By the 7th Army Training Command Legal Office

 

What is the Funded Legal Education Program?

Each year the U.S. Army selects up to 25 highly qualified Active Duty officers and NCOs to attend law school, leave their basic branch, and become Judge Advocates in the JAG Corps. This year’s application period is from Aug. 1 through Nov. 1, 2021.

 

Who can apply?

Regular Army officers and NCOs in the Operations, Operations Support, Force Sustainment, Health Services, Special Operations, and Cyber branches who:

  • Are US citizens
  • Are on the Active Duty List (ADL) in the grade of O-1 to O-3, or E5-E7
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • For commissioned officers, have between 2 and 6 years of active Federal Service
  • For NCOs, have between 4 and 8 years of active Federal Service
  • Possess at least a secret security clearance
  • Do not have an approved resignation or separation date
  • Eligibility requirements are statutory and cannot be waived

 

Who gets accepted?

When considering an applicant’s file, the selection board members use the “whole person concept.” Board members evaluate the undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, LSAT score, ORB, OERs, SJA interview letter, and the applicant’s statement of motivation to attend law school. Applicants with 2 1/2 to 4 years of
commissioned service are the most competitive. In 2016, 25 officers were selected for FLEP. The average undergraduate GPA was 3.63, and the average LSAT was 163 (88th percentile). In 2015, 25 officers were selected. The average undergraduate GPA was 3.60, and the average LSAT was 162 (85th percentile).

 

What do I need to do to apply?

You should register immediately for the next LSAT and start studying. You will need to submit a valid LSAT score before the board convenes. You should also start gathering your application materials, such as college-level and higher official transcripts. You can also contact your local SJA POC (see below) to schedule an interview. Finally, start your application memo! The memo needs to be approved through the O6 level before you can submit it, so make sure you start well ahead of the deadline.

Learn More

Research:

  • AR 27-1, Chapter 10
  • MILPER Message 21-096
  • Facebook Group – Army FLEP

Ask:

  • If you have questions, reach out to a JAG you know, or to your local JAG office (see below)
  • The 7ATC POC for FLEP coordination is CPT Michael Connors, the Ansbach Administrative Law Attorney. You may reach him at DSN 587-0757 or michael.a.connors12.mil@mail.mil.


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