015 deadline for the Direct Appointment Program is February 13, 2015. Becoming a judge advocate is a two phase process. The first phase is to apply for a Professional Recommendation to become a judge advocate. If you are Professionally Recommended you then apply for a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy. More information at  To be eligible for appointment in the Navy JAG Corps DA Program, applicants must: be a United States citizen of good moral character; be younger than 42 years of age at time of commissioning; be a graduate of a law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA); be admitted to practice before a Federal Court, the highest court of a State, Territory or Commonwealth or the District of Columbia; and meet the physical and medical requirements for commission in the Navy.
  • PLEASE NOTE: 2L or 3L year – Students may apply after completing their first year of law school. Upon selection, students are commissioned in the inactive Navy Reserve while they finish law school. After completing law school, gaining bar admission, and successful completion of the Navy Officer Development School, participants are appointed as active-duty Navy judge advocates. This is the most common way to become a Navy JAG Corps officer.